Emergencies

Toothache:

Clean the area of the affected tooth. Rinse the mouth thoroughly with warm water or use dental floss to dislodge any food that may be impacted. Take pain relief and contact your child's dentist. Do not place aspirin/alcohol 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 to injured areas to help control swelling. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a gauze or cloth. If bleeding cannot be controlled by simple pressure, call a doctor or visit the hospital emergency room.


Knocked Out Permanent Tooth:

If possible, find the tooth. Handle it by the crown, not by the root. You may rinse the tooth with water only. DO NOT clean with soap, scrub or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Inspect the tooth for fractures. If it is sound, try to reinsert it in the socket. Have the patient hold the tooth in place by biting on a gauze. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing fresh milk. The patient must see a dentist IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.


Knocked Out Baby Tooth:

Contact your pediatric dentist during business hours. This is not usually an emergency as it will not be possible to replant this tooth.In most cases, no treatment will be necessary other than to take an Xray to confirm all fragments of the tooth are gone. However this is a very serious injury for the developing tooth and some damage is expected especially when such an injury takes place under 3 years of age.


Chipped or Fractured Permanent Tooth:

Contact your pediatric dentist immediately. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If possible, locate and save any broken tooth fragments and bring them with you to the dentist.


Chipped or Fractured Baby Tooth:

Contact your pediatric dentist.


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.

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