It can be hard to know what a “dental emergency” really is. Sports impact with no mouthguard, infections, biting down on things harder than teeth (popcorn kernels, hard candy), chewing ice, and using teeth as tools are some common causes of unexpected dental problems. Like any medical emergency, swift professional care is required. For emergencies during regular office hours, please call us—we’re here to help! Dr. Dawoud also has after-hours on-call availability for emergencies.Schedule Online
There are several signs to watch for if your child has suffered jaw or mouth trauma impacting the teeth or gums. If your child is in obvious pain and exhibits one or more of these symptoms, seek emergency dental treatment as soon as possible.
The most important thing is also the hardest: try to remain calm. Emergencies happen to every child at some point while growing up, and no parent can be everywhere at all times. We know keeping your child calm can be even more challenging than staying calm yourself—but reassure your child that Dr. Mark will help them feel better as soon as he can.
Use your best judgment to decide whether to go to the emergency room before calling Dr. Dawoud. You can always call our office from the hospital, but please call as soon as you can to keep us in the loop. Again, try your best to remain calm. Take an extra deep breath or two!