Emergencies are just no fun – especially when they happen to your family. We never want your child to suffer, so we are available either by phone or in the office 24 hours a day. If you call during office hours and we asses that you are experiencing a true emergency, we will either see you in our office or send you to the emergency room. After hours, feel free to call the office where you will be directed to our cell phone number and we will assist you from there.
Here are some tips on how to handle a pediatric dental emergency while you wait for our direction:
- Toothache: Call us right away. Clean the tooth well, rinse with saltwater, apply a cold compress, and administer acetaminophen if necessary. Never, ever apply aspirin to the sore tooth or gum.
- Cut/Bitten Lip, Tongue, or Cheek: Using a clean cloth or sterile gauze to apply pressure to stop the bleeding. If the bleeding doesn’t stop in 15 minutes, go to the emergency room.
- Knocked Out Tooth: Find that tooth if you can, then handle it with care. Do not touch the roots and rinse it gently. Do not handle it any more than necessary. Try to reinsert it in the socket, if possible, or have your child hold it under her tongue if you can be sure she won’t swallow it. If neither of those are options, carry it in a cup of milk. See us immediately – time is of the essence.
- Suspected Broken Jaw: Go immediately to the emergency room when a jaw injury is suspected. On the way, tie the mouth closed with a soft cloth such as a towel or handkerchief.