Pediatric Dental Emergencies
We are parents too!! We know how scary and upsetting it can be when our children get hurt or are in any pain. Here are common dental emergencies and some advise on what to do:
My child has a large cavity that hurts:
Thoroughly rinse the area with warm water or use dental floss to dislodge any food that may be impacted. Your child will need an examination to determine the severity of the cavity and appropriate treatment. Please contact Rossy Pediatric Dentistry to schedule an evaluation.
My child is swollen or has a pimple by his/her tooth:
A swelling is a sign of an active dental infection that has spread out of the tooth into surrounding tissues. These should be taken very seriously. Your child may have to be put on an antibiotic in order to treat this infection. Please contact Rossy Pediatric Dentistry to determine if any medication should be prescribed and to schedule an evaluation.
My child fell and chipped a baby tooth:
If a baby tooth has been chipped avoid any additional pressure on that tooth. Avoid hard food and chewing directly on the injured tooth for approximately 2 weeks. Please contact Rossy Pediatric Dentistry to schedule an evaluation.
My child fell and knocked out a baby tooth:
If a baby tooth has been knocked out DO NOT attempt to reinsert it. If the area is bleeding apply firm presssure with a piece of guaze, folded paper towel or clean cloth. Please contact Rossy Pediatric Dentistry to schedule an evaluation.
My child fell and chipped a permanent tooth:
If a portion of the permanent tooth fractured off, PLEASE LOCATE THE TOOTH FRAGMENT and bring with you to the dental appointment. Often times this fragment can be reattached with bonding. Avoid any additional force to this tooth and call Rossy Pediatric Dentistry to schedule an evaluation.
My child fell and knocked out a permanent tooth:
If a PERMANENT tooth has been knocked out, handle it by the crown only and attempt to reinsert. Do not wash or scrub. Once reinserted hold in place If unable to reinsert transport tooth in saliva or milk, NOT WATER. Contact Rossy Pediatric Dentistry immediately for instructions. The prognosis of this tooth is time sensitive.
If an emergency occurs during office hours, please CALL IMMEDIATELY! If an emergency occurs after hours please follow the prompts on our voicemail to have your message sent directly to a doctor's phone.