Dental emergencies can be terrifying and traumatic, especially for children. However, they do tend to happen on occasion, which means you need to be prepared. If your child experiences a dental emergency, our North Texas Smiles dental team encourages you to do the following things:
-For a knocked-out tooth: If the tooth was knocked out of the mouth prematurely, keep the tooth as moist as possible. You can try putting the tooth back into place, but if you decide to do so, please do not force it and do not put it in backward. If you wish to try a different method, you can place the tooth in between your gums and cheeks or you can place the tooth in a glass of milk. Make sure to call our office and schedule an appointment as soon as you can.
-For a cracked tooth: Clean the tooth by rinsing the mouth with warm water. Then, ice outside the injured area to keep the swelling down. Cracks generally tend to harbor tooth decay after a while, which is why it’s best to treat it as soon as possible. So, feel free to call our office and schedule an appointment with your dentist when you get the chance.
-For a bitten lip or tongue: Gently wipe down the area and wash the blood away. Next, ice the lip or tongue to relieve pain and discomfort and to reduce swelling.
-For a toothache: First, rinse the mouth with warm water. Then, gently floss around the tooth to free any object that might be causing the pain. Please do not place a pain pill directly onto the tooth or gums.
-For an object stuck between teeth: Try to remove the object with dental floss. If this does not work or if you do not have dental floss, please do not try to remove the object with a sharp or pointed tool.
If you have any questions or if you would like to learn more about what to do in a dental emergency in Fort Worth, Texas, please call our office today at 817-732-9341 and talk to Dr. Justin Warcup or a member of our dental team. The sooner you call us the sooner we’ll be able to help you!