When accidents or dental emergencies happen, Dr.CC and her team are here to help. A dental emergency can be a distressing experience for you and your child; fortunately, you can count on our team to help you through it and ease your child’s mind. Common injuries include the displacement of teeth and damage to soft oral tissues such as the gums. In some cases, severe accidents may require emergency medical attention. If your child is severely affected by an injury or accident, contact or visit your nearest emergency room as soon as possible.We recommend that you keep our office number on hand by saving it in your cell phone or in your vehicle so that you can call our office from anywhere. If you’re calling outside of office hours or get our voicemail, leave a detailed message about the nature of your child’s injury along with contact information and we will return your call as soon as possible—even after regular office hours.
Toothache: Clean the area of the affected tooth. Rinse the mouth thoroughly with warm water or use dental floss to dislodge any food that may be impacted. If the pain still exists, contact The Tooth Factory. Do not place aspirin or heat on the gum or on the aching tooth. If the face is swollen, apply cold compresses and contact us immediately.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek: Apply ice to injured areas to help control swelling. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a gauze or cloth. If bleeding cannot be controlled by simple pressure, call a doctor or visit the hospital emergency room.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth: If possible, find the tooth. Handle it by the crown, not by the root. You may rinse the tooth with water only. DO NOT clean with soap, scrub or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Inspect the tooth for fractures. If it is intact, try to reinsert it in the socket. Have the patient hold the tooth in place by biting on a towel or something soft. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing the patient’s saliva or milk. The patient must see The Tooth Factory IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.
Knocked Out Baby Tooth: Contact The Tooth Factory during business hours. This is not usually an emergency, and in most cases, no treatment is necessary.
Chipped or Fractured Permanent Tooth: Contact The Tooth Factory immediately. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If possible, locate and save any broken tooth fragments and bring them with you.
Chipped or Fractured Baby Tooth: Contact The Tooth Factory.
Severe Blow to the Head: Take your child to the nearest hospital or emergency room immediately.
Possible Broken or Fractured Jaw: Keep the jaw from moving and take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room.