If you face a dental emergency, give us a call immediately.
If you need urgent treatment after hours, you can call our emergency number at 972-758-8777. We are always here to assist when your child’s dental health is at risk. Below are tips on dealing with urgent dental situations.
- Broken Tooth : Gently clean or rinse dirt from the area around the break. Place a cold compress on the face in the area of the broken took to minimize lip or facial swelling. If the fracture is more than one-half of the tooth, contact your dentist immediately.
- Knocked Out Tooth : For permanent teeth – Find the tooth. Handle the tooth by the crown, not root. If the tooth is dirty, gently rinse it in cold water, but DO NOT scrub or handle the root unnecessarily. Try to put the tooth back into the socket. Have the child hold the tooth in place by closing on a gauze pad or washcloth. If it is not possible to replace the tooth, place the tooth in a cup of cold milk, or if this is not available, cool water. Go to the dentist immediately. Time is important for saving the tooth, less than 30 minutes is the best. For primary (baby) teeth – Teeth are not re-implanted.
- Toothaches : Clean the area around the tooth. Rinse the mouth with warm salt water and use dental floss to remove any trapped food between the teeth. If there is swelling, apply cold to the outside of the face. Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain. Call the dentist.
- Bitten Tongue or Lip or cheek : If there is bleeding apply gentle pressure with a clean cloth or gauze. Apply an ice compress to the injured area. If bleeding does not stop, go to a hospital emergency room.
- Possible Broken Jaw : Do not move the jaw. Stabilize the jaw by tying a towel, necktie, etc., over the top of the head. Apply cold compresses. Go to an oral surgeon or hospital emergency room immediately.
- Objects Caught between the Teeth : Try to remove the object with dental floss. You may tie one or two small knots in the floss to help remove the debris. Do not use a sharp metal object. If you cannot remove it, contact the dentist.
- Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out : Fold a gauze pad or clean washcloth over the bleeding area. Keep it in place for 15 minutes, then repeat as necessary.
Pediatric dental care for emergency care is 972-758-8777