Dental emergencies can occur at any time or age. At Children's Dental Specialists of Lake County, we want you to be prepared for any dental emergency, and we are always willing to help care for your child’s oral health. In the case of an after-hours emergency, however, follow the following tips:
Chipped, Broken or Fractured Tooth
Find and keep any bits of the broken or fractured tooth that have come off. Next, gently wash your child’s mouth with warm water, carefully rinsing the damaged area. You can also keep a cold compress on the injury to reduce swelling as you head to the clinic or emergency room.
Find the tooth if possible, but do not pick it up by the root. Handle it by the crown, or the part of the tooth that appears above the gumline. Gently wash the tooth with low-pressure water. If a permanent tooth is knocked out, try putting it back in the socket. If it goes in, firmly hold it in place with a clean cloth. If the tooth will not go into the socket, put it in a glass of milk and immediately bring it and your child to our dental office.
Object Lodged in the Teeth
Use dental floss to dislodge something that is caught between the teeth. Do not use anything else, such as a tool made of metal or plastic, or a tool with a sharp point. If floss doesn’t work, call us.
Potential Broken Jaw
If you believe that your child may have broken jaw, apply a cold compress to help minimize inflammation. Then, immediately take your child to the emergency room.
If your child experiences a dental emergency in Mentor, Ohio, our dentists, Dr. Richards and Dr. Miller, can help. Please contact Children's Dental Specialists of Lake County at (440)266-1740 to make your appointment.