WHAT TO DO IN AN EMERGENCY
Here are some helpful guides to oral issues your child may experience and suggestions on steps to take
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
KNOCKED OUT BABY TOOTH
CHIPPED/FRACTURED PERMANENT TOOTH
Time is a critical factor, contact your pediatric dentist immediately so as to reduce the chance for infection or the need for extensive dental treatment in the future. Rinse the mouth with water and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. If you can find the broken tooth piece, bring it with you to the dentist.
CHIPPED/FRACTURED BABY TOOTH
Chips in baby teeth are common as our active little ones explore. Unless your child’s nerve is exposed, emergency treatment is rarely necessary. If aesthetics are a concern, you can make an appointment by contacting us during normal business hours.
Injuries or damage to the gums, tongue, and inside of the mouth can occur as well. If your child injures or damages soft-tissue, wash and rinse the area and remove any debris or foreign material by hand. Control bleeding by applying direct, gentle pressure with gauze places on the wound. If you are unable to control the bleeding after 10 minutes, go to the emergency room.
IMMEDIATELY GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM IF YOUR CHILD EXPERIENCES THE FOLLOWING
-Possible Broken or Fractured Jaw: Keep the jaw from moving and take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room.