If your child has had a traumautic injury with signs of concussion (loss consciousness, nausea, vommiting, disorentation, or memory loss) please take your child to the emergency room immediately
For primary (baby) teeth: Baby teeth are not re-implanted as complications usually occur. Contact Dr. Laura to have your child examined as other injuries could have occurred. Long term follow up with Dr. Laura is necessary as there is always a chance that the developing permanent tooth could be damaged during the injury.
For permanent teeth: Find the tooth. Handle the tooth by the crown, not root. If the tooth is dirty, gently rinse it in cold water, but DO NOT scrub or handle the root unnecessarily. Try to replace the tooth into the socket. Have the child hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean washcloth. If it is not possible to replace the tooth, place the tooth in a cup of cold milk. Call us immediately. Time is important for saving the tooth.
Gently clean or rinse with warm water. Place a cold compress on the face in the area of injury to minimize lip or facial swelling. Contact our office to have the tooth evaluated. If you can find the broken tooth fragment, please bring it with you.
Clean the area of the affected tooth thoroughly. Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm water and use dental floss to dislodge impacted food or debris, contact our office to have the tooth evaluated.
Prevent dental emergencies!
- Reduce the chance of oral injury in sports by wearing mouth guards.
- Always use a car seat for young children, require seat belts for everyone else in the car.
- Childproof your home to prevent falls, electrical injuries, and choking on small objects.
- Protect your child from unnecessary toothaches with regular dental visits and preventive care.
When a child begins to participate in recreational activities and organized sports injuries can occur. A properly fitted mouthguard is an important piece of athletic gear that can help protect your child’s smile, and should be used during any activity that could result in a blow to the face or mouth. Mouthguards help prevent broken teeth, and injuries to the lips, tongue, face or jaw. A properly fitted mouth guard should stay in place while your child is wearing it, making it easy for them to talk and breathe. Ask our team about custom and store-bought mouth protectors.
Please contact us as soon as possible should you break or loosen any of your appliances. If you already have an appointment scheduled please call and let us know that you will need a repair during this visit.
Soreness Or Discomfort
Often there may be an adaptation period after getting braces or receiving an adjustment during which you may experience some soreness. Wax and ibuprofen are helpful in easing any discomfort.
Loose Or Broken Bracket
If you experience a loose bracket please contact our office as soon as possible. If your loose bracket remains attached to the wire leave it in place and use wax to ease any discomfort. Should the bracket come completely off please bring it to your appointment.
Loose, Poking, Or Broken Wire
A wire may poke your into your gum or cheek and cause discomfort. If you experience a loose wire contact our office and place wax over it in order to soothe your discomfort until you can be seen in our office.