If you face a dental emergency, call us immediately. We have an emergency number specifically for these intendances. We are here to help you when you or your child’s dental health is at risk. Below are a few tips on what to do when dealing with a specific dental emergency.
Bitten Lip or Tongue
For a bitten lip or tongue that has drawn blood, you want to avoid swelling as much as possible. To do this, clean the bite gently with water and use a cold compress (a cold, wet towel or washcloth pressed firmly against the area). Please don’t hesitate to call us to help determine how serious the bite is.
Object Caught In Teeth
Use dental floss to remove any item caught between teeth. It is important not to use a metal, plastic, or anything sharp to remove a stuck object. If the item cannot be removed with dental floss, once again, please don’t hesitate to call us.
Broken, Chipped, or Fractured Tooth
For a chipped or broken a piece of tooth, rinse his/her mouth with warm water and then apply cold compress (mentioned above) to reduce the swelling. Remember to locate and save the tooth fragment that broke off when possible. Call us immediately.
For a tooth that has been knocked out of your child’s mouth, take the crown of the tooth (the part you can usually see) and rinse it with warm water without any soap. If possible, gently place the tooth back in its socket and hold it in place with a clean towel or cloth. Place the tooth is milk if you cannot place the tooth back in the socket. You should call your dentist or go to the hospital in any occurrence. If you act quickly, usually within 30 minutes, permanent teeth can be saved. If a primary tooth is knocked out, schedule a visit to your dentist as soon as possible to ensure the entire tooth was knocked out, but in general, primary teeth will not be re-implanted.
To avoid being swallowed or inhaled, you should remove a tooth that is very loose for your child.
First inspect your child’s teeth to ensure that there is no object stuck in his/her teeth and wash the mouth out with warm water. If pain insists, use a cold compress (mentioned above) to help the child deal with the pain. Applying heat or a topical pain reliever may cause damage to the gums (gingiva), so please don’t apply directly to the heated area. Call your dentist to schedule an appointment.
Call our emergency number and go to the hospital immediately. In most cases a blow to the head accompanies a broken jaw and head-related trauma can be extremely dangerous and even life threatening.
Do all you can to childproof your house to avoid dental emergencies and emergencies in general. Use appropriate car seats and seatbelts when driving. Use mouthguards when you or your children play sports. We provide custom fitted mouthguards for children and adults. Finally, always remember to brush and floss regularly to avoid tooth and gum decay, and visit our office regularly!