We’re Your Place for Fast and Effective Emergency Care
To say kids have a lot of energy is a gross understatement. Often, they can just run into things and bump into each other without consequence, but sometimes, accidents and injuries can happen. If they suddenly sustain an injury to their teeth, it can be tough knowing what to do. Should you take them to the hospital? Call 911?
Luckily, we have you covered right here at Brush Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Mira Albert, Dr. Lynna Gripentrog, and Dr. Andreina Ramones have all received special training to handle dental emergencies (especially for children). From the moment you call us, we’ll work hard to calm your child down and help them get the urgent treatment that they need.
If your child loses consciousness or you feel they have another serious injury, you should immediately call 911 and proceed to the nearest emergency room right away.
When You Should Call Us Immediately
If you and your child find yourself in any of the following situations, be sure to call us:
- Knocked out baby or permanent tooth
- Chipped, broken, or cracked tooth
- Broken or lost filling or crown
- Large object caught between the teeth
- Severe toothache
- Injury to the gums
- Injury to the jaw
- Tooth displacement (a tooth partially pushed in or pulled out)
Whenever you call us, we’ll do everything we can to see your child as soon as possible, and we’ll even make same-day appointments if possible. Over the phone, our highly-skilled team will walk you through what you need to do.
Here are a few things you can do after you have called us:
- Try to find the lost tooth or dental work.
- In the case of a tooth, only pick it up by the crown, never the root.
- Put a permanent tooth in a container of milk or other biological storage media.
- Use a clean rag or towel to apply gentle pressure to control any bleeding.
- Use a cold compress (on for 15 minutes, off for 15 minutes) to manage pain and swelling.
Once you’ve made it to our office, we’ll bring your child right back to the treatment room ASAP so our team can get to work as quickly as possible. The primary goals are to reduce their pain and save their smile as quickly as possible. We’ll triage the situation and recommend the best course of treatment for your child. Usually, we’ll schedule a follow-up appointment as well to make sure they are healing correctly.
How to Avoid a Dental Emergency
There are a few simple ways to help your child avoid a dental emergency. A big one is to bring them in for regular checkups and cleanings. This will let our team spot and fix any small issues that might cause an emergency in the future. Make sure your child doesn’t chew hard candies or ice, and avoid letting them use their teeth to open packages.
Sports are a big source of dental injuries as well. Fortunately, you can easily protect their teeth by making them wear a mouthguard. We can actually provide them with a mouthguard custom-made just for them so they can be both comfortable and protected while they’re out on the field/court. Contact our office for more information.
We’re Here For You!
Dental emergencies can certainly be scary, but with Brush Pediatric Dentistry, you now know what to do. We’ll be there for you and your child during one of their toughest moments, and you can trust that we’ll have them smiling afterward.
If you have any questions about what to do in a dental emergency, how to avoid one, or want to schedule an appointment, contact our office today.