Accidents never happen when you expect them to, so there will be times when you need help and you don't have an appointment. When life happens to your teeth, you need immediate responsiveness and attentiveness. We accept emergency visits for conditions that we can treat in our office. If there are any reasons why we can't serve you in the time you need, we will do our best to direct you to timely, effective care.
Toothaches that are accompanied by fever and malaise should never be taken lightly. If your child has a tooth infection or dental abscess, then you need to arrange treatment immediately. When left alone for too long, a tooth infection can become a life-threatening situation because the infection can spread to the rest of the body. Gargling with salt water several times a day can help alleviate the infection, but don't wait to get treatment, which can involve antibiotics or even a tooth extraction.
When it comes to saving a tooth that has been knocked out, minutes matter. Pick your lost tooth up by the top and be careful not to touch its root. Rinse the tooth with clean water and don't scrub it. Though it may be painful, you can try putting the tooth back in its socket. If this isn't an option, place your tooth in a clean container filled with milk. Call us and make arrangements for an emergency visit as soon as possible so you can maximize the chances of reattaching your tooth.
Cracked or Chipped Teeth
It's common to fracture or chip parts of the teeth when you're an active kid. In the case of a chipped or cracked tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water. Then, apply a cold compress to the part of your face that is in pain. Over the counter pain medications should suffice until you can get an appointment to resolve the issue, but avoid numbing gels because they can damage your gums.