Are you having a dental emergency? Here’s what you need to do to tie you over until you are able to see a dentist:
Rinse the area with warm salt water. If your child’s face is swollen, place a cold compress on it. Do not rub aspirin on the teeth or gums. Contact your pediatric dentist as soon as possible.
- Permanent Tooth: Find the tooth, hold it by the crown, and rinse it for a few seconds with clean running water ONLY. Do not wipe or scrub the root. Reinsert the tooth back into the socket, and have your child bite down on clean gauze to hold it in place. If this is not possible, place the tooth in a cup of milk or the patientâ€™s saliva. Time is critical – the tooth has the best chance of being saved if it’s treated in 1 hour or less. Your child needs to see a dentist immediately if they lose a permanent tooth.
- Baby Tooth: Contact your pediatric dentist and schedule a visit as soon as possible. This is not usually an emergency. Don’t try to place it back into the socket.
Chipped or Fractured Tooth
As with a knocked-out tooth, time is also a critical factor with a chipped or fractured tooth. Contact your pediatric dentist immediately.
Prompt treatment can prevent infection and the need for more extensive treatment. First, rinse the mouth with warm clean water. If there’s bleeding, apply pressure to the area with clean gauze for 10 minutes. Also, apply a cold compress to the traumatized area to stop any swelling. If you can find the tooth fragment, bring it to the dental office.
Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out
Try to control the bleeding by applying firm but gentle pressure to the area for 10-15 minutes. If the bleeding continues, contact your pediatric dentist.
Facial swelling could mean your child has an infected tooth. Immediately go to your pediatric dentist.
Cut Tongue, Lip or Cheek
Apply firm but gentle pressure to the area with clean gauze or a cloth for 15 minutes to stop the bleeding. Once the bleeding stops,you can use ice to help with the swelling. If the bleeding doesnâ€™t stop, call a doctor or go to the nearest hospital.
Trauma to the Head or Neck
Take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room immediately.
Possible Broken Jaw
If you suspect that your child has a broken jaw, immobilize it by tying their mouth closed with a cloth or handkerchief. Then take the child immediately to the emergency room.