MICHELLE H. EDWARDS, DDS, MSD
9885 E. 116th Street, Suite 100
Fishers, IN 46037

MICHELLE H. EDWARDS, DDS, MSD
9885 E. 116th Street, Suite 100
Fishers, IN 46037

Dental Emergencies

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Emergency Dentistry for Children in Indianapolis and Fishers, IN

Few things are as terrifying as realizing that your son or daughter has suffered an injury. Especially when it involves their face or their sweet smile. Although dental emergencies might be new to you, these kinds of injuries are common. As many as one third of the children in the United States will have dental trauma during their childhood.

Children’s Dental Center helps families set the stage for a life-long commitment to oral health in a friendly and approachable manner. Our team provides a pleasant visit to the dental office, promoting trust and confidence in young patients that lasts a lifetime. Call 317-932-7134 today to make an appointment with Children’s Dental Center. Our office is located at 9885 E. 116th Street, Suite 100, Fishers, IN 46037.

The Children’s Dental Center team understands how challenging these situations can be. Which is why we will do everything in our power to resolve the injury as soon as possible.

What is Considered a Dental Emergency?

Dental emergencies vary in their severity. They can range from simple cuts and scrapes to full-scale jaw fractures. We want you to know that if dental emergencies in Fishers and Indianapolis are important to you, they are important to us. We will do everything we can to make you and your child more comfortable. Depending on the nature of your child’s injury, you may need to do different things. You can either contact our office for an emergency appointment, care for the injury at home, or take your child to the hospital for emergency evaluation and care.

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Children’s Dental Center is proud to offer emergency pediatric dental care to the Indianapolis area in Fishers, Indiana. The next time your child suffers a dental emergency, do not hesitate to contact our office right away.

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The mission at Children's Dental Center is to build a dental home valuing prevention, early detection, and treatment of dental disease in children.

Hospital Care via the Emergency Room

Because dental emergencies often involve a blow to the head or face, you should take your child into the nearest emergency room or call 911 anytime they lose consciousness or if they have trouble breathing. You should also visit the emergency room if your child has either of these symptoms:

  • Possible Broken Jaw- A broken jaw can affect the way your child’s teeth and jaw grow, which is why you should seek emergency care. If your little one has swelling, pain, or numbness in their jaw area after a blow to the head. Broken jaws can also cause teeth displacement, bruising, or teeth that feel loose.
  • Severe Bleeding- If your child is bleeding quite a bit, do not wait to schedule a dental appointment, contact emergency responders immediately. While you wait for emergency services, apply pressure to the area with clean gauze. Instead of removing the gauze and replacing it with a clean variety, add more gauze. Switching gauze instead of adding more can pull out the clot, which will cause more blood loss.

Emergency Dental Care Versus Our Office Care

Fortunately, not all dental emergencies need a trip to the emergency room. If your child has a dental injury but is otherwise fine, you can contact Children’s Dental Center to meet with an emergency pediatric dentist. We will focus on evaluating your child as soon as possible. Here are a few reasons to seek emergency dental care with us.

  • Knocked Out Tooth- Knocked out tooth, also called dental avulsions, can seem frightening. But Children’s Dental Center might be able to reattach it if you are careful. If it’s a baby tooth, do not try to reimplant tooth and have area checked by one of our doctors to ensure there is no damage to adult tooth bud. If it’s an adult tooth and after you find it, pick it up by the crown, not the roots, and rinse it off with clean water to remove any grime. Keep the tooth moist by holding it in milk or water. Child will need to be seen within 20-30 minutes of trauma to tooth.
  • Tooth Displacement- If your child has an accident that causes tooth displacement, try to avoid moving the teeth back into their original position. Instead, offer your child a pain reliever. Then, apply a cold compress to relieve any swelling. After evaluating the injury, our dental team can move the teeth back into place and splint the area if necessary.
  • Tooth Chip or Fracture- If your child suffers a tooth chip or a crown fracture, cleanse the area with warm water. Like with tooth displacement, apply a cold compress. Again, offering a strong pain reliever could help your child to remain calm until their appointment.

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Tips for Calming Your Child Before Their Appointment

During dental emergencies, it can be helpful to know how to keep your child calm and comfortable. Here are a few tips for improving their experience during a dental emergency.

  • Familiarize Your Child With our Office- Make sure your child is familiar with Children’s Dental Center. If they know our doctors and staff and feel comfortable around us, they will be more willing to visit us in case of an emergency.
  • Use Reassuring Language and Actions- During an emergency, only use reassuring language and actions. Talk with your child in a soothing voice and explain that everything will be okay. Because emergencies can be frightening for your child, they may need extra hugs or cuddles.
  • Bring a Comfort Toy or Blanket- If you need to visit the emergency room or come in for an emergency visit to Children’s Dental Center, feel free to let your child bring along a comfort toy or blanket. Having something from home can make them feel like everything is going to be okay.

Make an Appointment for Your Child Today!

The mission at Children's Dental Center is to build a dental home valuing prevention, early detection, and treatment of dental disease in children. Our goal is to provide a pleasant visit to the dental office promoting the establishment of trust and confidence in children that lasts a lifetime. Our vision is to serve as the premier provider of patient focused dental care for infants, children and teens through compassion, skill, and teamwork.  Call 317-932-7134 today to make an appointment with Children’s Dental Center. Our office is located at 9885 E. 116th Street, Suite 100, Fishers, IN 46037. Let us keep your child healthy together.

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Meet Dr. Edwards

MICHELLE H. EDWARDS, DDS, MSD

Indianapolis Pediatric Dentist Dr. Edwards helps families set the stage for a life-long commitment to oral health in a friendly and approachable manner. She provides a pleasant visit to the dental office, promoting trust and confidence in young patients that lasts a lifetime.