Tooth Trauma

Sometimes pediatric dental emergencies are unavoidable in children and you need emergency dental care. From falling and having a tooth knocked out, to chipping at tooth at recess, children can face many different types of dental emergencies. At Sala Family Dentistry, we value your children and will do our best to address any dental emergency you may have. Read below for an FAQ on dental incidents, and what you should do to help your child.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Pediatric Dental Emergencies

Find the tooth. Rinse it gently in cool water. DO NOT scrub it or use soap.
REPLACE THE TOOTH in the socket and hold it there with clean gauze or a washcloth. If you cannot put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container, preferably with cold milk. If milk is not available, put it in a container with the child’s saliva, but NOT IN WATER.
Take the child and the tooth to your pediatric dental office IMMEDIATELY or call the emergency number if it is after hours.
Contact your pediatric dentist IMMEDIATELY. Fast action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment.
Rinse the mouth with WATER AND APPLY COLD COMPRESSES to reduce swelling.
If you can find the broken tooth fragment, it is important to BRING IT IN.
Contact your pediatric dentist as soon as possible. Quick action can lessen a child’s discomfort and prevent infection.
Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling.
NEVER or attempt to place the tooth back into the socket. This will cause damage to the developing permanent tooth.
Wear a MOUTH GUARD when activity involves a risk of falls, collisions or contact with hard surfaces or equipment.
Pre-formed mouth guards can be purchased in sporting goods stores, or CUSTOMIZED MOUTH GUARDS can be made by a pediatric dentist.

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