Dental Emergencies

 Dental emergencies can include:

  • Severe Blow to the Head: Take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room immediately.

  • Possible Broken or Fractured Jaw: Keep the jaw from moving and take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room.

  • Knocked Out Baby Tooth:  Please contact the office, but usually a “knocked out” baby tooth requires no treatment.    If the baby tooth is chipped or fractured, please contact the pediatric dental office.

  • Knocked Out/ Chipped or Fractured Permanent Tooth: If possible, find the tooth and handle the tooth by the crown, not the root! You may rinse the tooth but with nothing but water. Inspect the tooth for cracks or fractures and if it is solid and sound, try to reinsert it in the tooth socket. Have the person hold the tooth in place by biting on a piece of gauze. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, put the tooth in a cup containing the patient’s saliva or milk. If the patient is old enough, the injured tooth may also be kept in the patient’s mouth (beside the cheek). The patient must see a dentist ASAP!!!!  Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.

  • Toothache: Clean the area of the affected tooth and rinse the mouth with warm water. You can often use dental floss to dislodge any food that may be impacted or lodged in the tooth. Do not place aspirin or heat on the gum or on the aching tooth. If the face is swollen, apply cold compresses and contact your dentist immediately.

  • Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek: Apply ice and gentle gauze pressure to the injured areas to help control swelling and bleeding.   If bleeding cannot be controlled by simple pressure, then you should contact your dentist/doctor immediately.