Dental Emergencies

Emergency VisitsIf your child has a dental emergency during normal office hours, please call the office to schedule an appointment. After hours, you may call the office and will be guided towards the appropriate course of action.

Trauma
In the case of dental trauma, the first step is to ensure that your child has not received any injuries to other areas of their body. If your child has received trauma to areas outside of the mouth please go to your nearest pediatric emergency center or contact your pediatrician. If your child has received dental trauma please call the office.

Toothache / Swelling
If your child has a toothache, first examine the area for swelling and obvious cavities. Clean the area with warm salt water and use dental floss to dislodge any debris in the area. You can give your child over the counter pain medication but do not place aspirin or any other medications directly on the painful area. If your child has swelling outside of their mouth, apply a cold compress and monitor the area for spread of swelling. Call the office at to schedule an emergency visit following the completion of these steps.

Go directly to the hospital emergency room if your child’s temperature is >102 °F, or you notice difficulty breathing, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Lip Biting Following Dental Procedure
It is common for children to bite their cheeks, lips, and tongue following dental procedures if they are not watched closely. If your child has bitten their oral soft tissues, apply ice and pressure to the area. If bleeding does not stop after 15 min, call the office or take your child to the hospital emergency room.

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