If your child has a dental emergency, such as a broken or knocked-out tooth, AOMS Pediatric Dentistry can help. Our Amarillo office is located in a top-of-the-line oral surgery center where we can safely restore and repair knocked-out or broken teeth.
When teeth are broken or knocked out, it’s important to act quickly for the best chances of replacement. Contact our office if your child has a dental emergency, and we will make room in our schedule for cases that require immediate attention. For very serious injuries, you may need to go to a hospital. To help you feel as prepared as possible for a dental emergency, we’ve provided some helpful information about how to handle certain tooth injuries such as knocked-out teeth, broken teeth, and cuts inside the mouth.
What do I do if my child falls and knocks out a permanent tooth?
Try to stay calm; doing so can help your child remain calm, too. Find the tooth and pick it up by the chewing edge only. Never touch or clean off the root of the tooth, which has tissues attached that are important for reinsertion.
If the tooth is clean, try to reinsert it into the tooth socket, and have your child hold it in place with a clean piece of cloth or gauze. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, either because it is broken or dirty, place the tooth in a container of whole milk, saliva, or plain water and bring it to our office immediately. The sooner you see a dentist, the better the chances of saving the tooth. Contact our office before you arrive so that we can prepare to treat your child as quickly as possible.
What do I do if my child’s tooth is chipped or broken?
Chipped or broken teeth also require immediate attention, even if it is just a baby tooth. When a tooth is broken, bacteria can get inside the center of the tooth and cause infection. Bring the broken tooth shard, if you can find it, in a container of milk or saliva. Your pediatric dentist will either reattach the broken piece or use a composite material to restore the broken side and protect the tooth. It is important to clean your child’s mouth, specifically the site of injury. A warm saltwater rinse (one tbsp. of salt with one cup of water) applied with a cotton ball or towel or gently swished and spit out is helpful in cleaning the injury.
How can I treat a cut inside the mouth?
Cuts on the cheek, mouth, or lip can cause swelling, bleeding, and pain. Try to stop bleeding by applying pressure to the cut using a clean cloth or gauze. You can also try a cold, wet tea bag. Try not to let your child swallow too much blood, as this can make them sick. You should seek professional help if the bleeding does not stop on its own after 10 minutes of firm and steady pressure.
For any injury, it’s a good idea to use the following techniques to control swelling, pain, and bleeding:
- Apply pressure to bleeding areas using clean cloth or gauze.
- Use a cold compress to reduce swelling.
- Give your child the recommended dosage of a children’s pain reliever, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
Emergency Dental Care for Children at AOMS Pediatric Dentistry
Our office in Amarillo, TX, is unique in that we are located in an office with skilled oral and maxillofacial surgeons, who are trained in treating all sorts of facial trauma injuries, including tooth injuries, cuts, and even broken facial bones. If you encounter a dental emergency, contact our office right away, and we will do everything we can to see your child immediately.