The one constant we know about kids is they are unpredictable and with that unpredictability emergencies can happen. There’s no telling when it may happen, but the best thing we can do is be prepared when something happens and that’s especially true for tooth trauma. If you know what to do in advance, the odds get a whole lot better of having a good outcome.
While there are different types of tooth emergencies, the most serious emergency to be considered is a permanent tooth that’s been knocked out of position or completely out. If this happens, you should know that time is of the essence and that the best chance of having the tooth implant successfully happens in the first 30 minutes after the incident. If this happens to your child come see us or take them to emergency immediately. Having our phone number stored in your cell phone can also help when an emergency situation does happen.
If a permanent tooth gets knocked out,
• DO assess whether or not your child’s injury involved hitting the head, causing them to lose consciousness even for a brief moment. If this is the case, your child should see a physician immediately. Worry about the mouth and teeth later.
• DON’T hold the tooth by the root— handle it by holding only the chewing surface, called the crown.
• DON’T rinse the tooth unless it is dirty; then rinse it for no more than 10 seconds under cold tap water.
• DO try to replace the tooth in its socket while your child bites on a sterile gauze pad or wash cloth to hold it in position. If this doesn’t work, have your child bite on gauze anyway, to control bleeding.
• DO put the tooth in balanced salt solution for teeth (available at drugstores), milk or your child’s saliva until you can make to the clinic.
For primary (baby) teeth – teeth should NOT be put back into the mouth because it may damage the growing permanent tooth. Contact us right away and save the tooth so we can assess it. To prevent it from drying out, bathe the tooth in a balanced salt solution for teeth (if available), milk or your child’s saliva.
As in any emergency, remaining calm and taking prompt action will help minimize the damaging effects of the injury, and lessen your child’s discomfort. Keep calm and call our office or head to the emergency room. For more information about dental emergencies, visit our website at http://www.dentalworks4kids.com.
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Dental Works 4 Kids is a pediatric & an orthodontic health care specialist in Ontario, CA provides the highest standard of specialized and comprehensive oral health care and orthodontics for infants, children, adolescents, and patients with special needs. Dental Works 4 Kids offer a safe and welcoming environment with a focus on education and prevention for families in our community.