What is a dental emergency?
A dental emergency is one which may be causing considerable pain, swelling or bleeding. It may be from a laceration or trauma to the facial area. There may be teeth or other oral structures damaged. In all cases, early intervention is critical. A phone call to our office to describe the emergency is the first action to be taken in most cases. Some emergencies may be handled over the telephone and some require office interventions. If your child does require office intervention there will be applicable after hours fees.
First, clean the mouth in the area of the broken tooth and control any hemorrhage. Identify the extent of the problem and then call our office for instructions. Be prepared to bring your child immediately to our office if requested to do so. Bring any broken teeth fragments with you.
Knocked out tooth
A baby tooth that has been knocked out has little chance to survive if re-implanted. It is still important to call our office for advice and recommendations.
A knocked out or damaged permanent tooth does need immediate attention. If possible, recover the tooth and clean gently with tap water. Reinsert the tooth into the socket if possible. Call our office to inform us of the accident and we will make provisions to see you immediately.
If the tooth cannot be reinserted, place it in a small cup of milk for transportation to our office. Time is critical to the health of an avulsed tooth. Get help as soon as possible.
Broken Braces or Wires
Remove a broken appliance only if it comes out easily. If it is lodged or painful to remove, cover any protruding edges with wax, cotton balls, gauze or chewing gum. DO NOT REMOVE any wire caught in the gums, check or tongue; see a dentist immediately. Emergency attention is usually not required for loose or broken appliances that cause no discomfort.
Toothache in children is rare unless the child has untreated cavities. If your child has no apparent reason for a toothache and is seeing the dentist regularly, use warm water rinses and pain medication to comfort the child. The pain should subside in an hour or so.
If your child has an obvious cavity in the area of pain, bring the child as soon as possible to our office for evaluation. A toothache from a decayed tooth is a serious problem and needs prompt attention.
Any dental pain that persists more than two hours needs evaluation. Our office is available to help you at any time.