Injuries to the mouth and face happen often.
Dental emergencies are common, especially in young, active lives, and we promise to do our best to alleviate the situation. If your child experiences a true dental emergency such as trauma or severe pain (unable to eat, sleep or remain active) please call us immediately. If it is after hours, please dial our emergency line at (813) 969 0999. If you need immediate attention, please call 911.
Knocked Out Primary Tooth
Please do not put the tooth back into your child’s mouth. In most cases no treatment is necessary, but your child should still be seen at the office to ensure that no other teeth, the jawbone or tissues around the mouth have been injured.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
Your child must see our dentist immediately. Time is a critical factor in trying to save the tooth. Do not handle the tooth by the root; instead, hold it by the crown. Rinse the tooth with warm water, and place it back into its socket. Have your child hold the tooth in place. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, place the tooth in a cup of your child’s saliva or milk and bring it with you to the office.
Rinse the area with water and place an ice compress on the area injured. Call our office immediately so that our dentists can further assess the injuries and prevent infection.
Often times, toothaches are a byproduct of unseen or untreated tooth decay. Have your child rinse the area with warm water, and use dental floss to remove any dislodged food from between the teeth. If your child’s face is swollen, apply a cold compress. Give your child Children’s Tylenol or Ibuprofen to alleviate the pain, and visit our office as soon as possible. Please note: face swelling can be signs of a tooth infection, and it could be a life-threatening situation. We recommend you see a doctor or go to the hospital’s emergency room immediately.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek
If your child is bleeding, use a clean cloth or gauze to apply firm (but gentle) pressure to the area. If the bleeding does not stop within the next 10 to 15 minutes, please go to the hospital’s emergency room. Be sure to add a cold compress to help control the swelling. Make an appointment with our office to further assess the teeth, jawbone and surrounding tissues.
Most accidents cannot be anticipated, but remember to have your child wear a mouthguard during physical activity/sports, and prevent unnecessary toothaches with regular visits to the dentist.