Emergencies

Girl_2.jpgAt Dentistry for Children, Drs. Julia Schreiber and Benjamin Cumbus and their team are dedicated to providing pediatric dental care to children in a comfortable, friendly environment. We specialize in treating kids and patients with special needs. We know that the dentist can be scary for kids, which is why we work hard to build a trust with your child, making visits easier and less stressful.

Occasionally problems involving your children's teeth and oral health will come up. Our team has come up with guidelines for what to look out for when it comes to mouth injuries.

Call Our Office If…

In the case of an injury to the mouth, you will not always need the attention of a dentist. However, if a tooth is loosened and does not tighten up in 2-4 weeks, then we want to take a look at it. This is true whether it is a baby tooth or a permanent tooth. Similarly, if a tooth is sore or sensitive for more than 2-4 weeks after an injury, we should also take a look at it. Lastly, if you notice that a tooth is discolored or darkened, please call our office immediately. Note: if it is a baby tooth, wait about two months before calling because sometimes it just takes the tooth some time to lighten up.

Some Other Issues You May Have

Tooth Ache

In the event of a tooth ache, you'll need to come into the office as soon as possible. To relieve the pain temporarily:

  • Clean the surrounding area as well as you can.
  • Use a warm salt-water rinse in the mouth to remove any food particles.
  • If you are experiencing facial swelling, apply a cold compress.
  • For temporary relief, take acetaminophen. Do not take aspirin.
  • If symptoms continue, see a dentist as soon as possible.

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek

  • If bruised, apply cold compress.
  • If bleeding, apply firm pressure to area with sterile gauze until bleeding stops.
  • If bleeding continues for more than 15 minutes, consult emergency care.

Broken Braces or Wires

Remove a broken appliance only if it comes out easily. If it is lodged or painful to remove, cover any protruding edges with wax, cotton balls, gauze or chewing gum. DO NOT REMOVE any wire caught in the gums, cheek or tongue, and see a dentist or orthodontist immediately. Emergency attention is usually not required for loose or broken appliances that cause no discomfort.

Broken Tooth

In the case of a broken tooth, rinse the area around the tooth with warm water. Place a cold compress on the facial area around the injury. Try to recover any pieces of the broken tooth and seek immediate dental attention.

Loss of a Permanent

If your child loses a permanent tooth, you will need to see a dentist immediately. Keep the tooth and make sure to hold it by the crown (top), and not the root end. Rinse it, but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. If possible, reinsert the tooth into 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.

Injury to Jaw

In the event of a jaw injury, tie the mouth closed using a towel, tie or handkerchief wrapped around the head. Go to the emergency room immediately.

Bleeding After Removal of Baby Tooth

Place a piece of gauze tightly over the bleeding area and have your child bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes. If they are still bleeding, they'll need to see a dentist.

Cold or Canker Sore

Over-the-counter medications will usually provide temporary relief. If the sores persist, visit your doctor.

Contact Our Montgomery or Wetumpka Offices

If you have any questions or concerns about your child's teeth or need to schedule an appointment to see our doctors, please don't hesitate to contact us. Our friendly staff is always happy to help! We look forward to hearing from you!