What should I do if my child has a dental emergency?
Dr. Poplin and our team will make it a priority to take care of you if you have a dental emergency. If it’s during business hours, a caring member of our team will make arrangements to see you as soon as possible.
A dental emergency that involves your child can be stressful and unnerving for both of you. Your main concern is to make sure your child gets relief while being cared for by compassionate professionals. Our goal is to do everything we can to make sure your child gets the care they need as soon as possible.
Toothache: Cleanse the affected area of the tooth. Rinse the mouth carefully with warm water or try gently using dental floss to remove any food that may be stuck between teeth. If the pain still continues, please give us a call. Do not place aspirin or heat on the gum or on the aching tooth. If there is any swelling of the face, cold compresses can be applied. Please call your dentist or physician immediately.
Chipped or Broken Permanent Tooth: Call Poplin Pediatric Dentistry as soon as possible. Immediate action can save the tooth if it is a severe break. Carefully rinse with water and apply a cold compress to minimize swelling. If you can, find and save broken tooth fragments and bring them with you to our office.
Knocked-Out Permanent Tooth: If possible, find the tooth. Handle it by the crown, not by the root. You may rinse the tooth with water only. DO NOT try to clean the tooth with soap or to handle it unnecessarily. Check the tooth for any breaks, and if it’s intact, try to gently place it back in the socket and hold it in place by gently biting on gauze. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, put the tooth in a cup with milk or the patient’s saliva. Getting to the dentist immediately is essential for preventing loss of the tooth.
Cut Lip, Cheek, or Tongue: Place a cold compress on the injured area to help reduce swelling. If there is any bleeding, apply gentle but firm pressure with a piece of gauze or cloth. If you cannot control the bleeding with simple pressure, call your doctor or visit an emergency room.
Baby Tooth Knocked Out, Fractured, or Chipped: You should NOT try to place the tooth back in its socket. This is not usually a severe emergency and treatment usually is not necessary, but please call our office and let us know. If your child has fractured or chipped a tooth, contact us as soon as possible to see if treatment is necessary.
Possible Broken or Fractured Jaw: Stabilize the jaw so it does not move and take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room.
Severe Blow to the Head: Take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room immediately. Any head trauma should be evaluated prior to any dental evaluation.
If it is during business hours, a caring member of our team will make arrangements to see you as soon as possible. For after-hour emergencies, please call our main number and you will hear instructions for getting in touch with Dr. Poplin or one of our doctors who is on call.
Dental emergencies are very common with children. Our team is highly experienced in dealing with these types of situations, and we can assure you that your child’s comfort is our top priority.
Waiting until your child is in pain is not just bad for their dental health. It also plants the idea that visits to the dentist hurt. We encourage you to keep up with regular dental visits so that your child gets used to seeing us under positive circumstances.
If it’s time for your child’s next dental exam, please contact our Austin dental office to schedule a convenient appointment.