Dental trauma is a common occurrence in childhood. If it does happen, please try to stay calm. Then call the office and we will advise you in what to do. If necessary, we’ll have you come into the office or direct you to the right place.
Common dental emergencies include:
Broken Tooth – Gently rinse the area. Gather the broken pieces and place in milk (if possible), then call the office. We will advise you if you need to be seen immediately. Ice the area to keep swelling down and eat a soft diet until the area is healed.
Knocked out Baby Tooth – Call the office for an emergency visit. Do not try to replace the baby tooth.
Knocked Out Adult Tooth – Locate the tooth and gently rinse the tooth in milk or water. Avoid touching the root. Try to place the tooth back into the socket and hold in place with finger pressure or a wash cloth. If this is not possible, place the tooth in a cup of milk. Call us immediately because time is of great importance when trying to save the natural tooth.
Toothache – Call the office and we will schedule a visit for you to see Dr. Van as soon as possible. Rinse the mouth with warm salt water to clean away food and bacteria. Floss or a water pick could help dislodge food from in between the teeth.
CLICK HERE for an easy to read emergency trauma guide.