If your child faces a dental emergency, give us a call immediately. If you need urgent treatment after hours, you can call our emergency number. We are always here to assist when your child's dental health is at risk. Below are tips on dealing with urgent dental situations. You may want to display this list on your refrigerator or store it near your emergency phone numbers for easy reference.
Bitten Lip or Tongue
If your child has a bitten lip or tongue severe enough to cause bleeding, clean the bite gently with water and use a cold compress (a cold, wet towel or washcloth pressed firmly against the area) to reduce or avoid swelling. Give us a call to help determine how serious the bite is.
Object Caught In Teeth
If your child has something caught between his or her teeth, use dental floss to gently remove it. Never use a metal, plastic, or sharp tool to remove a stuck object. If you are unable to remove the item with dental floss, give us a call.
Broken, Chipped, or Fractured Tooth
If your child has chipped or broken a piece off of a tooth try to locate and save any large tooth fragments that broke off. Call us immediately. If the fracture was due to a fall, we may recommend that your child be seen by their physician or urgent care to be screened for a jaw fracture.
Knocked-Out Permanent Tooth
If your child's tooth has been knocked out, find the tooth and rinse it with water (no soap), taking care to only touch the crown (top) of the tooth. Reinsert it back in the socket and hold it in place using a clean gauze or piece of cloth. If it cannot be reinserted, place the tooth in a clean container with milk (water if milk is not available). Call our office immediately. If you act quickly it's possible to save the tooth.
If your child has a very loose tooth, encourage them to wiggle it so it is removed to avoid being swallowed or inhaled.
If your child complains of a toothache schedule an appointment immediately. If your child has a fever, swelling or is feeling ill and cannot be seen immediately, take your child to urgent care as they may have an infection.
If you know or suspect your child has sustained a broken jaw, use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Head to the hospital immediately. In many cases a broken jaw is the result of a blow to the head. Severe blows to the head can be dangerous and even life-threatening.
You can help your child avoid dental emergencies. Child-proof your house to avoid falls. Don't let your child chew on ice, popcorn kernels, or other hard foods. Always use car seats for young children and require seatbelts for older children. And if your child plays contact sports, have him or her wear a mouthguard. Ask us about creating a custom-fitted mouthguard for your child. Finally, prevent toothaches with regular brushing, flossing, and visits to our office.