If your child has suffered a traumatic injury with any loss of consciousness or if you suspect a broken jaw, please send your child to the hospital emergency room as soon as possible. It is most imperative we ensure the overall health of your child before beginning to address any consequences from dental trauma.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
The patient must see a dentist IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth. If possible, find the tooth. Handle it by the crown, not by the root. You may rinse the tooth with water only. DO NOT clean with soap, scrub or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Transport the tooth in a cup containing the patient’s saliva or cold milk. The tooth may also be carried in the patient’s mouth (beside the cheek) if your child is cooperative enough not to accidentally swallow it.
Please call our office as soon as possible to speak with the doctor on call.
Knocked Out Baby Tooth
In most cases, no immediate treatment is necessary. Please call our office to speak to the doctor on call to determine when your child should be seen for full evaluation following the injury.
Clean the area of the affected tooth with a toothbrush. Rinse the mouth thoroughly with warm water and use dental floss to dislodge any food that may be stuck between the teeth. You may give your child either Children’s Motrin or Children’s Tylenol according to the manufacturer’s instructions for pain. Please contact our office to schedule an appointment during working hours to bring your child into our office so we can most effectively treat the cause of the pain. If your child’s face is swollen, contact our office to speak with our doctor on call.
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 within thirty minutes, call our office to speak with our doctor on call.
Chipped or Fractured Permanent Tooth
Contact our office immediately. Timely treatment can sometimes save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment in the future. Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce facial swelling. If possible, locate and save any broken tooth fragments and bring them with you to the dentist. We may or may not be able to use the broken fragment as part of the final restoration.
Chipped or Fractured Baby Tooth
Most often this is not a dental emergency. Contact our office to speak with the doctor on call to determine when your child should be scheduled for full evaluation following the injury.