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Dental Emergencies

Accidents happen, here are some tips on what to do for some common child dental emergencies

Toothache

If your child has tooth pain, it is important to cleanse the area by rinsing with warm water and floss thoroughly to dislodge trapped food. If the pain still exists, contact our office. If the face is swollen, apply cold compresses and contact our office immediately.

Knocked out (avulsed) Baby Tooth

Typically, there is no treatment indicated as these teeth are not re-implanted into the socket. Try to locate the tooth and call our office for follow-up.

Knocked out (avulsed) Permanent Tooth

If possible, locate the tooth. Handle it by the crown not the root. You may rinse the tooth with water but do not scrub or handle it unnecessarily. If it is sound, try to reinsert it in the socket. Have the patient hold the tooth in place by biting on a napkin or gauze. If not possible to reinsert the tooth, transport it in a cup of milk or water. Call our office immediately!! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.

Chipped or Fractured Baby Tooth

Contact our office.

Chipped or Fractured Permanent Tooth

This may or may not be a true dental emergency. Treatment may be required immediately based on the severity of the injury. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. If possible, locate and save any broken fragments and bring them to our office.