If your child is complaining of a toothache, it is time to make an emergency dental appointment with your pediatric dentist. If your child is having problems swallowing or breathing in cases of severe swelling or an allergic reaction, please dial 911 or go to the emergency room immediately.
Cut or Bitten Lip
Children often get minor cuts and lacerations on their lips and to the mouth when playing. Apply ice to the area to reduce swelling. Apply pressure to the area to stop the bleeding. If bleeding cannot be controlled please call your doctor or visit the emergency room.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
If possible, find the tooth. Do not hold it by the root, hold it by the crown (near the biting edge) only. Do not clean the tooth. Place it in milk, saliva or Hank’s Balanced Salt Solution. Avoid storage in water! Your child needs to see a dentist immediately for the tooth to be correctly repositioned in the mouth. Call your dentist or visit the emergency room as soon as possible. Time is critical!
Knocked Out Baby Tooth
Unlike permanent teeth, it is not necessary to reimplant baby teeth back into the mouth when they are knocked out due to the potential of damaging immature permanent teeth that are forming. Contact your dentist about the incident, but most likely no treatment will be necessary.
Chipped or Fractured Permanent Tooth
When an adult tooth is fractured, it is important to contact your dentist immediately. Depending on how severe the fracture is, the tooth might need a root canal treatment. Sensitivity can occur in a tooth after a fracture, especially when the nerve is exposed. Make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible for evaluation and treatment of fractured teeth.
Chipped or Fractured Baby Tooth
Contact your pediatric dentist for an examination if your child is experiencing pain, tooth sensitivity or if the tooth/teeth are very loose or out of position.