If you are in need of urgent dental treatment after hours, our emergency phone number will be stated in our voicemail. We always hope a child never has to have these types of emergencies; however, by creating a well-known environment when it comes to dental visits, an emergency will be able to be dealt with much more easily. Through our own experiences, we have discovered that when a child is on a routine dental schedule, they tend to be understanding and cooperative during children’s dental emergency in Lake Worth.
Bitten Tongue or Lip
If your child has severely bitten their tongue or lip, do your best to clean the area with water and use a cold compress (either a cold, wet towel or ice pack pressed firmly against the area) to reduce swelling and ease the pain.
Something Stuck in Teeth
If your child has gotten something caught or stuck in their teeth, do not use plastic, metal or any sharp tool to remove the object. Simple use dental floss to gently extract it.
Broken, Chipped or Fractured Tooth
If your child has chipped or broken their tooth, make sure to find the broken fragment as we will be able to reattach it. Rinse your child’s mouth with warm water and call us immediately.
Tooth Knocked Out
If your child’s tooth has been knocked out, make sure to take the following steps carefully before calling us or heading to the hospital. Find the tooth and make sure to only touch the crown portion of the tooth. Rinse the tooth with fresh water, not soapy water and place it in a container with milk. If you are able to act promptly, the tooth could potentially be saved, and reinserted. If it is a baby tooth, we will not put the tooth back in.
If your child has a loose tooth, chances are they will have been playing with it and naturally loosening the tooth. However, it is also important the tooth is removed in a safe way in order to not be swallowed or inhaled. If need be, you can use a tissue paper to grip the tooth.
A Toothache or Dental Pain
If your child begins to complain of tooth pain, it is a good idea to make sure there is nothing stuck between the teeth first. You can do this by having them rinse their mouth out and inspect their teeth. If the pain continues, children’s Advil (Motrin) or Tylenol (Acetominophen) can be taken as directed. Any pain that wakes a child up during the night could indicate an infection. If so, book an appointment with our emergency pediatric dentist in Lake Worth FL.