Dental emergencies are common in both children and adults. Please remember in any dental emergency, contact your dentist as soon as possible. Keep our emergency number posted close to your phone for the fastest response time.
Dental emergencies can often be avoided. Although accidents do happen, following these recommendations as well as proper oral hygiene can prevent injuries:
Comfort your child by rinsing their mouth with cool water and giving over-the-counter medication for pain. Please contact us promptly. If pain persists, apply a cool compress to the face of the area affected. Never place heat or medication on the area itself.
Cut or Bitten Tongue/Lip/Cheek
Gently clean the affected area with fresh water and apply a cool compress to reduce swelling. If there is severe bleeding or bleeding persists, please speak with your physician.
Object Stuck Between Teeth
If your child has an object stuck between their teeth that cannot be removed with dental floss, please contact us. Avoid using anything further than dental floss on your child's teeth as it will cause more damage.
Bleeding After Losing a Tooth
Some bleeding is normal after losing a tooth. Apply a clean compress with pressure to the socket. If bleeding persists longer than 5 to 10 minutes, please contact our office.
If possible, find the tooth chip and place it in a glass of cold milk or saliva. Rinse the mouth with water and apply a cool compress if the lip was injured. Contact us as soon as possible to limit future extensive dental treatments.
Primary Tooth (baby tooth) Has Been Knocked Out
A primary tooth should not be replanted as it can cause damage to the permanent teeth below. Please contact us as soon as possible for treatment.
Permanent Tooth Has Been Knocked Out
Use clean water to rinse the tooth (do NOT use soap). If the child is old enough, replace the tooth in the socket and hold with a clean wash cloth. If this is not possible, place the tooth in a glass of cold milk or saliva. Contact us immediately! The faster you see your dentist, the greater chance you have at saving the tooth.
Please call an ambulance or go to the nearest hospital immediately. Head damage can be life-threatening and needs prompt medical attention. Cold compresses can be applied to ease discomfort.
Cold sores and Canker sore are often triggered after visiting the dentist. Several factors including patient susceptibility and stress can be contributors. This can be uncomfortable and a topical anaesthetic can be applied for relief. Please speak with your dentist about possible treatments if you are prone to mouth sores.