EMERGENCY dental CARE for kids

When Urgent Dental Care is Required

If your child has a dental emergency, call us immediately. If urgent treatment is needed after hours, call our emergency phone number at 604 731 4608 (Vancouver) or 778 291 2222 (South Surrey). Depending on your child’s situation, we will either ask you to bring your child to our office or to BC Children’s Hospital.

  • How do I know if my child has a dental emergency?

    If your child is experiencing pain, swelling or bleeding, they are most likely experiencing a dental emergency and you should contact us right away. If their tooth is badly chipped or knocked out it is critical you call us immediately. Remember to stay calm when dealing with an urgent dental situation.

  • How do I relieve my child’s toothache and mild swelling?

    Start with having your child rinse with warm salt water. Give them Advil or Tylenol for pain. Do not give your child Aspirin or Orajel. Apply a cold compress 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off for mild swelling.

  • What should I do if my child has broken a tooth?

    Collect as many pieces of the tooth as possible and wrap them in a clean, moist cloth. Call us right away. We will determine if it’s an emergency and if you need to bring in your child immediately or make an appointment.

  • What are the most common causes of dental emergencies in children?

    With kids being so active, many dental emergencies are the result of a sports injury or rough housing. Emergencies can also result from children using their teeth as tools to open things or from chewing on pens and other hard objects. Children can chip a tooth if they chew on ice, popcorn kernels or other hard foods. Sometimes, if a child does not brush and floss regularly, severe and painful tooth decay can result or a dental infection.

  • How can I help my child avoid common dental emergencies?

    Prevention is key to avoiding dental emergencies. If you have a child that plays contact sports, equip them with custom-fitted mouthguards, helmets and safety gear before playing. Discourage your kids from using teeth as tools and from playing roughly. If your child complains of dental pain, bring them in to see us as soon as possible. Finally, prevent toothaches with regular brushing, flossing and visits to our office. Pediatric dentistry is an important part of prevention and education.

Booked a checkup after my 3-year-old son fell and cut his gum. He really doesn’t like medical appointments, so I was concerned going in. The staff at Playtime Pediatric Dentistry were amazing every step of the way, and worked ever-so-patiently with him to make it a good experience. Check-up done, teeth in a good state! When asked about the trip to the dentist afterward, he has nothing but good things to say despite his fear at the time. We will definitely be coming back for further appointments. Thanks so much, Playtime Pediatric Dentistry!