Pediatric Emergency Dentistry – Worcester, MA

Professional Care Right When You Need It

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Parenthood is unpredictable, and unfortunately, some surprises aren’t exactly pleasant. In fact, they can be downright stressful. If your child suddenly has a painful toothache, or they sustain a dental injury, don’t worry—Kids' Smiles on Lincoln is ready to help. Just give us a call, explain the situation, and we’ll schedule them for a same-day appointment if necessary to receive pediatric emergency dentistry from our Worcester, MA emergency dentist. We’re able to act fast when it matters most to provide the relief our dental patients deserve!

Why Choose Kids' Smiles on Lincoln for Pediatric Emergency Dentistry?

  • Same-Day Emergency Dental Appointments
  • Team Led by Certified Pediatric Dentist
  • Dental Insurance & MassHealth Accepted

How We Treat Pediatric Dental Emergencies

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  • Initial Call/Screening: On the phone, explain the situation as best you can, and we’ll tell you what to do next. We’ll go over first-aid tips and let you know whether or not you should bring your child to our pediatric dental office (or to the emergency room in certain circumstances).
  • Same-Day Appointment: If necessary, we’ll schedule your child for an appointment as soon as possible, even the same day that you call in. We leave time open for emergencies every single day, so it should be easy to work you in if your child needs help right away.
  • Screening/Diagnosis: Once you arrive, we’ll examine your child’s mouth, determine what exactly is causing the problem, and then we’ll go over your treatment options.
  • Relieve Pain/Make Repairs: We’ll do our best to get your child out of pain as quickly as possible, and if time allows, we will repair any damage to the teeth and mouth.

Most Common Pediatric Dental Emergencies

There are many kinds of situations that are considered to be dental emergencies, so if your child’s problem falls into any of these categories, don’t delay in reaching out to our dental office to get the help they need. Here is how we handle a few common dental emergencies:

Understanding the Cost of Treating Pediatric Dental Emergencies

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The cost of immediately seeking out dental care will always be cheaper than waiting around and allowing the problem to progress! That said, the price of care will also largely depend on the nature of the problem and the types of procedures needed to address it. We will thoroughly review all of this information when you come in for your visit, plus we can discuss how we can use your insurance and financing to make things more affordable.

Every Pediatric Dental Emergency Is Different

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You’ll be happy to know that emergency pediatric dentistry often isn’t as expensive as you’d expect! This is because every situation varies from patient to patient; for example, a slightly damaged tooth is usually cheaper to fix than one that has suffered severe trauma. When you bring your little one in for their appointment, we’ll quickly conduct an examination to determine the best way to resolve the issue. Then, we’ll talk you through each step of the process and explain every price detail; there won’t be any surprises when it’s time to pay your bill!

Does Dental Insurance Cover Pediatric Dental Emergencies?

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The good news is that the majority of dental insurance providers typically offer some level of coverage for pediatric dental emergencies. This generally includes all sorts of expenses, including full coverage for emergency exams and partial coverage for things like root canals, restorations like crowns and a wide range of other treatments depending on the specifics of your coverage. If you have any questions about your insurance plan and how it can be used to cover the cost of emergency pediatric care, our skilled team is happy to sit down with you to help; we want your little one’s smile to be taken care of, too!

Other Options for Making Pediatric Dental Emergencies Affordable

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You might be worried that if you lack dental insurance, you might be unable to get your child’s smile the help it needs without breaking the bank—but don’t worry, as there are other ways of making things more affordable! In addition to working with various insurance providers, we’re thrilled to offer third-party financing through LendingPoint that can assist you with managing your child’s urgent care costs. We’re also proud to be a provider for MassHealth, which serves over 1.8 million Commonwealth residents with affording quality dental care.

Taking Care of Your Child’s Smile Can Save You Money

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The bottom line is that the absolute best way to save money on your child’s smile is by simply taking care of it! A healthy smile is far less likely to experience dental emergencies—this is the case for adults and children alike. Do this by taking a proactive approach; ensure they’re brushing and flossing daily, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding bad dental habits in addition to protecting their teeth if they’re active. With excellent at-home care coupled with routine preventive care, your child can enjoy great dental health for several years to come; and you’ll spend less time worrying about emergency dental expenses! In any case, if some type of injury does occur, be sure that you’re seeking treatment for your child promptly to avoid costly future problems.


