Emergency dental services
We are here to assist – at all hours – when your child's dental health is at risk. Here are some tips on dealing with urgent dental situations.
If you face a dental emergency, give us a call immediately. If you need immediate attention after hours, call our emergency number, and our on-call doctor will help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Below are tips on dealing with urgent dental situations.
Bitten lip or tongue
If your child has bitten his lip or tongue severely 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 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 his/her tooth, have him/her rinse their mouth with warm water, then use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Try to locate and save the tooth fragment that broke off. Call us immediately.
Knocked out tooth
If your child’s tooth has been knocked out of his/her mouth, find the tooth and rinse it with water (no soap), taking care to only touch the crown of the tooth (the part you can see when it’s in place). If you can, place the tooth back in its socket and hold it in place with a clean towel or cloth. If you can’t return the tooth to its socket, place it in a clean container with milk. In either case, call us immediately and/or go to the hospital. If you act quickly, it’s possible to save a permanent, or adult, tooth. Unfortunately, primary (baby) teeth are generally not re-implanted. If one of your child’s primary teeth has been knocked out, you will want to schedule a visit to our practice as soon as possible so that your dentist can ensure that there are no fragments of tooth remaining.
If your child complains of a toothache, rinse his/her mouth with warm water and inspect his/her teeth to be sure there is nothing caught between them. If pain continues, use a cold compress to ease the pain. Do not apply heat or any kind of aspirin or topical pain reliever directly to the affected area, as this can cause damage to the gums. Children’s pain relievers may be taken orally. Schedule an appointment immediately.
If you suspect your child has sustained a broken jaw, use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Call our emergency number and/or go 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. It is important that your child is seen by a neurologist for head fracture before the broken jaw is addressed.
You can help your child avoid dental emergencies. Child-proof your house to avoid falls. Always use car seats for young children, and require seatbelts for older children. And if your child plays contact sports, have him/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.