Dental emergencies can be scary, but don’t panic. North Royalton Pediatric Dentistry offers emergency dental care for your little ones. If you have a dental emergency, call our office right away, even outside of office hours. Our phone menu includes the option to contact the doctor on call.
Our team of pediatric dental experts will meet with you and your little one as soon as possible to address your emergency. Until then, please refer to this list of dental first-aid procedures, or call 911 if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
If your child has an injury that has caused a tooth to come out of place you should contact us as soon as possible. Seek emergency medical attention if there has been a loss of consciousness or any signs or neurological impaitment. If the avulsed ("knocked out') tooth is a baby tooth you should focus on comforting the child rather than trying to find the missing tooth.
However, if the avulsed tooth is an adult tooth, it may be possible to save the tooth. The sooner the tooth is replaced, the more likely the tooth is to heal. Here are some step-by-step instructions for dealing with this situation:
1. Rinse the tooth with milk, saline, or saliva. Do not scrub the tooth, use soap or toothpaste, or touch the root. .
2. Try to gently insert the tooth back into its original socket, if possible
3. If you are unable to replant the avulsed tooth, place the tooth in milk, saline, or saliva.
4. Seek emergency dental care.
If your child sustains an oral laceration, apply clean gauze to the area with gentle pressure to stop the bleeding. If bleeding doesn’t slow or stop, seek emergency care by calling 911 or visiting your local emergency room. If the cut appears minor and other teeth have been impacted, contact our office for an emergency appointment.
Sometimes, children have teeth that have been hit, but are not dislodged or fractured. Although concussed teeth can cause minor discoloration, they don’t typically need emergency treatment unless the tooth turns dark.
For more information on how to respond to common dental injuries, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has put together a helpful info sheet.
Remember, your North Royalton Pediatric dentist can help your child with a wide range of dental emergencies. If your child experiences these or other kinds of dental trauma, please contact our office so that we can help.