We all understand accidents and emergencies happen. Most dental accidents are not as bad as they seem. Staying calm is the most important part. If you stay calm, it will help your child stay calm and feel better about the situation. Keep in the mind that the mouth bleeds very easily, making things look worse than they are. The good news is that the mouth also heals very quickly.
If an accident happens during office hours, please call our office and immediate attention will be given to your situation. You will be seen as soon as possible. If the accident happens after office hours, please give our office a call and follow the instructions provided. Dr. Nathan should call you back very quickly, as your call will be returned as soon he possibly can. If you are experiencing a serious or life threatening emergency, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.
Some Common Dental Emergencies
If you do have a toothache, the first step would be to gently clean the area around the tooth, rinsing the mouth with lukewarm water, and gently brushing or flossing to remove any food particles that may be lodged in the tissue around the tooth. You can also give your child over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol). Do NOT place aspirin directly on the affected area. It will burn the gum tissue. If your child is still experiencing pain (or severe pain), and it does not go away in a timely manner, please call our office to schedule an appointment.
- If the tooth is dirty, try to only handle the tooth by the crown (the part you can see in your mouth, NOT the root) and gently rinse it off with water. Do NOT scrub the tooth root. This could damage good cells still intact on the root.
- Try to place the tooth back in its socket and have your child gently bite down on a napkin or t-shirt to help keep it in place until you can get to the office.
- If you can not replace the tooth in its socket, gently place the tooth in a small container of milk or have your child spit (which will be bloody but that’s ok) into a cup with enough spit to cover the tooth completely until we can try to re-implant the tooth at our office.