We will make every effort to see your child as soon as possible in the event of a dental emergency. Begin by staying calm and acting promptly, knowing that mouth, teeth, and facial injuries are very common in children.
Before calling our office, do two things. First, assess whether the child has lost consciousness even for a moment. If so, see a physician immediately, before tending to the mouth. Second, try to stop any bleeding with a moist, clean washcloth or gauze and check for missing or broken teeth.
If there is a missing or broken permanent tooth, try to find it and gently rinse dirt from it (don’t scrub), and from the area around the break. Add a cold compress to the area to help with swelling of the lip or face. Try to replace the tooth in the socket and have the child hold it in place by closing the mouth on the cloth or gauze. If this is not possible, place the tooth in a cup of milk or cool water. If a baby tooth is missing, don’t worry about saving it.
Dr. Martinez may ask you to send her a photo of the injury to help assess the situation as quickly as possible.