For Dental Emergencies Call 937-390-0493
Emergencies are scary for both parents and children. Sometimes it is hard to tell if the pain your child is experiencing needs immediate attention. For any questions of concerns don’t hesitate to call and ask one of the doctors.
- Dental pain can range from minor gum irritations to severe tooth infections. As a general rule, pain needs to be addressed quickly if it happens spontaneously, keeps your child awake at night, or doesn’t respond to pain relievers such as Tylenol or ibuprofen.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek
- You may apply cold compresses to injured areas to help control swelling and bleeding. If bleeding cannot be controlled by simple pressure, call our office or take your child to a hospital emergency room.
Knocked-Out PERMANENT Tooth
- Handle the tooth by the crown, not by the root.
- Briefly rinse the tooth with water to remove dirt.
- DO NOT clean the tooth with soap or handle the root.
- Inspect the tooth for fractures. If it appears whole, try to reinsert it into the socket as quickly as possible. The tooth may need to displace a blood clot, but it should not need excessive force.
- Have your child bite on gauze to hold the tooth in place.
- If you are unable to reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing MILK or your child’s SALIVA. Do not have the child hold the tooth in their mouth during the transport.
- You should contact a dentist IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor in determining the long-term outcome for the tooth.
Knocked-Out PRIMARY (Baby) Tooth
- DO NOT try to reinsert the tooth.
- You may apply cold compresses to injured areas to help control swelling and bleeding.
- Baby teeth are not reinserted because of the potential for damage to developing permanent tooth buds. Usually this type of injury does not need immediate follow-up.
- Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions, or if your child sustained other injuries.
- Although immediate attention is usually not needed it is recommended to be evaluated within a few days.
Fractured PERMANENT Tooth
- Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling.
- Locate any broken tooth fragments, place them in milk, and bring them with you to the dentist.
- Contact our office as soon as possible.
- Not all fractured permanent teeth need immediate attention; however, the outcome for a tooth with a complicated fracture can significantly improve with prompt treatment.
Chipped or Fractured PRIMARY (Baby) Tooth
- Usually this does not require immediate attention if the fracture only involves the outer shell of the tooth.
- If a larger part of the tooth is fractured you should contact our office. We will help determine if your child should be seen immediately.
- Small fractures of primary teeth are very common. This is particularly true when children are learning to walk.
Loss of Consciousness
- If your child loses consciousness go directly to the emergency room at a hospital to evaluate the injury prior to any dental needs.