Two words that parents never want to hear: dental emergency. But, no matter how careful you and your children are, accidents happen. Fortunately, Kids & Family Dental offers comprehensive emergency and trauma-related dentistry. Whether you or a family member experience a broken tooth, severe dental pain or damage to the gums or soft tissues of the mouth, we are prepared to handle it.
Broken or Cracked Teeth
Unfortunately, kids can be a bit prone to accidents. Sports injuries are common causes of dental emergencies but biking, skateboarding and even regular roughhousing can lead to a broken tooth or other oral trauma. If a broken tooth does happen, have your child rinse his or her mouth with warm water, then apply gauze to the area, followed by a cold compress, to stop or prevent bleeding. Locate the tooth immediately and place it back in its socket, if possible. If that’s not possible, place the tooth in a small, covered container of milk or warm salt water. Take care to handle the tooth only by the enamel surface, so as not to contaminate the root. If you must rinse it off, take care not to disturb any tissue that may remain on or around the root.
Lost Fillings, Crowns or Bridges
It happens to everyone eventually, but the pain and panic that accompany a lost filling or crown can be severe. Exposing a vulnerable portion of the tooth to air can be torture, not to mention eating and drinking. Use an ice pack on your cheek or jaw to help relieve any discomfort until your appointment. Secure the filling, if possible, and bring it with you to the dentist. You may be able to replace a crown temporarily over its tooth, but be careful not to sleep or eat on it until it’s secured by the dentist.
Mouth or Gum Pain
The most common cause of pain in the gums or soft tissues of the mouth is infection. If abscess or infection forms below the gum line or on the root of a tooth, it’s important to contact our office immediately. Without a thorough examination, the dentist can’t identify the problem. Left untreated, abscesses may rupture and spread the infection throughout the mouth and body. Any cuts, burns or sores (such as those that come from biting your gums or lips) that don’t heal on their own may also require medical attention.
In Case of a Dental Emergency
When you or a family experiences a dental emergency, it’s important to remain calm and call our office immediately. We will fit you into our schedule as quickly as possible, to avoid further pain or damage, and return your life to normal.