Emergencies

Toothache

Make sure to clean the area around the tooth and have your child rinse with warm salt water.  You can give your child acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain or discomfort.  In cases of swelling apply a cold compress directly to the affected area and give our office a call.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

Locate the tooth and pick it up by the chewing surface, being careful not to touch the root.  Rinse the tooth (with water only and do not scrub) and attempt to reinsert it into your child’s mouth into the empty socket.  If you are able to reinsert it, have your child hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean piece or cloth or gauze and call our office immediately.  If you cannot reinsert the tooth (or if it is dirty or broken), put the tooth in a glass of milk and call our office immediately.  If you cannot reach us please take your child to another dental office as soon as possible as time is of the essence in saving the tooth!

Knocked Out Baby Tooth

Do not attempt to reinsert the baby tooth in your child's mouth due to possible damage of the developing permanent tooth.  If the area is bleeding have your child bite down on a tea bag. Give our office a call.

Chipped/Broken Tooth

Contact our office immediately to reduce the chance of infection or extensive dental treatment in the future.  If you are able to locate the piece(s) of broken tooth, put it in a glass of milk and bring it to the office.

Blow to the Head

Take your child to the nearest hospital or emergency room or call 911

Injury to the Jaw

Take your child to the nearest hospital or emergency room or call 911

***If your child is a patient of record and has a dental emergency after hours, please call our office at (803) 228-0525 and press 1 to reach a member of our staff.***

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