What To Do In Case of a Dental Emergency
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY CHILD FALLS AND KNOCKS OUT A PERMANENT TOOTH?
Remain calm. Locate the tooth and pick it up by the chewing surface, being careful not to touch the root.
If the tooth is not dirty or broken, you should attempt to reinsert it into your child’s mouth into the empty socket. If you are able to reinsert it, have your child hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean piece of cloth or gauze and go directly to your dentist. If you cannot reinsert the tooth (or if it is dirty or broken), put the tooth in a glass of milk, saliva, saline (salt) solution or an emergency tooth preservation kit and take it and your child immediately to your dentist’s office. It is best to see a dentist within 30 minutes.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY CHILD FALLS AND KNOCKS OUT A PRIMARY (BABY) TOOTH?
DO NOT reinsert the tooth. Take your child to your dentist as soon as you can.
CHIPPED OR BROKEN TOOTH
Even if the damaged tooth is not a permanent one, it is important to go immediately to the dentist office. Once a tooth has become chipped or broken, bacteria can enter the tooth’s pulp or nerve and cause an infection. It is important for a dentist to evaluate the damage and seal the enamel to keep bacteria out and ward off infection. If you are able to locate the piece of broken tooth, wrap it in some wet gauze or wet towel if possible.
CUT/BITTEN TONGUE, LIP OR CHEEK
A cut or bitten tongue, lip or cheek can lead to bleeding, swelling and discomfort. To relieve these symptoms, first apply direct pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding. If there is swelling, you can reduce it by applying a cold compress.
TOOTHACHE OR SWOLLEN FACE
Give your child what you would normally give him or her for pain. Take your child to the dentist as soon as you can as swelling of the face can be a sign of a serious infection.