Nothing is more important to us than the health and well being of our patients. While patients are in our offices, we make sure that they are surrounded by a safe and professional environment. However, unexpected events on the playground or in the home can cause dental emergencies that require immediate action. Read below for information on what to do in the event of these dental problems or emergencies.
(Please note: UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you use aspirin for your child, for temporary pain relief, acetaminophen, also known as Tylenol, is recommended — please call our office with any questions)
Your child’s health and safety are our top priority. We strongly emphasize parent and child education, part of which is knowing what to do in the event of an emergency. If you have any questions regarding emergency care, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to assist you.
Begin by cleaning around the sore tooth meticulously. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between teeth. Under no circumstances should you use Aspirin on the aching tooth or on the gum. In the event of facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. For temporary pain relief, acetaminophen is recommended. Make sure to contact us to schedule a visit as soon as possible.
Cut or bitten tongue, lip or cheek
First, apply ice to any bruised areas. For bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues after 15 minutes, go to an emergency room.
Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments. Call our office immediately.
Loss of permanent tooth
Recover the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root end. Rinse, but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. Reinsert the tooth in the socket and hold it in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, carry it in a cup containing milk or water. Because time is essential, come to our office immediately.
Possible broken jaw
In the event that your child may have broken his or her jaw, tie the mouth closed with a towel, tie or handkerchief. Immediately take your child to an emergency room.
Bleeding after baby tooth loss
Fold a piece of gauze and place it tightly over the bleeding area. Bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes. If bleeding continues after 15 minutes, call our office.
Cold or canker sores
Over-the-counter medications will usually provide relief of cold sores or canker sores. If symptoms persist, please call our office to schedule a visit.