Emergency Dental Needs: How To Respond
Few things can completely throw you and leave you feeling frantic like the sudden injury or discomfort of your child. When it comes to dental mishaps, we are ready to help you and your little one at a moment’s notice. As long as your child is not suffering from a true medical emergency (which occurs when your child’s life is at risk) then we will schedule an emergency dental visit. To ensure you make it to our office feeling confident, we encourage you to learn more about the best way to respond should an accident occur.
First, Call Us Right Away
Did your child just come to you with a broken tooth? Is your little one experiencing a toothache or swelling that needs immediate attention? No problem. Contact us as soon as a problem occurs, so we can find room in the schedule for your emergency dental visit.
Then, Tend To The Concern
Now you have an appointment time scheduled, so you can receive the emergency dental care your child needs. As you prepare to leave your home, consider the following steps for a wonderful visit:
- A Broken Tooth: If your child breaks his or her tooth, gather the pieces up. Place them in a sealed container to bring with you.
- Pain or Swelling: Give your child a children’s over-the-counter pain reliever.
- Minor Bleeding: Use clean cloth or gauze, pressing and holding it against the bleeding area.
- Dislodged Tooth: Carefully hold the tooth by the crown, rinsing it under mildly warm water. If possible, see if you can slip the tooth back in place. If it does not slide back in effortlessly – or if you do not wish to try – bring the tooth with you in a sealed container full of salt water or milk.
- Debris Stuck Between Teeth: Make one pass between the teeth with dental floss. If this does not work, allow us to remove the debris.