Dental Emergencies

If your child suffers a blow to the head or any other life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or visit your nearest emergency room to rule out more serious problems before visiting the dentist. If your child experiences a dental emergency, call us immediately. Dr. Kailey and her staff are always here to remedy your child’s dental discomfort. Here are some tips for dealing with urgent dental situations:
Lip, Tongue, or Cheek Injury
If your child experiences trauma to the lips, gums, or cheek, apply a cold compress to the area. Inspect the mouth to see if any teeth are loose or broken. If a tooth is fractured, make your best effort to locate the broken tooth fragment.

Give MOTRIN® or TYLENOL® to reduce inflammation or pain. Call our office to see if an appointment is needed.
Facial Swelling
If you notice facial swelling or a swollen cheek, call our office immediately. Facial swelling can become a medical emergency. If the swelling approaches the eye or affects your child’s ability to swallow, breath, or speak, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
If your child reports a toothache, please give us a call. Before calling, it is helpful if you ask him or her the following questions:
1Where does it hurt? (Have them point with their finger)

2 What things cause it to hurt?

3 How long has it been hurting?
If the tooth hurts spontaneously or wakes your child from sleep they may need an immediate appointment.
Knocked-Out Tooth
Knocking out a PERMANENT tooth is a dental emergency. Do not touch the root of the tooth and put the tooth in COLD MILK as soon as possible to help preserve the cells on the root. Call our office immediately. The tooth can be saved and put back into the mouth if your child can make it to our office within a few hours. The sooner we can reimplant the tooth, the better the outcome.

If your child knocks out a BABY tooth, we cannot reimplant it. If the tooth were put back in, it could damage the developing permanent tooth. Rinse your child’s mouth and have them apply constant pressure with gauze or a washcloth. Find the tooth and get them excited about the tooth fairy. We hear the tooth fairy is extra generous with an unexpected tooth loss.
Broken Tooth
If your child breaks a tooth, find the broken piece and call our office. If you find the broken fragment, we can reattach the tooth fragment to make the tooth whole. If you are unable to locate the fragment, Dr. Kailey will rebuild the tooth by hand using color-matched tooth-colored materials to make the tooth look like new.