Dental Emergencies For KidsLife can come at us very quickly, how well things turn out often depends on our good judgment and quick thinking. When a dental emergency happens the last thing that you should have to worry about is where to take your kids. At Crafton Dental, we are passionate about patient education to ensure that in instances like these you will feel confident in your actions. In the event of a dental emergency for you or your child, please call us immediately at (410) 381-5030. We will do our very best to assist you quickly and effectively. Remember, we encourage you to bring your child in at around the age of one so that they have a safe and familiar place to come in case of a dental emergency.
Primary (Baby) Tooth
If something unfortunate happens to one of your kid’s baby teeth, we would like to encourage you to bring them in to see us right away. Anytime you are handling a tooth, grip it by the crown (chewing end) and avoid touching any of the broken ends of the tooth. To transport it to our office, place it in a container with some milk as this is much better than a dry container, or a container filled with water. Baby teeth are important and shouldn’t be ignored if damaged.
A baby tooth should never be placed back into the mouth of the child because of choking hazard; an adult tooth should be placed back into the mouth for transport to our office. Placing a broken or avulsed (knocked out) tooth back into the socket or space between the gum and lip can help to preserve it while you make your way to our office or the emergency room. A container filled with milk is another form of acceptable transportation for the tooth.
If you feel that the emergency is serious enough, or if our office is not available, please call 911 or drive to an emergency room immediately.
A quick rinse with warm water will help to keep the area clean. A cold compress is a good idea to help keep swelling down on the way to our office. Try to see us as quickly as you can as waiting can result in damage to the tooth.
Bitten Tongue of Lip
Clean the area with warm water and a cloth. Place a cold compress on the site and wait for the bleeding to slow. If bleeding doesn’t stop within a short period, please give us a call and come in.
Objects Caught Between Teeth
We have all experienced the discomfort of having something get stuck between our teeth. Although this does not normally constitute an emergency, it can be quite annoying! Try to remove the object with some floss and if that doesn’t work, come in, and we will remove it for you.
Treat discomfort with an over the counter pain medication according to the dosing instructions and bring your child into see us as this could be the sign of a more serious issue.
Please call us today at (410) 381-5030 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you smile!