Responding to a Child’s Dental Emergency
Dental emergencies are injuries and traumas as well as facial swelling due to dental infection. In all instances, Dr. Greg should be contacted as soon as possible. In the meantime, follow these guidelines to address the emergency and make the child more comfortable.
FRACTURED OR CHIPPED TOOTH
Rinse gently with warm water to remove debris. (The child should avoid hot or cold food and liquids as well as sticky or chewy foods.) If there is swelling, apply ice packs. Parents should call Dr. Greg as soon as possible, so that the injury can be assessed and any necessary care can be arranged. Bring the fragment, in milk if possible, to their appointment.
KNOCKED OUT (AVULSED) PERMANENT TOOTH
Do not brush or scrub the tooth and do not touch the root. Gently rinse the tooth under running water. If possible, try to replace the tooth in its socket and hold it there with a clean washcloth or gauze. If you cannot replace the tooth, place it in a milk, saliva or cool water. In an effort to save the tooth, you should call Dr. Greg as soon as possible – this injury requires treatment immediately.
Although not as urgent, please consult Dr. Greg as soon as possible if a child’s baby tooth is knocked out. Do not re-implant a baby tooth.
SEVERE HEAD OR JAW TRAUMA
Any blow to the head can be life threatening; if any of these injuries are suspected, the child should be taken to the nearest emergency room.