Children have the unenviable combination of being both endlessly energetic and hilariously clumsy, which can often lead to accidents where their teeth pay the price. They are also not exactly known for their fantastic brushing habits, often resulting in severe toothaches that need to be addressed right away. If your child is ever in need of immediate dental care, know that Sprout Dentistry for Kids always has you covered. We want to help make your kiddo feel better and help ease your mind because we understand that these situations can be very scary!
At Sprout Dentistry for Kids, we’re available to help when you need us most. If your son or daughter experiences a dental emergency during regular dental office hours, we can nearly always schedule a same-day appointment. If the incident occurs after-hours, one of our dentists will be available by phone to evaluate the need for an after-hours appointment. In some cases, we may prescribe medication that can help alleviate painful symptoms until your family can come by in-person. Please proceed to the nearest emergency room or contact 911 if your child has significant facial swelling, is struggling to breathe, or has lost consciousness.
It can be tough to stay calm when your child is in pain, but if it concerns their teeth, know that the best thing you can do is give our dental office a call. Our team will walk you through first-aid tips over the phone and schedule an appointment so they can be seen right away. However, if you’re unable to come straight to our dental office for any reason, the following tips should provide some temporary relief:
Have your child take an over-the-counter (OTC) medication to lessen any pain associated with a toothache. You can also have them place a cold compress on the same side of their face as the tooth, but be sure to use it in 10 minute intervals so their skin isn’t harmed.
Have your child rinse their mouth with warm water, and try to find any large pieces of the tooth that you can. Tell them to not chew with the remaining tooth, and if it has a rough edge that is causing irritation, it can be covered either with a piece of sugarless gum or some dental wax. If you are able to retrieve any pieces of the broken tooth, try your best to preserve any tooth fragments in milk, preferably, or water (do not keep it dry) and bring it with you to the appointment.
While a knocked-out baby tooth is not always a cause for alarm, you should still bring your child to come see us so we can make sure their gums/surrounding teeth haven’t sustained any trauma as well. Have them hold a tissue near the socket to control any bleeding, and if they feel pain, they can take an OTC medication. DO NOT attempt to re-implant the baby tooth as you can risk injuring the developing permanent tooth.
You need to move fast in this situation as we can reattach an adult tooth only within an hour or so after it has been dislodged. Find the tooth, rinse off any debris, and try to place it back into the socket. Have your child hold the tooth by keeping their mouth shut. If this isn’t possible, they can store it in their cheek, or you can put it in a container with some milk. The tooth must remain wet to keep it alive!
Try to recover the filling, give it a quick rinse with some water, and see if you can place it back onto the tooth. A little bit of toothpaste can help with this, but be sure to NOT use any other kind of adhesive. Tell your child to avoid chewing with the tooth until we can repair it.
Every single child and every single dental emergency is unique, and because of this, there is no fixed price for urgent dental care. When you bring your child to see us, we’ll quickly evaluate their situation and recommend treatments based on what will get them out of pain the quickest and offer the best long term prognosis. To make these visits more affordable, our practice accepts insurance, offers flexible financing, and we even have our own Wellness Program that makes it easy to save.