Dental Emergencies for Kids
Emergencies are unpredictable and stressful. Fortunately, we can help when it comes to your kid’s dental emergencies! If your child has an accident involving their teeth, please give us a call right away at (541) 756-0156 and we will arrange to see them as soon as possible. It’s a good idea to start bringing your children in to see us by the age of one so that they feel safe and comfortable in our office and with our staff.
Knocked- Out Tooth
If your child knocks out a baby tooth (primary tooth) please call us and come in as soon as possible. In preparation for the trip to our office try to retrieve the tooth and place it in a container filled with milk or salt/water solution.
Do not scrub or over-handle any tooth that has been knocked out! Care should be taken to handle the tooth as little as possible. Rubbing, scrubbing, and over-handling can damage the tooth and should be avoided.
Once we are able to take a look at the tooth and their mouth, we will be able to better determine what our course of action will be. Yes, baby teeth are temporary and will come out eventually anyway, but depending on whether the tooth can be salvaged and how long it will be until the adult tooth is expected to replace it, we may be able to save it.
While we ask that you place a baby tooth in milk or saltwater, we would prefer that if your child (or you) knocks out an adult tooth you place it back in the mouth. The best way to deal with a knocked-out adult tooth would be to retrieve it by the crown (biting portion) of the tooth. Once retrieved you can rinse it with water and carefully insert it back into the socket.
If that isn’t possible bringing it to us in salt water or milk is a viable option as well.
Broken/Chipped ToothIf you can manage to find the piece of broken tooth, place it in a wet cloth and bring it with you to our office. Have your child rinse out their mouth with water and try to give them a cold compress to hold on their cheek. This will help with swelling.
Bitten Lip or TongueSome bites can be nasty! The best thing to do is treat the bite like you would a normal cut. Rinse the wound with water to ensure any particulate matter is removed and apply light pressure to the area. The application of a cold compress is a great way to keep swelling down. If the area is bleeding profusely or does not stop bleeding in a short period of time, please come to see us or bring your child to the emergency room.
ToothacheIn the event of a toothache make sure to have your child rinse out their mouth with warm water. Continue with their normal oral hygiene routine and make an appointment to come in and see us as soon as possible so that we can address the issue directly. Painkillers are fine as long as the instructions are closely followed.
If your child has a dental emergency, please call us immediately at (541) 756-0156 or head to the emergency room! We care deeply about your kids health and will make sure to make time for you and your family.