Same Day Appointments for Patients with Pain
Your child’s dental health is very important to us, and we offer same-day appointments for any patient in pain. Please contact us if your child has a dental emergency and we will make sure we fit in a visit on the same day. While you’re waiting, it can help to know how to deal with dental emergencies.
Make an appointment to come and see us as soon as possible, but in the meantime try to make your child feel more comfortable by rinsing out their mouth with water. You may want to apply a cold compress to help soothe the toothache. Don’t put aspirin directly on the tooth as it can burn the gums, and don’t apply heat.
Cuts to the Tongue, Lips or Cheeks
Use a clean piece of gauze or a cold damp towel or washcloth to apply firm but gentle pressure to any areas that are bleeding. Contact us so we can help determine the necessary treatment.
Knocked out Permanent Tooth
Retrieve the tooth, holding it by the top part of the tooth rather than the roots. Rinse the tooth clean but try not to touch the roots. If you can, reinsert the tooth into the socket and get your child to hold it in position with a clean finger, or have them bite down on a clean piece of gauze or a clean washcloth. If you can’t reinsert the tooth, put it in a small cup with some milk and come to our office immediately. It’s sometimes possible to save teeth that have been knocked out, but we have to act quickly.
Knocked out Baby Tooth
If your child knocks out a baby tooth then don’t try to reinsert it as it could damage the permanent tooth. Make an appointment so our dentist can assess the situation. If you can’t find the tooth, there’s a possibility it could still be in the gums, so contact our office for a same-day appointment.
Suspected Broken Jaw
If you think your child might have broken their jaw then you can apply a cold compress to help reduce swelling, but take your child straight to the emergency room. This is especially important if the break was as a result of a head injury.
Avoiding Dental Emergencies
Sometimes accidents are unavoidable but taking some simple precautions can help reduce this risk. If your child play sports then make sure they have a custom-made mouth guard to reduce the risk of injury. Don’t let them bite down on particularly hard foods or chew ice cubes.
Regular dental checks combined with good dental care at home help keep the risk of tooth decay and toothache as low as possible. You can always ask our pediatric dentist for more advice, or practical information on how to look after your child’s teeth at home.