Emergency Information

What to do in case of emergency

Call our office as soon as possible if you feel you have an emergency. Please do not come directly to our office – by calling us, you will allow us to create a time to see you. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled, call us immediately to notify us of the problem so we can adequately address it.

Tooth Ache

Begin by cleaning around the sore tooth meticulously. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between teeth. In the event of facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. Call our office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.

Broken Tooth

Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments. Please call our office as soon as possible.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

If your child loses a tooth from an injury, try to remain calm. Call our office so we can help you determine if it is a permanent tooth. Recover the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root end. Rinse, but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. Reinsert the tooth in the socket and hold it in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, carry it in a cup containing milk or water. Because time is essential, call our office immediately.

Discomfort After Cleaning

A thorough cleaning can cause some bleeding & swelling. This is not due to a “rough cleaning” but to tender and inflamed gums from insufficient oral hygiene. We recommend a warm salt water rinse and/or Children’s
Tylenol, Advil, or Motrin as directed for the age of the child.