Knocked Out Tooth
For a permanent tooth: Hold the tooth by the crown, and rinse the root with water if it is dirty. Do not wipe the tooth or remove any attached tissue fragments. If possible, gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket with a clean wash cloth or gauze, and take your child to the dentist as soon as possible. If this isn’t possible, put the tooth in a container with milk, saliva or water and take your child to the dentist as quickly as you can. Call the emergency number (215) 855-4092 if after hours. Don’t forget to take the tooth with you.
For a primary tooth: Baby teeth cannot be re-implanted because of potential damage to the developing permanent tooth. However, call the dental office immediately. Instructions will vary depending on the age of the child, area of tooth loss, soft tissue involvement and the nature of the accident.
Chipped or Broken Tooth
Rinse the mouth with warm water to keep the area clean. Put cold compresses on the face to reduce swelling. Call the dental office to schedule a visit as soon as possible. If you can find the broken tooth fragment, bring it with you to the dentist.
Bitten Tongue or Lip
Clean the area gently with a cloth and place cold compresses on the area to keep swelling down. If bleeding is excessive or doesn’t stop after a short period of time, take your child to the pediatric dentist, pediatrician or hospital emergency room.
Objects Caught Between The Teeth
Gently try to remove the object with dental floss. If you’re not successful, call the dental office for an appointment. Do not try to remove the object with a sharp or pointed instrument.
Rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out. Use dental floss to remove any food that may be trapped between the teeth. Do not put aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissue. Take your child to the South Bend pediatric dentist as soon as possible.
Possible Broken Jaw
Apply cold compresses to control swelling. Take your child to the pediatric dentist, oral surgeon or hospital emergency room immediately.