Dental emergencies, including broken or knocked-out teeth, happen in busy families with active kids.
If you have a dental emergency in Meridian or the surrounding communities, Cherry Lane Kids Dentistry is here for you and your family. Our pediatric dentists know how to act quickly to save a damaged tooth and relieve the pain your child experiences after an accident or sports injury.
Broken or Chipped Teeth
A broken or chipped a tooth can result from an accident or injury, or from doing any one of the many things that kids are prone to do. Act quickly to minimize any potential long-term damage, as broken teeth often include trauma to the tooth root or nerve, as well as the surrounding gum tissue.
Have your child rinse their mouth with warm water, then apply ice to the face at the location of the damage to minimize swelling. You can give kids a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug to relieve pain and help keep the inflammation to a minimum.
Call for a dental emergency appointment, and when you come in, bring any pieces of tooth you are able to locate.
When extreme pain strikes suddenly, the dental emergency may be related to abscess or infection. This pain may be in the gums or a specific tooth, or it may be a more generalized pain.
Because abscess and infection can quickly spread through your child’s body, it is imperative to call for an appointment right away. Treatment typically consists of giving kids a course of antibiotics to get the swelling, pain and infection under control.
One of our pediatric dentists can then identify the cause of the pain and recommend appropriate treatment.
Avulsion, otherwise known as a knocked-out tooth, can be treated in many cases, and the tooth saved.
How? Find the tooth, rinse it gently with warm water and put it back in the socket. Your child can hold it in place using gauze or a clean washcloth. If you cannot keep the tooth in the socket, place it in a sealable container (such as a small jar or storage container) with enough milk or warm saltwater to cover it. Be careful not to touch the root or any soft tissue on the avulsed tooth.
If the avulsed tooth is a permanent tooth, call Cherry Lane Kids Dentistry for an emergency appointment. If you can’t get to our office, go to an urgent care or emergency room for treatment. This will provide the best chance of saving the tooth.
If it was a primary (baby) tooth, emergency treatment may not be necessary. Regardless, contact us for an appointment as soon as possible.
Other Dental Emergencies in Meridian, Idaho
Other types of dental emergencies include losing a crown or filling, getting objects lodged in the gums or teeth and biting through the lip or tongue.
For items lodged in the gums or between teeth, you can try using dental floss to remove it. If that fails, make an appointment to come in. Do not use any sharp or potentially damaging implements to try to remove the item.
For a bite-related injury, lightly rinse the wound with water, apply gauze and ice the area to reduce swelling. If the bleeding does not stop or if the injury appears significant enough to require stitches, take your child to the ER.
For a lost crown or filling, find the restoration and secure it in an envelope so you can bring it with you when you come in. Make sure your child does not eat with the affected side of the mouth until you can come in for an appointment.
For help with all your pediatric dental emergencies, contact Cherry Lane Kids Dentistry in Meridian, Idaho.