While dental emergencies are rare, accidents happen. Don’t panic – Coulter & Casper Pediatric Dentistry is right here in your Washington, D.C. neighborhood to help you when emergencies arise.
IN THE CASE OF AN EMERGENCY, IF YOUR CHILD IS IN PAIN, OR FOR INQUIRIES REGARDING EXISTING APPOINTMENTS, PLEASE CALL US AT 202-902-8786.
We are here to help you. When your dental health is at risk, we’ll do everything we can to make sure that you’re treated as soon as possible. While dental emergencies are rare, they can happen, and it’s important to know how to take care of your teeth no matter what. Dr. Charlie is always happy to talk with you. Please reach out on the emergency line.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY CHILD FALLS AND KNOCKS OUT A PERMANENT TOOTH?
First step – remain calm. Simply, locate the tooth that has been knocked out and only handle it by its chewing surface. Be mindful to not touch the root of the tooth. If the tooth is not dirty or broken, try to reinsert it into the empty socket in your child’s mouth, and do not attempt to clean the tooth. If you can successfully reinsert the tooth into the socket, have your child hold the tooth in place by biting down on a clean piece of cloth or gauze and come directly to our office.
If the tooth is dirty or broken, or you cannot reinsert the tooth, place the tooth in a glass of milk to preserve it. Bring your child and the tooth to our office immediately.
CHIPPED OR BROKEN TOOTH
Even if the damaged tooth is a baby tooth, head to our office immediately. Once a tooth is chipped or broken, bacteria can enter the tooth’s pulp or nerve, resulting in an infection. Our dentists will evaluate the damage and will need to seal the enamel to keep out bacteria and infection.
In some cases, we can reattach the broken piece in our office. Place the piece of broken tooth in a glass of milk to preserve the tooth and bring it with you.
If the area is bleeding, apply direct pressure on the bleeding area using a clean cloth or gauze. Use a cold compress to reduce swelling (a popsicle works well). Give your child an appropriate dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen to ease any pain and discomfort.
CUT/BITTEN TONGUE, LIP OR CHEEK
Biting or cutting your tongue, lip, or cheek can lead to bleeding, swelling and discomfort. To provide relief to the cut or bitten area, apply direct pressure to the wound to stop any bleeding. If you notice any swelling, apply a cold compress, like an ice pack wrapped in a towel or even a popsicle. Give your child acetaminophen or ibuprofen to ease any pain or discomfort.
Toothaches are uncomfortable for anyone, especially a child with a growing mouth. If your child is experiencing a toothache, have them rinse with their mouth with warm salt water to soothe the ache. If you notice any swelling, apply a cold compress to the affected area, and give your child acetaminophen or ibuprofen to ease any pain or discomfort. Even if the pain subsides, visit our office as soon as possible to rule out any problems.