Dental Emergencies

Dr. Day is often able to determine your child’s need to be seen over the phone and or from photos of your child’s injury or area of concern. If you think your child’s injury is truly a life-threatening emergency, call 911 immediately.

When to call: As soon as you can

Plan of action: If possible find the tooth. Handle the tooth by the crown (white part) and not by the root (yellow part). If tooth has visible dirt on it, rinse gently with water only. Do NOT scrub the tooth/root. Try to place the tooth back into the socket and then hold it in place with your finger or by biting on a towel. If you can’t reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup or plastic sandwich bag containing milk.

 

When to call: As soon as you can

Plan of action: This is usually not an emergency. Be prepared to answer questions relating to sensitivity and size of fracture. Dr. Day will determine if a nerve has been exposed; we will then determine the timing and need for treatment.

 

When to call: As soon as you can

Plan of action: This is usually not an emergency. Be prepared to answer questions relating to sensitivity and size of fracture. Dr. Day will likely ask you to send a photo of the chipped tooth to help determine the timing and need for treatment.

Call during business hours. If your child cannot sleep, call the following morning.

Plan of action: Clean the area of the affected tooth with a toothbrush and use dental floss to remove impacted food. Look for signs of infection (redness, pus or swelling). Ibuprofen or Tylenol is recommended for tooth pain. The use of Ora-gel or other benzocaine containing products is NOT recommended.

 

When to call: If your child has swelling of the face, call immediately. If your child has a pimple-like area next to the tooth, call during business hours.

Plan of action: Dr. Day will determine the treatment needed and if your child will need to take an antibiotic. A referral for a root canal may be recommended for a permanent tooth. Most abscessed primary teeth need to be extracted.

When to call: Usually not necessary. Call during business hours with questions or concerns.

Plan of action: If your child had dental treatment and bit his/her lip, cheek, or tongue, it may look like a yellow strawberry for 3-5 days. It is not an infection; it is tissue regenerating. It is critical to keep the area clean and avoid salty, acidic foods. If necessary take Ibuprofen or Tylenol.

 

When to call: Call during business hours.

Plan of action: When baby teeth are loose, encourage your child to wiggle them out. If a permanent tooth is erupting behind or in front of a baby tooth that is NOT LOOSE, the Dr. Day may recommend extractions to prevent the permanent teeth from erupting into the wrong place.

 

KEEP THE JAW FROM MOVING AND CALL 911 OR TAKE YOUR CHILD TO THE NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM IMMEDIATELY.