We make every effort to treat children in pain or who have been involved in an accident as quickly as possible. Our doctors are on call 24 hours a day and can be reached after office hours through our emergency service.
If your child has a sore tooth, make sure they avoid food with extreme hot or cold temperatures. Thoroughly clean around the sore tooth and rinse with warm salt water to remove any trapped food. Never place aspirin on the tooth or gum. In the event of facial swelling, apply a cold compress and contact the office. For pain, over-the-counter ibuprofen or acetaminophen is recommended. Call the office for an appointment as soon as possible.
Children most commonly experience severe dental trauma when they are first learning to walk or in early adolescence when they are more active with friends riding bikes or playing sports. A custom-made mouth guard is the most effective way to prevent severe dental injuries.
If your child has a severe dental injury and loses a tooth or breaks their tooth its important to seek immediate dental care. First recover the tooth or tooth fragment, hold by the crown (top) and not the root (end). While still holding the crown, carefully rinse the tooth in clean water without scrubbing the root. Place the tooth in a cup of cold milk or hanks balanced salt solution (save-a-tooth) and go directly to your pediatric dentist. Your Pediatric Dentist will be able to determine if your child’s tooth can be implanted and saved.
Chipped teeth are very common especially when children are learning to first walk. If your child chips their tooth rinse the mouth with cold water and apply a cold compress to reduce any swelling. Recover any broken fragments and bring them to the office for your appointment. Call the office immediately to schedule an emergency evaluation.
Canker sores and cold sores can be very annoying and painful, especially for children. Over-the-counter medications can provide some pain relief, while some prescription medications can help shorten the duration of these common oral lesions. Contact our office if pain persists and is affecting your child’s daily activities.