In Moments of Stress & Discomfort, You Can Count on Us

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Accidents happen, especially with curious and adventurous children! If your kiddo chips a tooth on the playground or is complaining of a persistent toothache that won’t seem to go away, you can count on our Trinity Pediatric Dentistry team to provide them with timely and effective pediatric emergency dental care. Dr. Thorburn is also happy to offer safe children’s sedation dentistry, root canal treatment and pulp therapy, and in-house tooth extractions, so we can take care of everything from the examination and diagnosis to their treatment. Call us today to schedule a same-day or after-hours appointment if your child is in pain or experiencing a dental emergency.

Why Choose Trinity Pediatric Dentistry for Children’s Emergency Dentistry?

  • Same-Day & After-Hours Emergency Dentistry
  • Pediatric Dentist with 10+ Years of Experience & Training
  • Safe Children’s Dental Sedation Available

How We Treat Dental Emergencies

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  1. Call Us. During a children’s dental emergency in Fort Worth, the first step you should take is to call our office. Our team will provide you with first-aid guidance over the phone to help ease your little one’s discomfort and prevent any further oral damage. We’ll then schedule a same-day appointment for them.
  2. Come In. As soon as you arrive at our practice, Dr. Thorburn and our phenomenal team will help your child get comfortable before capturing diagnostic images and conducting a thorough examination of their mouth. Once Dr. Thorburn can identify what’s causing their discomfort or the extent of the physical trauma, she’ll create a treatment plan and walk you through it. We want to answer any questions you may have, whether that’s associated with cost, what the procedure will entail, or the recovery process.
  3. Get Treatment. Once we answer all of your questions and you have consented to moving forward with treatment, our team will jump into action healing your kiddo’s smile!

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

We see a wide variety of dental emergencies, from tooth sensitivity to knocked-out teeth and toothaches, but we recommend calling our office if your child is experiencing any out-of-the-ordinary dental symptoms. Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common situations we see, but we recommend that you give us a call if you’re ever unsure of whether your child requires emergency assistance.

Pediatric Dental Emergency FAQs

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With good habits in place – like wearing a mouthguard when playing sports and implementing a solid oral hygiene regimen – your child may never experience a dental emergency. However, it’s always a good idea to be prepared just in case one does arise. That’s why we’ve dedicated this next section to answering FAQs about pediatric dental emergencies!

Will my child’s toothache go away on its own?

From eating something really cold to injuring their tooth on the playground, toothaches can arise for all sorts of reasons. If your child’s discomfort persists, we strongly recommend making them an appointment. That way, our Fort Worth pediatric dentist can take a look at their teeth and gums, determining if any restorative care is needed in the process.

Do chipped teeth heal?

No, chipped teeth cannot heal on their own. So, whether the damage seems relatively minor or is severe enough to cause your child pain, you should contact us ASAP. From there, we can determine if same-day treatment is necessary. If it isn’t, then we will provide you with a few helpful tips on how to care for their smile in the meantime and schedule an appointment within the next couple of days.

Are knocked-out baby teeth a dental emergency?

Although a knocked-out baby tooth does warrant a visit to our office, same-day treatment isn’t always necessary. For example, if the tooth was knocked out around the time it would’ve naturally fallen out anyway, bringing your child in for an exam before the end of the week should suffice. However, if they are in pain or the tooth came out much too soon, then we’ll likely recommend bringing them to our office right away.

What should I keep in my emergency dentistry kit?

Having an emergency dental kit on hand is always a good idea, but it’s especially helpful if you have children. If you don’t currently have one, you have a few options. First, you can order one online. Second, you can make your own with the following items:

  • A small storage container for teeth
  • Sterile gloves (ideally nitrile)
  • Gauze pads and dressings
  • Cotton balls
  • Dental cement (or another temporary filling material)
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • A topical anesthetic
  • Floss
  • Ice pack
  • Our phone number and address



How should I help my child sleep with tooth pain?

If your child is struggling with a painful toothache, there’s good news: there are a few simple steps that will help alleviate their discomfort. First, make them a dinner that doesn’t contain any crunchy, acidic, spicy, or sugary foods since this will only exacerbate the soreness they are feeling. Second, give them a cold compress to place against the outside of their cheek for about 10 minutes at a time. Third, prop them up on a few pillows so their head stays elevated as they sleep.