Occasionally, your child may suffer an unexpected injury that requires immediate attention. Don’t worry. We include time in our daily schedule for treating emergency cases so parents can take comfort in knowing their child will be seen in a timely manner.
Common conditions that may call for an emergency appointment include:
- Knocked out tooth (baby or permanent)
- Chipped/broken tooth
- Sports injuries
Emergencies can be frightening. There may be blood, swelling, pain, fearful children and even frightened parents. We will help you get through an emergency situation, beginning with your first phone call to our office, until you see the dentist.
Here are some tips for handling the situation until you reach our office.
- If a tooth is knocked out (particularly a permanent tooth), rinse it gently if possible and try returning it to the socket. If it can’t be replaced, put it in a cup of milk until you reach our office.
- Control bleeding by applying moderate pressure with a clean, damp gauze. In a pinch, a wet tea bag also is helpful for stopping bleeding.
- Soothe an oral cut or irritation by having your child rinse with a mild saltwater solution and then spit it out. A small amount of blood may mix with saliva and appear more severe than it actually is. Rinsing and spitting soothes the mouth and flushes away the excess blood to reveal the true extent of the trauma.
- Distract your child in the moments following an accident in an effort to redirect their attention and help calm them down. This can reduce stress and anxiety until you see the dentist.
No two emergency dental cases are the same, and that’s exactly how we approach these sorts of cases. For more information regarding dental emergencies, please call our office today.