There are a few things a parent can do to evaluate the emergency and make your child more comfortable.
The first thing to remember is to stay calm. Injuries to the mouth, face and teeth happen frequently in children. Remaining calm and taking prompt action will help minimize the damaging effects of the injury, and lessen your child’s discomfort.
Second, assess whether or not your child’s injury involved hitting the head causing them to lose consciousness even for a brief moment. If this is the case, your child should see a physician immediately. Worry about the mouth and teeth later. Third, try to stop any bleeding with a clean washcloth or gauze. As you do this, check for broken teeth and/or missing teeth. If there are missing teeth, look for them.
Gently clean or rinse dirt from the area around the break. Place a cold compress on the face in the area of the broken tooth to minimize lip or facial swelling. If the fracture is more that one-half of the tooth, call the dentist immediately. If it is a permanent tooth, try to find the broken piece and bring it to the office with you.
For primary (baby) teeth- Teeth are not re-implanted. The tooth fairy will be at work prematurely.
We reserve time every day for emergency care. After scheduled office hours, call the office. The answering machine will give you the phone number to reach Dr. Ward.