People of all ages can traumatically injure a tooth. Injuries may result from any number of situations, including bad falls, playing a sport, or bike or car accidents. When you experience a dental emergency, there are a few things you can do to care for the injury before meeting with our dentists.
If your child has a broken jaw or another serious injury, we recommend that you visit the emergency room or your medical physician before seeking dental treatment. If your child's injury is life-threatening, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
Chipped or Fractured Teeth
Some types of chips, cracks or fractures are relatively painless, but others may result in extreme pain. When your child chips or fractures a tooth, contact our office immediately. While waiting to meet with our dentists, here are some things you can do:
You may also cover the affected area with dental cement (available for purchase at most pharmacies).
Avulsed (Knocked-Out) Teeth
If your child's tooth has been completely knocked out of its socket, contact our office immediately. Time is a critical factor in whether or not we can successfully replace your child's tooth in his or her mouth. After arranging to meet with our dentists, follow these instructions:
A simple toothache can often be relieved by rinsing the mouth to clear it of debris, or by flossing to remove debris lodged between the teeth. If this does not relieve the problem, contact our office and make an appointment with our dentists so that we can determine the cause of your child's toothache and provide an appropriate treatment.
Do NOT place aspirin on your gums or teeth, as this can cause damage to your oral tissues.