A sealant is a material placed on the surfaces of permanent teeth to fill in the deep pits and fissures on these teeth to prevent food and liquid exposure and create a smooth surface that is easier to clean. These can significantly reduce the chance of tooth decay.
Generally speaking, all baby teeth need to be restored if cavities are present. Unless, the tooth is going to fall out within 6 to 9 months. However, this needs to be verified by your dentist using dental x-rays since there’s a wide variation when kids lose their teeth.
So thankful for the staff at Dr. Kemper’s office. My daughter broke a tooth and was so scared and they were so good to her.
- Erin Stewart, Louisville, KY
We understand that accidents don’t always happen during business hours, which is why we provide 24 hour emergency dental care for all of our patients. Dr. Kemper in Louisville, KY takes dental emergencies very seriously. If your child experiences dental trauma, please don’t hesitate to call us Dr. Kemper personally screens each emergency to determine the severity and best course of action. He even has you covered if he is out of town. When Dr. Kemper is away, he has another pediatric emergency dentist on call.
Why Emergency Dentistry Is So Important
If your child injures their teeth while riding a bike, playing sports, or any other activity, the results can be more than just a toothache. Some mouth injuries might actually impact your oral health permanently. Failure to meet with an emergency dentist immediately after an accident means the risk of permanent tooth loss or extensive dental work down the road. Instead, we provide a way for our parents to reach out to us right away and get immediate treatment.
Types of Dental Emergencies
Any kind of trauma to your child’s mouth can be a scary and emotional experience for both child and parent. Here is a list of common dental emergencies:
Broken Natural Tooth or Restoration
Chipped or Cracked Tooth
Inflamed or Infected Bump on Gums
Lost Dental Filling
Mild to Severe Toothache
If your child is experiencing any of these dental emergencies, the most important thing to remember is to stay calm. If you are calm then your child is more likely to also stay calm. If your child chips, breaks, or loses a tooth, be careful not to touch the root of the tooth and place it in a cup of milk. Then call our emergency dentist immediately.
FAQs About Dental Emergencies
Should I take my child to the ER for dental trauma?
This is a common question. Most parents head to the local ER for extreme tooth or gum pain, or a mouth injury. However, emergency room personnel do not have the skills, experience or specialized tools necessary to provide emergency dental care like a dentist does. Likely, you will waste your time there and they will refer you to a dentist. Alternatively, Dr. Kemper is an emergency dentist who is always prepared for dental emergencies of all types.
What to do when a tooth gets knocked out?
First, immediately call Dr. Kemper for an emergency appointment. It is important to act quickly. To have a chance of saving an adult tooth, we need to see you within an hour of when the tooth was knocked out for the best chance of saving the tooth. Always handle the tooth by the crown (the top). Gently rinse the tooth in water to remove dirt, do not scrub it and do not touch the root. Place the clean tooth in your mouth between the cheek and gum to keep it moist if possible, otherwise wrap the tooth in a clean cloth or gauze and immerse it in milk or contact lens solution.
If it was a baby tooth that gets knocked out, it’s still important to be seen as soon as possible to assess the damage, but is not always an urgent or emergency situation.
How do I prepare for a dental emergency?
You never know when or where a dental emergency might take place. But if your child is involved in sports or is doing similar activities, it will help if you have the necessary equipment. A small emergency dentist first aid kit should include the following items:
Small container with a lid
Name and phone number of your emergency dentist
Acetaminophen (not aspirin or ibuprofen because they can act as a blood thinner and cause excessive bleeding during a dental emergency).
Why Choose William Kemper As Your Child’s Emergency Dentist
Unmatched Service: A dental emergency can be a very traumatic experience for any family. We are here for you to give you the attention you need day or night. After being in the industry over 36 years, Dr. Kemper knows a thing or two about dental emergencies. Accidents happen and he handles each one with his friendly approach and calming demeanor to give you the help and reassurance you need during stressful times.
In-Office Sedation: Time is of the essence when it comes to emergency dental care. Dr. Kemper is one of the only pediatric emergency dentists in Louisville, KY that offers in-office sedation as a treatment option any time of day or night. This allows us to quickly administer the dental care you need without the cost and trauma of a hospital stay.
All-in-One Emergency dentist: Sometimes a dental emergency will result in the need for oral surgery, restorative treatments or orthodontics. Dr. Kemper handles all of these areas in his dentist office, so we can give you the treatment you need without referring you to another dentist or a different office.
Come In, We’re Open
Whether it’s 3pm or 3am, Dr. Kemper in Louisville, KY is ready to be your on-call emergency dentist. He is always available to help you and your child through any dental trauma. He personally screens each call and determines the severity and best course of action. Give us a call day or night, we are always open and here for you.
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Let your child & their smile grow up with Dr. Kemper.