We know how distressing dental injuries are for both children and parents, however they are very common. There are two peak risk periods for dental trauma: toddlerhood from 18-40 months, and preadolescent/adolescent period, which can be due to sporting injuries. Below are some of the most common childhood dental emergences and helpful ways to deal with them.
Clean the area of the affected tooth. Rinse the mouth with warm water or use floss to help dislodge food particles. If pain is still present, contact us right away so we can assess the area. If the face is swollen, apply cold compresses and contact us immediately.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or cheek
Apply ice to area to help with swelling. If bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure. If bleeding cannot be controlled, call us or visit the emergency room in the hospital.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
If possible, find the tooth. Try to handle by the crown, not the root. You may rinse the tooth with water only. Do not clean with soap or scrub the tooth. If able and the tooth is intact, try to place it back into position. The patient can hold the tooth in place by biting on a gauze or clean cloth. If you are unable to place the tooth, transport in a cup containing patient’s saliva or milk, do not place in water. For older patients, the tooth may also be carried in the patient’s mouth (beside the cheek). YOU MUST SEE US IMMEDIATELY. TIME IS CRITICAL TO SAVE THE TOOTH.
Knocked Out Baby Tooth
You should never reimplant baby teeth. Contact us immediately, many times no treatment is necessary.
Chipped or Fractured Permanent Tooth
Contact us immediately. Quick action can save the tooth and prevent the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse the mouth with water, and use cold compresses to reduce swelling. It’s always a good idea if possible to save any broken fragments and bring with you to the dentist.
Chipped or Fractured Baby tooth
Contact us for an assessment.