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What To Do In An Emergency

Take a deep breath. Emergencies happen given that children are always running around. Do not panic! Call our office 24/7. There is always a pediatric dentist on call at 267-392-5878. If your child loses or is about to lose consciousness take them to the nearest emergency room immediately.






Common Childhood Dental Emergencies


Toothache

Tell your child to rinse their mouth with warm salt water. This may help provide relief. In addition, apply a cold compress or ice wrapped in a cloth on your child’s face if it is swollen.   DO NOT put heat or aspirin on the sore area, but you may give the child Tylenol for pain. Contact our office to schedule an appointment

My Child Knocked Out Their Permanent Tooth

Find the tooth and make sure that you only handle it from the crown, or the part that is usually visible from the mouth. DO NOT wipe or handle the tooth. Place the tooth in a cold glass of milk and call the office IMMEDIATELY. If milk is not available, place it in a cup of the child’s saliva. The most critical factor is time when it comes to saving a tooth that is out of the mouth. If you are not close to the office, visit the nearest emergency room.

Trauma to Baby Teeth

Its common for children to fall frequently especially at a young age. If there is severe bleeding, try to control it and assess the damage. For minor cuts or slight loosening of baby teeth, call our office and we can discuss the appropriate treatment options.   If the baby tooth has fallen out, DO NOT try to re-implant it. Call the office immediately.

Cold/Canker Sores

It is common for children to occasionally suffer from “cold” and “canker” sores. Most times a bland diet and avoiding spicy and hot foods helps. Typically they last 7-10 days. If sores persist, call our office.

Abscess

An abscess may look like a bubble on the gums by the tooth. This could result from a large dental cavity or trauma. It is important to call the office immediately so we can assess the situation. Most times we will place the child on an antibiotic to help alleviate the swelling and discuss treatment options with you.

Bitten or Chewed Lip After Dental Treatment

Most children do not like the feeling of being numb and are constantly “playing” with their lip/cheek. Since they cannot feel their lip/cheek, they do not know they are mutilating it. It is extremely important after treatment that they continue to bite on the “tooth-pillow” that we place in their mouth. This will prevent lip and cheek biting from occurring. If it is too late and they have already bit their lip, it will take 10-14 days for everything to heal.