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What to do in an emergency

Have a dental emergency? We are here to help. At La Petite Dentistry, it is our goal to give you peace of mind, knowing that we are here for you. Like many emergencies, when accidents happen, you may begin to panic. That is why we have provided you with some helpful tips so you know how to handle your dental emergency in the right way.

Never put off a dental emergency, as you may cause your child more pain than necessary. Follow these tips to increase your chances of saving a tooth or how to get the proper treatment in a hurry.

Broken or lost tooth

Step 1 – Find the tooth if possible and make sure you touch it by the crown (the part you would see when you open your mouth) not the root.

Step 2 – Rinse the tooth off with water but DO NOT clean it with any type of solution.

Step 3 – Look for any chips or fracture on the tooth. If you do not see any, reposition it in your child’s socket immediately, and hold it into position by biting on gauze or by holding it with your fingers. The less amount of time the tooth spends out of the mouth, the better chance we will have at saving it. If you are unsure of placing the tooth back into the socket because it is fractured, you can try to preserve it by placing it in between your cheek and gum, or use an emergency tooth preservation kit, if you have one on hand. You can also place the tooth in a glass of milk to increase our chances of saving it.

Broken or fractured tooth

If your child has a fractured tooth (cracked), remain calm. The first thing you will want to do is set up an appointment with La Petite Dentistry and we will get you in as soon as possible. There is no remedy for a fractured or broken tooth, so you must come in to see us. If you are not sure if the tooth is fractured, look for warning signs like sensitivity to heat and cold, or pain when chewing. If the tooth is broken and the gums are bleeding, apply pressure and a cold compress to the outside affected area. You can also take over-the-counter medicines for the pain.

Cut lip, cheek, and tongue

If your child has fallen and injured their mouth, you may notice some swelling and/or bleeding, but try not to panic as this is normal. To care for the wound, simply apply direct pressure to stop the bleeding. You may use a cold compress as well. If the bleeding does not stop or your child has trouble breathing, call 911.