Dental Emergencies can happen at anytime, anywhere so parents be prepared! It could mean the difference between losing or saving your child’s tooth.
Here are some tips for how to handle some common dental emergencies:
- Knocked-out tooth – It is important to retrieve a knocked out tooth, hold it by its crown, and rinse off the root of the tooth if it’s dirty. Do not touch the root; the root is usually darker than the crown. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If possible, put the tooth back in its socket. The mouth is usually numb after that kind of trauma, so it will not hurt to put the tooth back into the socket. It is the safest place to transport the tooth, even if the dentist has to remove it and replace it again. If that isn’t possible or the child is too young to keep it there, put the tooth in a container with cold milk or cold water (not contact lens saline solution) and contact our office immediately. If it is after hours call (210) 286-9671.
- Broken tooth – Rinse the child’s mouth with warm water to keep the area clean. Use cold compresses on the area to keep the swelling down and get the child to the dentist’s office quickly. Bring the tooth fragment with you.
- Bitten lip or tongue – Clean the area gently with a cloth and then apply cold compresses to reduce the swelling. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, take your child to a hospital emergency room immediately.
- Objects caught between the teeth – Try to gently remove the object with dental floss and avoid cutting the gums. Do not use a sharp instrument. If you are not successful in removing the object, take the child to the dentist.