If your child experiences a dental emergency during normal business please call us at 309-690-3368 or 309-694-3368. If your child is a patient at Just Kidz Dentistry and experiences a dental emergency after hours please call 309-690-3368 or 309-694-3368 and listen to the instructions for the on call doctor. Accidents happen, and knowing what to do when one occurs can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth. Here are some tips for common dental emergencies:
For a knocked-out adult tooth, call our office immediately. Place the tooth in milk (not water) and bring it to the office as soon as possible.
For a knocked-out baby tooth, call our office immediately. Do not try to place the tooth back into the mouth.
For toothaches, call our office right away. Dental pain is often an indicator of another serious dental infection that needs attention. If the tooth also has significant swelling of the face go to the nearest emergency department as soon as possible.
Chipped a tooth (Fracture)
Call our office immediately! Fractures that extend to the pulp of the tooth need immediate attention. Chipped teeth can also be painful and should be treated with urgency.
Bumped a tooth (Concussion/Luxation)
If the tooth does not feel loose it is important to come in for an exam to see if the injury has caused significant impact on the future of the tooth. If the tooth IS loose it is especially important to come in for treatment to allow the tooth the best opportunity to heal.
Here are some simple precautions you can take to avoid accident and injury to the teeth:
- Wear a mouth guard when participating in sports or recreational activities.
- Avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels and hard candy, all of which can crack a tooth.
- Use scissors, NEVER your teeth, to cut things.
- Most dentists reserve time in their daily schedules for emergency patients. Call your dentist and provide as much detail as possible about your condition.