First, clean around the sore tooth carefully. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to clear and food trapped between the teeth. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you use aspirin on the aching tooth or gum. In case of facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area, Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen is recommended in the event of facial swelling.Come in to see is as soon as possible. Facial swelling may be a sign of an abscess and a potentially life-threatening oral facial infection. Typically, once the source of the infection is removed (usually the affected tooth), the infection should subside.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek
Apply ice to any bruises. In the case of bleeding, apply firm, gentle pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If pressure does not stop the bleeding, or if bleeding persists after 15 minutes, please contact us or visit the emergency room.
Broken Braces or Wires
Only remove a broken appliance if it comes out easily. If it is lodged or painful to remove, cover any protruding or sharp edges with wax, cotton balls, gauze or gum. DO NOT REMOVE any wire lodged in the gums, cheek or tongue; see us immediately. Typically, emergency attention is not required for loose or broken appliances that cause no pain or discomfort.
Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments. Get immediate dental attention from any of our specially trained kid dentists.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
Recover the tooth, if possible, making sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root end. Rinse, but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. Reinsert the tooth in the socket and hold it in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, carry it in a cup containing the patient’s saliva or milk.Water is less favorable than milk but better than letting the tooth dry out. Because time is essential, see us immediately. Baby teeth that are knocked out prematurely do not need to be reinserted and harm may be caused to the underlying permanent teeth by so doing.
Possible Broken Jaw
In case of jaw injury, immobilize the jaw with a towel, tie or handkerchief and go immediately to the emergency room.
Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out
Fold a piece of gauze and place it (tightly) over the bleeding area. Bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes; if bleeding continues, please contact our office immediately.
Every child is unique and different, so the x-rays needed for one child may be different for another child of the same age. However, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, as well as the American Dental Association recommend that children have x-rays taken by age 3 or 4 to evaluate growth and development. This may involve taking one x-ray of the upper front teeth and one of the lower front teeth, as well as one on each side, depending on how many teeth a child has. X-rays of upper and lower teeth do not need to be taken again at each check-up, unless the child has had trauma to a front tooth. X-rays of back teeth should be taken at a minimum of once/ year if the back molars are touching each other. The sides of these teeth cannot be visualized with a dental exam, and often the only way to identify decay is with an x-ray. Decay damages children’s teeth at a faster rate than permanent teeth, and when untreated can cause severe infection.