Clean the areas around the sore tooth thoroughly. Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm salt water or use dental floss to dislodge trapped food. Check for any swelling or pimple on the gums. A swollen face from a dental infection requires immediate attention from ER or Pediatrician.
Broken Appliance and wires
If a broken appliance can be removed easily take it out and save it to bring into the office. If it cannot cover the sharp or protruding portion with dental wax. If a wire is stuck in the gums, cheek or tongue do not remove it, call our office immediately. Loose or broken brackets which do not bother the child don’t usually require emergency attention.
Depending on how much of the tooth is broken will indicate the urgency of care. A broken tooth without bleeding or sensitivity may not require immediate attention. A broken tooth that has an exposed nerve will need immediate attention.
Cut or bitten tongue, lip or cheek
Apply ice to bruised areas. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a clean gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or cannot be controlled by simple pressure, take the child to a hospital emergency room.
Knocked out permanent tooth
Contact our office immediately, find the tooth; handle the tooth by the top (crown), not the root portion Transport the tooth in a cup of milk. Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.
Knocked out Baby tooth
The primary concern when a baby tooth is knocked out is to stop the bleeding and check for other injuries. Baby teeth are not put back in place. Call our office if you have any question or concerns.
*Pain takes precedence in our office
If your child is experiencing a true dental emergency please do not hesitate to call our office.