We understand that dental emergencies don’t always occur during office hours. To provide convenient service to our clients, we offer an emergency phone number for you to call after hours if your child suffers from a dental injury.
Common Causes of Dental Emergencies
Accidents are bound to happen, and some of the most common accidents and incidents that could lead to a dental emergency include the following:
- Broken teeth
- Bitten tongue or lip
- Knocked out teeth
- Broken jaw
- Object caught between teeth
Tips for Dental Emergencies
If your child suffers from a dental emergency, there are several tips that you can follow while you seek treatment:
- For an adult tooth that has been knocked out, be sure to keep it moist. Attempt to place the tooth back into the socket without making contact with the root, if possible. If this isn’t an option, place the tooth in milk, between the gums and cheek, or use a store-bought tooth preservation product and make your way to your dentist immediately.
- If you bite your lip or tongue, clean the area with water and gently apply a cold compress.
- If your child has an object stuck in his mouth, use floss to try and gently remove it, but never use pointed or sharp instruments.
- In the event of a cracked tooth, rinse out the mouth immediately with warm water. Then place a cold compress onto the face to minimize swelling.
- For a toothache, rinse your mouth with warm water and remove food that might be caught between the teeth. Never put aspirin on the tooth or gums.
Maintaining good oral hygiene is the best strategy in dental emergency prevention. Make sure that your child is visiting your dentist every six months to prevent problems before they arise.