Locate and save any tooth fragments. Have the child rinse his/her mouth with warm water to remove any debris from the tooth. If there’s bleeding apply gauze to the area for about 10 minutes then apply cold compress to the outside area of the mouth to keep the swelling down. Call our office during business hours at 804-893-8715 or go to St Mary’s Emergency Department after hours for care where a Bon Secours pediatric dentist will meet you.
Dislodged or Displaced Permanent Tooth
Locate the tooth if knocked out of the jaw, hold tooth by the crown (part of the tooth you chew with – not the pointed part which is the root), and rinse the tooth with milk or contact/saline solution. If you feel comfortable, try to replace the tooth in the jaw tooth socket and have your child hold the tooth while biting down. If you can not replace the tooth or feel uncomfortable doing so place the tooth in cool milk or saline while in route to the emergency department. If the tooth is displaced but remaining in or attached to the socket do not attempt to reposition the tooth. Time is critical and the best chance for a favorable outcome is within an hour, so arrive at the St Mary’s Emergency Department as soon as possible where a Bon Secours pediatric dentist will meet you.
Cut or chewed Tongue, Lip or Cheek
If bleeding is noticed, hold gentle pressure to area with gauze for about 10 minutes. Apply a cool pack to injured areas for pain relief. If you require a doctor, call our office during business hours at 804-893-8715 or take your child to the St Mary’s Emergency Department after hours where a Bon Secours pediatric dentist will meet you.