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Dental Emergencies

Your child is probably going to have a dental emergency at some point. Most children do. Always keep our number by the phone for easy access just in case. If your child does have an emergency, stay calm and follow the instructions below.

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  • Toothache
  • Severe Blow to the Head or Jaw Fracture
  • Abcess Tooth/Facial Swelling
  • Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek
  • Knocked-Out Permanent Tooth
  • Chipped or Broken Tooth
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Orthodontic Emergencies

Many of the common orthodontic dilemmas can be taken care of without ever leaving the house. Others require a prompt visit. Below are a few simple steps that might help if you need a “quick fix” before you can get into the office. Please contact the office if your child is experiencing serious discomfort during treatment or if you have any questions.

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  • Loose Bracket
  • Poking Wire
  • Wire out of Back Brace
  • Poking Elastic (Rubber Band) Hook
  • Sore Teeth
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*Some information provided by AAPD.org

child loses tooth Clean the area of the affected tooth thoroughly. Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm water or use dental floss to dislodge impacted food or debris. DO NOT place aspirin on the gum or on the aching tooth. If face is swollen, apply cold compresses. Take the child to a dentist.

dental emergency Go immediately to the emergency room of your local hospital. A blow to the head can be life threatening.

pediatric dentist plano texas Call your pediatric dentist or pediatrician immediately.

kids dental Apply ice to bruised areas. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a piece of gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or it cannot be controlled by simple pressure, take the child to hospital emergency room.

child loses tooth Find the tooth. Handle the tooth by the crown, not the root portion. You may rinse the tooth but DO NOT clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Inspect the tooth for fractures. If it is sound, try to insert it back into the socket. Have the patient hold the tooth in place by biting on a piece of gauze or a wash cloth. If you cannot insert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing the patient’s own saliva or cold milk. The patient must see a dentist IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor for survival of the tooth.

plano texas pediatric dentistry Contact your pediatric dentist immediately. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If you can find the broken tooth fragment, bring it with you to the dentist.