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Emergency Care From Your Bloomfield Dentist

Dental emergencies can be frightening and stressful. Adding to that stress, many dental emergencies require immediate attention for optimal care. At Family Dental Practice of Bloomfield, we know that emergencies don’t always happen during our office hours. That’s why we’re here 24/7 to help you through any dental disaster. Next time you have a broken, chipped, or knocked out tooth, abscess, soft tissue injury, broken jaw, or other dental emergency, call our emergency number to reach one of our experienced dental practitioners. Below are some simple strategies to assist you in dealing with a dental emergency.

Pediatric Dental Emergencies

An emergency is always difficult, but when a young child is involved, that emergency can go from bad to worse. The first thing to remember when your child is dealing with a dental emergency is remain calm and assess the situation. No matter how much you may tend to panic, your child will be more at ease if you keep your cool. Offer your child immediate first aid as outlined in the situations below, but above all, try to provide comfort and reassurance. There’s no dental disaster we can’t fix at Family Dental Practice of Bloomfield. Keep calm and give us a call.

Bitten Lip or Tongue

If your child has bitten his lip or tongue severely enough to cause bleeding, clean the bite gently with water and use a cold compress (a cold, wet towel or washcloth pressed firmly against the area) to reduce or avoid swelling. Give us a call to help determine how serious the bite is.

Object Caught In Teeth

If your child has something caught between his teeth, use dental floss to gently remove it. Never use a metal, plastic, or sharp tool to remove a stuck object. If you are unable to remove the item with dental floss, give us a call.

Broken, Chipped, or Fractured Tooth

If your child has chipped or broken a tooth, have him rinse his mouth with warm water and then use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Try to locate and save the tooth fragment that broke off. Call us immediately.

Knocked Out Tooth

If your child's tooth has been knocked out of his mouth, find the tooth and rinse it with water (no soap), taking care to only touch the crown of the tooth (the part you can see when it's in place). If you can, place the tooth back in its socket and hold it in place with a clean towel or cloth. If you can't return the tooth to its socket, place it in a clean container with milk. In either case, call us immediately and/or head to the hospital. If you act quickly, it's possible to save the tooth.

Loose Tooth

If your child has a very loose tooth, it should be removed to avoid being swallowed or inhaled.

Toothache

If your child complains of a toothache, rinse his mouth with warm water and inspect his teeth to be sure there is nothing caught between them. If pain continues, use a cold compress to ease the pain. Do not apply heat or any kind of aspirin or topical pain reliever directly on the affected area, because this can cause damage to the gums. Children's pain relievers may be taken orally. Schedule an appointment immediately.

Broken Jaw

If you know or suspect your child has sustained a broken jaw, use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Call our emergency number and/or head to the hospital immediately. In many cases, a broken jaw is the result of a blow to the head. Severe blows to the head can be dangerous and even life-threatening.

Avoiding Injury

You can help your child avoid dental emergencies. Childproof your house to avoid falls. Don't let your child chew on ice, popcorn kernels, or other hard foods. Always use car seats for young children and require seat belts for older children. And if your child plays contact sports, have him wear a mouthguard. Ask us about creating a custom-fitted mouthguard for your child. Finally, prevent toothaches with regular brushing, flossing, and visits to our office.