How To Handle Dental Emergencies

Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County I & II
Commack (631) 486-6364
Medford (631) 320-0880
www.SuperMolar.com

Emergencies happen when we least expect them. For busy families with kids on-the-go, it's important to know what to do in the event of a dental emergency. 

We're here to provide a few tips on what to do should your child be faced with a dental emergency

Toothache
If your child is suffering from a toothache, start by cleaning the area where the toothache is thoroughly. Have your child then rinse their mouth with warm water and use dental floss to dislodge any food that may be stuck. If nothing seems to be helping, call your child's pediatric dentist right away to get them into the office as soon as possible.

Knocked out tooth. 
Should one of your child's permanent teeth be knocked out, try and find the tooth. If you do find it, do not clean the tooth with anything other than water. Examine the tooth to see if there are cracks or fractures and if there isn't, insert the tooth back into the socket and hold it in place with gauze. Another option is putting your child's tooth in a cup of their saliva or milk and getting to the dentist immediately. Time is a critical factor in saving your child's tooth!

Chipped or fractured tooth.
If one of your child's permanent teeth has been fractured or chipped, timing is everything. Quick action can be the difference in saving the tooth, preventing infection and needing extensive work. To alleviate any immediate pain or discomfort, have your child rinse with water and apply a cold compress to the affected area.

Emergencies are never fun, however, being prepared can make all the difference in a frightening emergency situation. If a dental emergency should arise, Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County I & II are here for you and your child. We can be reached by calling (631) 486-6364 for Commack and (631) 320-0880 for Medford.


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