Keys to Preventing Pediatric Dental Emergencies

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As an adult, you know how stressful, painful, and potentially traumatic a sudden dental injury can be. So, it only makes sense that you want to help your child avoid one at all costs. Fortunately, there are several simple ways you can accomplish that goal!

Prioritize Their Biannual Checkups and Cleanings

Your child’s six-month checkups and cleanings cover a lot of ground. In addition to screening for common oral health problems, like tooth decay, these appointments include the use of special tools that can gently remove stubborn plaque and tartar. Remember: if there is a sign of a problem between visits, contact us right away. That way, we can treat almost any issue before it turns into an emergency!

Make Sure They Maintain Good Oral Hygiene At Home

Habits like brushing twice a day may seem small, but they play an instrumental role in preventing oral health problems. That’s why it’s so important that they follow a solid oral hygiene routine at home. That starts with brushing for a full two minutes each morning and evening and extends to flossing between every two teeth that touch daily.

Encourage Them to Stick to a Nutritious Diet

Juice and candy are just a few sweet treats that are often loaded with added sugar. Unfortunately, indulging in foods and drinks like this too often can result in significant tooth decay. That’s why parents are encouraged to load their children’s plates with vitamin-rich, nutrient-dense options, like yogurt, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, fresh fruit, and cooked vegetables.

Get Them a Custom Mouthguard

Does your child participate in sports? Whether it’s through school or they just enjoy playing with their friends outside, it’s important that they wear a mouthguard. That way, their teeth are protected from any accidents that may happen. A custom-made one from their dentist is ideal since it’s designed just for them, preventing it from becoming a choking hazard.

Don’t Let Them Use Their Teeth as Tools

Remember: teeth are not tools! Using their teeth to open chip bags, bottles, or anything else is asking for an emergency visit to our Worcester pediatric dental office. Do your best to start good habits young by encouraging them to ask for help if they need to open something. That way, you can use the scissors or bottle opener, protecting their smile in the process.

Pediatric Dental Emergency FAQs

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Dental emergencies can be alarming; not only do they have the knack for occurring when we least expect them to, but they also unfold when it’s undoubtedly very inconvenient! But when it’s your child’s smile at stake, the world can seemingly come to a screeching halt! That’s why our team here at Kids’ Smiles on Lincoln has taken the time to gather a few of the most frequently asked questions that we receive about pediatric dental emergencies, so that when your little one is in need, you have the knowledge to act accordingly! Of course, if you have any other questions about pediatric dental emergencies in Worcester, don’t hesitate to contact our team today for further information or assistance!  

Are Knocked-Out Baby Teeth Considered a Dental Emergency?

Although baby teeth are intended to come out on their own, life is unpredictable—and several instances can result in a knocked-out baby tooth. That said, if a baby tooth falls out too soon, it can lead to consequences for the emerging adult teeth. Though it might not seem like a dire situation, you should still bring your child in for a visit if they’ve had one or more of their baby teeth knocked out. You shouldn’t try to replace your child’s baby tooth back into the socket, and if your child’s mouth is bleeding excessively, you should take them to the emergency room.

My Child’s Chipped Tooth Doesn’t Hurt; Do They Still Need to Visit?

Tooth enamel is technically the hardest substance in the human body; however, it’s not invincible, and teeth can still suffer exterior damage and become chipped. If this happens to your child, they might not necessarily feel any pain. That said, you won’t know for sure if there’s interior damage to the tooth until you take your little one to their dentist—plus the damage could worsen without professional intervention!

Will My Child’s Toothache Go Away on Its Own?

Generally speaking, toothaches don’t go away on their own—the pain is a symptom of the problem, rather than the problem itself! For this reason, it’s always best to schedule an appointment for your child if their toothache isn’t easing up. That way, the problem can be caught and remedied before it worsens. In some cases, toothaches involving pain around the tooth (not inside) can go away on their own, such as gum irritation.

What Should I Keep in My Emergency Dental Kit?

No matter what type of dental emergency is affecting your child, having an emergency dental kit ready to go can prove incredibly valuable. If you haven’t already, you should consider putting together a kit with the following essentials:

  • A card with your pediatric dentist’s contact information
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers that are safe for children
  • Orthodontic wax
  • Topical anesthetic such as Orajel
  • Dental floss
  • Cotton balls, gauze pads, or a clean handkerchief
  • A small storage container for displaced teeth or restorations