In An Emergency
Dental emergencies can be frightening, especially if you aren’t sure the proper course of action.
Below, you’ll find answers to the most common dental emergencies. Of course if you have any questions, we encourage you to call our office to speak with one of our team members – 513.376.8200.
Clean the affected tooth and surrounding area by rinsing the mouth with warm water. Use floss to remove any food that could be impacted and causing the ache. Give your child over-the-counter oral analgesics.
If the pain persists, call Dr. Callen. If you notice any swelling of the face apply a cold compress and immediately contact Dr. Callen. It’s important that you do not place aspirin on the site of the toothache.
- Bitten or Cut Tongue, Lip or Cheek
Ice the areas surrounding the injuries in order to minimize swelling. If bleeding, use cloth or gauze to apply firm yet gentle pressure to the injury site. If bleeding persists, contact Dr. Callen or visit your local hospital emergency room.
- Permanent Tooth Knocked Out
Find the tooth if at all possible. When handling the tooth, hold it by the crown and not the root. If dirty, rinse the tooth with water ONLY. Do NOT try to clean the tooth using soap, and do not scrub or otherwise handle the tooth unnecessarily.
Make an effort to reinsert the tooth into the tooth socket. Then hold the tooth steady by biting on it with gauze, napkin or towel. If it is impossible for you to insert the tooth into the socket, place the tooth in a cup of milk to transport it. If no milk is available, have your child spit in a cup and transport it in the saliva.
It’s important that the patient see the dentist AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Time is of the essence, and quick action can mean the difference between saving the tooth and losing it. Don’t forget to bring the tooth!
- Baby Tooth Knocked Out
Contact Dr. Callen if your child knocks out a baby tooth. Many times, this is not an emergency and treatment is not necessary.
- Chipping or Fracturing of a Permanent Tooth
Contact Dr. Callen immediately. Acting quickly can save the tooth, reduce the risk of infection and decrease the possibility of additional dental treatment.
Rinse the mouth with water and use cold compresses to decrease any swelling. If you are able to find any tooth fragments, save these and bring them to the dentist with you.
- Chipping or Fracturing of a Baby Tooth
Contact Dr. Callen to discuss treatment options and determine need for urgent care.
- Severe Blow to the Head
Take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room immediately.
- Possible Broken or Fractured Jaw
Prevent the jaw from moving and transport your child to the nearest hospital emergency room immediately.