When our kids dental emergencies arise, we do our best to see your child immediately. The staff at Puget Sound Pediatric Dentistry is here to help you and your child. Some common pediatric dental emergencies we see and what you can do are listed below.
Toothaches may be miserable for a young child. There are some tips you can try at home before calling our office. Start with brushing the tooth and the surrounding area. Floss that area well for any food particles that may be irritating the gums. If you're struggling to convince your child to brush and floss, there are a variety of ways to make brushing and flossing fun. Temporary relief can be found with an over the counter pain medicine such as acetaminophen. If the pain is not relieved following these steps, contact us for more advice or to schedule an appointment.
Cold or Canker Sores
Using an over the counter pain reliever can be used while waiting for a canker or cold sore to heal. If the sore seems unusual in any way, contact our office for more information.
Bleeding When a Baby Tooth Falls Out
Bleeding in your mouth from losing a tooth will stop. If you want, you can apply a guaze to the area and apply light pressure. If the bleeding seems unusual or continues significantly longer than normal, contact our office.
Bitten Tongue, Lips or Cheek
This has happened to all of us at some point, and what an awful location, we can't place a band aid there! Parents can hold a cloth in place until the bleeding stops. If the damage appears severe, or if the bleeding does not seem to be stopping, contact a doctor for assistance.
If a tooth breaks, we can help. This can be a painful problem. What you can do is first rinse the area using warm water. Afterwards an ice pack may bring your child some relief. Next, recover any broken pieces of tooth, but don't clean them, and place them in a small cup of milk, contact our office immediately, so we are able to restore the tooth.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
If your child loses a permanent tooth, first recover the tooth. Try to not touch the root area of the tooth, pick it up by the crown or tip of the tooth. It's ok to rinse but do not clean or scrub the tooth, even if you see tissue on the tooth. If you think the child will not swallow it, go ahead and reinsert the tooth into the socket and hold it in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If reinserting is not an option, place the tooth into a cup of milk or water. Contact our office immediately, time is essential to save the tooth.
Broken Dental Braces and Wires
If the device or wire can come out easily, go ahead and remove it, we don't want it to damage the child's mouth. If the wire or device can not be pulled out, place a cotton ball or cloth in the area to help prevent damage. It is important that you do not remove any wire that is caught in the gums, cheek or tongue; we want you to see a dentist immediately.
Injured or Possibly Broken Jaw
With an injured jaw, keep the mouth closed and even tie a towel or handkerchief around the jaw to keep it closed. Immediately take the patient to the Emergency Room.
For more tips and information on Emergency practices, contact our dentists, Chris Lugo, DMD, Jenny-Lee Kramar, BDS, Kendra E. Farmer, DDS, Kristin Johannsen, DDS, MSD, Chad Slaven, DDS, MSD, Paula Stepp, DMD, MS, and Trisha Benton, DMD, at one of our pediatric dentistry locations:
919 State Ave #104, Marysville, WA 98270
Phone: (360) 659-8100
14090 Fryelands Blvd Suite 348, Monroe, WA 98272
Phone: (360) 863-8700
9421 N Davies Rd Suite A, Lake Stevens, WA 98258
Phone: (425) 367-4149
7104 265th Street NW. #110 Stanwood, WA 98292
Phone: (360) 339-8000
We are here to assist your child in dental Emergency care, we do not want them to be in pain or discomfort.