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Dental Emergencies

Our pediatric and orthodontic doctors are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week for our current pediatric and orthodontic patients emergency needs.

Injuries to children’s teeth can be very distressing for children as well as their parents. Dental trauma may occur as a result of a sports mishap, an altercation, a fall inside of the home, or other causes. Prompt treatment is essential for the long-term health of an injured tooth. Obtaining dental care within 30 minutes can make the difference between saving or loosing a tooth.

Approximately 30% of children have experienced dental injuries. Injuries to the mouth include teeth that are: knocked out, fractured, forced out of position, pushed up, or loosened. Root fracture and dental bone fractures can also occur.

The peak period for trauma to the primary teeth is 18 to 40 months of age, because this is a time of increased mobility for the relatively uncoordinated toddler. Injuries to primary teeth usually result from falls and collisions as the child learns to walk and run.

With the permanent teeth: school-aged boys suffer trauma almost twice as frequently as girls. Sports accidents and fights are the most common cause of dental trauma in teenagers. The upper (maxillary) central incisors are the most commonly injured teeth. Maxillary teeth protruding more than 4 mm are two to three times as likely to suffer dental trauma than normally aligned teeth.

Emergency Info

Our pediatric and orthodontic doctors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If a dental emergency occurs during normal office hours please call the office as soon as possible. If your emergency occurs after normal office hours, call one of the phone numbers below and you will hear the emergency telephone number. We make sure our routine patients always have access to an emergency contact number after hours.

*In order to accommodate emergencies, our schedules may sometimes be delayed. If this happens during your child’s appointment, please accept our apologies ahead of time. We would do exactly the same if your child is in need of emergency care.

Huntsville Office: 256-539-7447

Madison Office: 256-772-7373

Decatur Office: 256-280-9755

Toll Free: 1-877-600-2732