We know that dental injuries and emergencies can be frightening. Please do not hesitate to call us if you feel that your child is experiencing a dental emergency. We are always available - even if the office is closed - as one of our doctors will be "on call" at all times. We will guide you through the emergency, deliver the necessary treatment, or get you in touch with the appropriate dental or medical specialist. If you feel that your child may be experiencing a potentially life-threatening emergency, however, please call 911 immediately. We have listed some of the most common dental emergencies along with their solutions below as a reference:
A Baby Tooth Gets Chipped
Contact us to determine the urgency of treatment. Some chipped baby teeth require no treatment at all while other chips may necessitate "smoothing" to eliminate a rough edge or "bonding" to repair a large broken piece. When a tooth is chipped, we must be careful to make sure the chipped piece does not get stuck in any cuts in the lips that resulted from the trauma.
A Baby Tooth Gets Knocked Out
If a baby tooth is knocked out, never try to reinsert it into your child's mouth. The goal is to control the bleeding and to rule out any head trauma (concussion) or injury to facial structures (cuts or broken bones). To control the bleeding, apply firm, gentle pressure with a clean cloth or piece of gauze. Call us so that we can evaluate the situation.
An Adult Tooth Gets Chipped
Treatment for chipped adult teeth, just like chipped baby teeth, is contingent upon the extent of the fracture. Call us to determine whether treatment is urgent.
An Adult Tooth Gets Knocked Out
Treatment of adult teeth that are knocked out is very time-sensitive! Be careful, but be quick! Hold the tooth by its crown (not the root!), and rinse it gently in water. Do not scrub the tooth - the goal of the rinsing is just to remove loose debris. We don't want to disturb the cells that cover the root of the tooth. Reinsert the tooth into the socket, and hold it in place. Call our office immediately so that we can determine whether we should splint (bond) the tooth to the adjacent teeth while it heals.
If you cannot reinsert the tooth, place the tooth in a clean container with milk (use water if you do not have to access to milk). Call us immediately so that we can assist you in reimplanting the tooth. The faster we can get the tooth back into the socket, the higher our chances are of saving the tooth!