When an emergency occurs, it’s essential to seek treatment as soon as possible. A quick response can help our doctors save the tooth, if possible, and reduce the risk of more extensive dental care.
Dental emergencies can include:
If you fracture a tooth, then gather any fragments you can find and store them in a clean container of milk or saliva of the child that lost the tooth. Never use water to transport a broken or knocked-out tooth. You must visit the dentist immediately to prevent infection and other complications brought on by chipped or knocked-out teeth. If the tooth is knocked out, only touch the crown of the tooth and not the root. The dentist will be able to repair your child’s tooth or fix it with a crown.
If you experience a cut on their tongue, cheek, or lip, bleeding can usually be stopped by applying clean gauze to the affected area. You can also apply ice to the site to help stop the bleed. If you cannot stop the bleeding, call our office or visit the emergency room. If you have an open oral wound for a long period of time, they can be susceptible to infection.
If you have a toothache, then have them rinse their mouth with warm water to ease the pain. If the pain persists for more than 24 hours, contact Berkeley Family Dentistry. Persistent toothaches can indicate more serious problems that need to be observed by a dental professional.