IMMEDIATE CARE FOR SUDDEN DENTAL CONCERNS
We recognize that life’s little mishaps do not always happen at the most opportune times – sometimes they occur when you are already juggling a full schedule. When it comes to a dental emergency, Dr. Marr empathizes with you and your little one. Determining the source of your child’s discomfort or discovering a problem like a broken tooth can be quite overwhelming. Rather than worrying about your child’s dental health we want you to feel relaxed and calm, which is why we offer same day emergency appointments on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.
About Dental Emergencies
First, remain calm so your child remains relaxed. If your child is suffering from a serious medical emergency, contact 911 or bring your child to your local emergency room instead. Otherwise, contact us if your son or daughter is experiencing one of the following:
- A problem that requires immediate attention to protect an oral structure from serious damage – this may include but is not limited to a broken tooth or a dislodged tooth
- Severe discomfort and/or swelling that requires urgent attention, which may be the result of a serious cavity, infection, failed dental filling, or trauma
How to Prepare For Your Emergency Dental Visit
Keeping your child comfortable and safe before your visit is your first priority. By adhering to some simple guidelines, you can improve the success of your visit, while keeping your child’s tears at bay:
- Did your child break a tooth? If so, do your best to gather up as many of the pieces as you can find. Place the pieces in a sealed container to bring with you to the visit.
- Did your child dislodge a tooth? Rinse the tooth under lukewarm water but be careful to preserve the tissue attached to it. Keep the tooth safe in a sealed container filled with salt water or milk and bring it with you to your appointment.
- Is your child suffering from minor bleeding? Have your child hold a clean piece of fabric or gauze over the affected area, applying pressure so the bleeding subsides.
- Is your child suffering from pain or swelling? Place a cold pack over the affected area to alleviate discomfort and to reduce swelling. You may also have your child take an over-the-counter children’s pain reliever, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
- Does your child have something stuck between his or her teeth? You may gently attempt to dislodge the debris with dental floss. However, if the attempt is unsuccessful, do not continue repeated attempts, which may cause injury or further discomfort. Simply wait for your visit.
- You may wish to bring a pillow, blanket, or special stuffed animal along for added comfort.