Emergency Dentistry Specialist

Leticia Gutierrez Jeffords, DDS, MS -  - Pediatric Dentist

Your Child's Dentist

Leticia Gutierrez Jeffords, DDS, MS

Pediatric Dentist located in San Antonio, TX

When your child has severe pain from an infected or broken tooth, you can receive comprehensive emergency dentistry services at Your Child's Dentist in San Antonio. Leticia Gutierrez Jeffords, DDS, MS, and her compassionate staff offer a variety of services for dental emergencies, including same-day appointments when available. Learn more about treating dental emergencies by calling the office or using the online booking feature.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What emergency dentistry services are available?

If your child suffers dental complications from an infected tooth or an injury, Dr. Gutierrez and her staff can treat or repair the damage during a same-day or next-day appointment. Signs your child needs immediate care include:

  • Fever
  • Severe pain
  • Facial swelling
  • Cracked or broken tooth

Call the office directly to discuss other symptoms your child may have after an injury or if you suspect an infection or abscess.

What is a tooth abscess?

An abscessed tooth is the result of a bacterial infection that causes a pocket of pus to form within the tooth. Abscesses can cause severe, throbbing pain in the affected tooth and surrounding gum tissue. Pain can also spread into the neck or ears. Untreated abscesses can become a life-threatening blood infection, known as sepsis.  

Dr. Gutierrez can drain the abscess and may need to perform a root canal to save the tooth. If the abscess is the result of severe tooth decay, she may determine extraction is the best option to protect your child’s overall health.

What should I do if my child breaks a tooth?

If your child breaks a baby or permanent tooth, you should stay calm and look for any bleeding. Help them rinse out their mouth with clean, cool water and use a clean piece of gauze or paper towel to control bleeding. Call Your Child's Dentist right away for an emergency appointment.

Save as much of the tooth as possible and bring it with you to the dental office. You can place a full tooth in a container of fresh milk or try to put it back into the socket in your child’s mouth.

In some cases, Dr. Gutierrez may suggest extracting a severely damaged tooth. In cases where the damage is less severe, she may be able to save the natural tooth. Dr. Gutierrez may also need to take dental X-rays of your child’s mouth to ensure that a traumatic injury hasn’t caused additional harm to other teeth or to the jaw bone.

Don’t delay treatment for a broken or abscessed tooth. Contact Your Child's Dentist by phone to schedule an emergency dental appointment or use the online booking feature.