We know that dental injuries and emergencies can be frightening. Please do not hesitate to call us if you feel that your child is experiencing a dental emergency.We are always available as someone is always on emergency call. We will guide you through the emergency, deliver the necessary treatment, or get you in touch with the appropriate dental or medical specialist. If you feel that your child may be experiencing a potentially life-threatening emergency, however, please call 911 immediately.
A baby tooth gets chipped or broken
If you can locate the tooth fragment, it is helpful to bring it to the office. Please contact our office to determine the urgency of treatment as some chipped teeth require no treatment while other times the tooth may require smoothing rough edges or bonding to repair larger fractures.
An adult tooth is chipped or broken
Treatment for chipped adult teeth, just like chipped baby teeth, is contingent upon the extent of the fracture. Please call us to determine whether treatment is urgent.
A baby tooth is knocked out
If a baby tooth is knocked out, please never try to reinsert it back into your child’s mouth. If a baby tooth gets knocked out, the goal is to control bleeding by applying firm pressure to the area and rule out any major head trauma or injury to any facial structures. Please call our office immediately so we can evaluate the situation.
An adult tooth is knocked out
Timing is VERY important when an adult tooth is knocked out! It is important to be careful yet quick when responding to this situation. Hold the tooth by the crown and not the root. Gently rinse with water and insert the tooth back with your finger and have the patient bite on a towel or gauze. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, place it in milk. Call us immediately so we can assist in re-implanting the tooth as the faster the tooth is replaced, the better the chance for saving the tooth.