Little Penguin Pediatric Dentistry

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PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY DENTIST – PROSPER, TX

You Can Trust Us in Your Moment of Need

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Some species of penguins march over 60 miles across rough terrains like the sea and ice to reach their colonies each year, and we’re not much different! If your child experiences a dental emergency that leaves them in distress, you can count on Dr. Peng and our team to be there to help, rain or shine. We offer same-day pediatric emergency dentistry appointments in Prosper, as well as fast and effective treatment if your child is experiencing oral discomfort. Simply call our office so we can schedule you a time to come in as soon as possible!

Why Choose Little Penguin Pediatric Dentistry for Children’s Emergency Dentistry?

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Same-Day Emergency Dental
Appointments

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We See Children of All Ages

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Several Sedation Methods
Available

How We Treat Dental Emergencies

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  1. Give Us a Call: The first step you should always take if your child is complaining of a toothache, unexpectedly knocks out a tooth, or is experiencing any other type of oral discomfort is to call us. We’ll schedule an appointment time for them as soon as possible and provide you with over-the-phone first aid guidance.
  2. Bring Your Child In: As soon as you arrive with your child, we’ll capture any diagnostic images we may need and Dr. Peng, your pediatric emergency dentist in Prosper, will conduct a thorough examination of their mouth.
  3. Treatment Plan: Based on Dr. Peng’s findings, she’ll diagnose the problem at-hand and create a treatment plan. Our team is happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have before you consent to moving forward with our recommendations.
  4. Treatment Begins: As soon as you give us the word, our team will jump into action healing your little one’s smile.
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The Most Common Dental Emergencies

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Below, we’ve outlined some of the most common types of dental emergencies we see. However, we recommend calling our office if your child is experiencing any out-of-the-ordinary dental symptoms, like severe sensitivity, pain while biting down, or toothaches.

Keys to Preventing Pediatric Dental Emergencies

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If your child knocks out a tooth, sustains a soft tissue injury, or is struggling with any other dental injuries, you can have peace of mind knowing that you can turn to our exceptional emergency dentists in Prosper, Dr. Peng and Dr. Louie. With that said, our goal is to help maintain your child’s healthy smile so they hopefully never have to come in because of a painful dental emergency. That’s why we’ve dedicated this next section to covering how to prevent pediatric dental emergencies!

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

Typically, dental problems don’t resolve themselves and only get worse over time. If your child is complaining or showing signs of a toothache, contact us right away so we can schedule an appointment with one of our emergency dentists. There are many potential causes, and we want to be able to identify the problem to provide appropriate solutions as soon as possible. If you wait, the issue could worsen which often results in more complicated (and costly) treatments later.

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Should I Take My Child to the ER First for Dental Emergencies?

In most cases, emergency rooms aren’t equipped with the right training and instruments necessary to accurately identify and resolve dental issues. If your kid is having a problem, it’s best to contact us first. However, if they have sustained physical trauma that has fractured or dislocated their jaw, sustained serious lacerations to their face or mouth, or have an abscess or infection that has impaired their breathing, please take them to urgent care immediately.

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Are Knocked-Out Baby Teeth a Dental Emergency?

Many parents wonder whether they need to take their kid to an emergency dentist if a baby tooth is knocked out because they eventually fall out anyway. While you don’t need to be as concerned about immediately replacing their tooth, they should be examined to ensure that there’s been no additional damage. Our team will monitor your child’s situation so that everything continues to develop properly.

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What Should Be in My Family’s Emergency Dentistry Kit?

While you can’t fully anticipate exactly when a dental emergency will occur, you and your family can avoid potential pitfalls by being prepared. Our team recommends keeping a dental emergency kit at home that includes:

  • A small storage container to hold teeth that are knocked out. Whether your child lost a baby tooth or a permanent one, it can help us to have it available when we’re working on a solution.
  • Sterile gloves. These prevent potential infection by keeping unwanted germs at bay when you’re treating oral issues.
  • Gauze pads. Biting down on these firmly can slow any bleeding.
  • Cotton balls. These can be used to slow bleeding or apply an anesthetic.
  • Dental cement or other temporary filling material. If a tooth is broken or lost, this can fill the space and protect your child’s mouth from jagged edges.
  • Pain medications like Tylenol and ibuprofen. (We do not recommend aspirin because it can increase bleeding).
  • Topical anesthetic like Orajel. Applying this to your child’s teeth and gums can provide temporary relief from aches and pains.
  • Floss. Sometimes food gets stuck between your little one’s teeth and needs extra help being removed.
  • Ice pack. If your child sustained an injury, this can numb the area and reduce swelling.
  • Our contact information. Having our details readily available ensures that you can reach us quickly if something happens.
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