Emergency Dental Care
In an emergency, contact Burg Children’s Dentistry for an immediate appointment. After hours, you can contact us with emergencies through our 24-hour answering service.
There are many common causes of childhood dental injury including: bathtubs, tile floors, stairs, coffee tables, swimming pools, bicycles, scooters, play structures, trampolines, and sports activities. Mouth guards offer your child protection from dental injury. Below are some examples of dental emergencies and helpful tips of what to do for your child.
Check the tooth to see if there is any food trapped inside or around it. Brush and floss the area thoroughly and rinse the mouth vigorously with warm salt water to remove any debris that could be causing the toothache. If the pain does not subside, give the appropriate dose of pain relief medication and call any one of our eight office locations to make an appointment.
A tooth infection resulting in a swollen face could potentially be a life-threatening situation and your child needs to go to a hospital emergency room immediately. Until you can see a doctor, place a cold compress on the face to reduce swelling and pain. Call us at Burg Children’s Dentistry for an emergency appointment to evaluate where the infection is and how to treat it.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek
To help stop any bleeding, apply firm yet gentle pressure to the area with a clean cloth. If the bleeding has not stopped after fifteen minutes, take your child to the hospital emergency room. Apply a cold compress to bruised or swollen areas. Call us for an appointment to evaluate any injury to your child’s teeth, jawbone or tissues around the mouth.
Bleeding After Baby Tooth Falls Out
A small amount of bleeding is common after your child loses a baby tooth. To help stop any bleeding that is occurring, have your child bite on a clean folded cloth or piece of gauze for fifteen minutes and make sure he/she is resting. Repeat this if necessary.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
Contact a dentist immediately. Time is a crucial factor in saving a permanent tooth. Find the tooth and gently rinse it off with room temperature water. Carefully hold the tooth by the crown, not the root, and do not scrub it. Place the tooth into its socket and have your child hold the tooth in place. If you are not able to reinsert the tooth into your child’s mouth, put it in a cup with milk or water and bring it to the dentist.
Knocked Out Baby Tooth
Call the dentist to make an appointment to assess any damage done to other teeth, jawbone, or tissues around your child’s mouth. Baby teeth should NOT be put back into the mouth because it could damage the emergent permanent tooth.
Rinse the injured area with warm water. To reduce swelling, place a cold compress over the face in the area of the oral injury. Call any of our four office locations immediately to assess further injuries, repair the tooth, and prevent infections from developing.
Cold / Canker Sores
Cold/canker sores are a relatively common problem for children. Many children occasionally suffer from cold sores around the lips as well as canker sores inside the mouth. These sores usually take seven to fourteen days to heal. To aid in healing and pain reduction, there are products available at your local pharmacy. Please let us know if your child frequently has cold or canker sores, or if the sores last longer than usual. Prescription medications may be necessary.