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Palos Pediatric Dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Emergencies

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If you are looking for a new dental office for your child, you probably have a lot of questions about which office is right for your family. We understand! At Palos Pediatric Dentistry, we know that your little one is number one in your life, so Dr. Richard Facko has made a commitment that they are number one with us, as well.

Here is a list of some of the most commonly asked questions we hear in our pediatric dental office. We know this list does not include all of the questions you might have, so we encourage you to give us a call at our Palos Heights pediatric dental office to discuss your individual needs.


dental emergencies | palos heights il dentistWe know that when your child experiences a dental emergency, it can be scary and traumatic. We are here to help! Because children are active and playful, they are at a greater risk for dental emergencies on the playground, but dental emergencies are not limited to accidents.

Pain, decay, tooth loss, and gum disease can all affect your child. We can help and share a few things to remember when it comes to your little one and potential dental emergencies.

Suspicious symptoms? 

If you suspect a head injury, dizziness, or if your child experiences bleeding that will not stop, take them to the nearest emergency room for treatment. They may have other injuries that require immediate attention.

Don’t panic. We are here to help. If your child experiences dental pain, call us right away. We will advise you about the next best step. If an emergency exam is necessary, we will do our best to fit your child into our schedule quickly.

If your child loses a tooth in an accident, try placing it back in the socket and holding it there. We may be able to save the tooth. If you cannot place it back in the socket, keep it moist in a small container of milk and call us right away.

When in doubt, call us! 

We know that as a parent, you never want to have to take your child to the dentist for an emergency. We would like to help you avoid emergency dental visits as well! One of the best ways to keep your little one’s teeth healthy and comfortable is by bringing them in for their routine preventative appointments and professional dental cleanings. That way, we can stop most dental emergencies before they start!

Prevention, Prevention, Prevention!

When we see a condition that we’re concerned about, we will let you know right away. That way, we can address the issue before it causes your child pain or problems.

In order to keep your child free of dental emergencies while at play, we offer custom sports guards for them to wear during practice. Wearing a sports guard can protect your child’s smile when they miss the ball or get a little too rowdy on the field. 

We also know that some dental emergencies are unavoidable and we are committed to being your emergency dentist. We always have your child’s best interest in mind, so if you’re ever in doubt about your little one’s condition, call us and we can walk you through a series of questions to determine the next step to restore your child’s health.

kid playing football | palos heights ILI don’t know why I always struggle with this question.  The sports that carry the most risk – football, hockey, lacrosse – all require mouthguards.  It’s no coincidence that I don’t see many dental injuries from any of these sports.  The remaining sports are “less physical”, but although the likelihood of injury might be less, when injuries do happen they can be really ugly.  A baseball to the mouth, an elbow to the teeth while playing basketball, or a head-to-head collision playing soccer can all be severe injuries.  The challenge is that these sports don’t require mouthguards, so often if your child wears one he is the only one on the team doing so.

Prevention is key!

Breaking an arm might seem more severe, but breaking a tooth is far more likely to affect someone later in life.  A broken bone heals, and we’re left with just a story.  But a broken tooth requires repair, and that repair often requires maintenance and eventually replacement.  I recommend you use your own judgment.  We can’t possibly prevent every injury, but we can prevent injuries that we might be able to foresee.  If your son or daughter is playing competitive sports and you have any concerns about injuries, a custom-fit mouthguard will be less bulky compared to the store-bought version, and they’ll be able to talk and breathe more easily.  Call us today if you have any more questions.


children's toothache | dentist palos heights ilToothache in Kids

I find that Children’s Motrin or the generic version, ibuprofen, works best for tooth pain.  I do not prescribe narcotics for dental pain under any circumstance.  If ibuprofen is not effective at managing your child’s tooth pain, you can call my office to discuss alternatives for pain management. 

Children's Dental Emergencies

If your child is in a lot of pain, they knocked out a tooth, or their tooth pain presents as sensitivity to temperatures, then it may be a dental emergency. If that is the case, our office will be able to get your child in sooner to treat their dental pain fast.

Pediatric Emergency Dentistry in Palos Heights, IL

Parents sometimes don’t know when to call our office or what constitutes a dental emergency. Certainly, some situations are clear, but others may make you question whether it’s time to call on the weekends or after hours.

It is important to remember that if your child is bleeding severely, dizzy, or has a broken jaw or other serious condition, call 911 or take your child to the nearest emergency room immediately. We can address their dental issues once the more serious injuries have been treated.

Typically, anytime your child experiences dental pain, we encourage you to give us a call. Teething is naturally painful for toddlers, but beyond that, we should see your child to make sure everything is okay. 

A broken or lost tooth is another situation where we want to see your child as soon as possible. Sometimes, we can save the tooth if proper steps are followed.

If your child has swollen or bleeding gums, a pimple-like eruption on their gums, or something that is painful, sensitive, or out of the ordinary, we will want to perform an exam to make sure that they do not have something lodged in their gum tissue or an infection that needs treatment.

Other situations like dark teeth, broken orthodontic wires or brackets, lost fillings, and other conditions can be addressed on a case by case basis. We will always err on the side of caution with your child in order to keep his or her smile bright and healthy.

Contact Us

If you are concerned about your child's oral health, please do not hesitate to call our local Palos Heights office. An experienced member of our team can answer all your questions, help you determine if it is a dental emergency, and schedule you for an emergency appointment.

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