PEDIATRIC DENTAL EMERGENCIES
Smile Island Dental Group is available any time your child has a dental emergency. During our hours of operation, you may call the office at 916-773-6565, and our staff will find an appropriate time for your child to be seen. For after hour emergencies, call the office line, and you will be directed to a representative who will advise you of your next steps. If indicated, they will contact our emergency on call doctor. For instances that require immediate intervention, our doctor will meet you at our office to complete the treatment necessary. Below are some examples of emergencies and helpful hints of what to do.
If the face is swollen because of a tooth infection, it could be a life-threatening situation and your child needs to go to a hospital emergency room immediately. Place a cold compress on the face until you can see a doctor. Call our office for an emergency appointment to evaluate where the infection is and how to treat it.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek
If there is bleeding, apply firm yet gentle pressure to the area with a clean cloth or gauze. If you cannot get the bleeding to stop after fifteen minutes, go the hospital emergency room. Apply a cold compress to swollen or bruised areas. Make sure your child is comfortable and calm. Call our office for an appointment to assess any injury to teeth, jawbone or tissues around the mouth.
Bleeding After Baby Tooth Falls Out
Have your child bite on a clean folded cloth or gauze for fifteen minutes and make sure he/she is resting. Repeat this if necessary.
Knocked Out Baby Tooth
Baby teeth should NOT be put back into the mouth because it may damage the growing permanent tooth. Your child still needs to be seen at the office to find out if any other teeth, jawbone or tissues around the mouth are injured.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
Contact a dentist immediately. Time is a critical factor in saving a permanent tooth. Find the tooth and gently rinse off any dirt with room temperature water. Hold the tooth by the crown, not the root, and do not scrub it. Place the tooth into its socket and have your child hold the tooth in place. If you are not able to reinsert the tooth, put it in a cup with milk or water and bring it to the dentist.
Rinse dirt from the injured area with warm water. Place a cold compress over the face in the area of the injury to reduce swelling. Call our office immediately to assess further injuries, prevent infection and repair the tooth.
Check the tooth to see if there is any food trapped inside or around it. Brush and floss the area thoroughly.
Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm salt water and try to dislodge any debris. Give the appropriate dose of pain relief medication and call the office to make an appointment.
Cold / Canker Sores
Many children occasionally suffer from cold sores around the lips and canker sores inside the mouth. These sores usually take seven to fourteen days to heal. There are products at your local pharmacy that will help relieve the pain. Please let us know if these sores occur often or last longer than usual. Some serious diseases may begin as sores and need prescription medications.
Most Common Causes of Injury to Teeth
Most tooth injuries commonly occur from bathtubs, hard-surfaced floors, tables, stairs, swimming pools, play structures, bicycle and skateboard riding, trampoline, contact sports, and baseball. Professionally fitted mouth guards can prevent injuries to the teeth and are offered by our office. Please refer to our page regarding Mouth Protectors.