Clean the area of the affected tooth. Rinse the mouth thoroughly with warm water or use dental floss to dislodge any food that may be impacted. If the pain still exists, contact your dentist. Do not place aspirin or heat on the gum or on the aching tooth. If the face is swollen, apply cold compresses and contact our office immediately.
Apply ice to injured areas to help control swelling. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a gauze or cloth. If bleeding cannot be controlled by simple pressure, call Dr. Pete or visit the hospital emergency room.
If possible, find the tooth. Handle it by the crown, not by the root. You may rinse the tooth with water only. DO NOT clean with soap, scrub or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Inspect the tooth for fractures. If it is sound, try to reinsert it in the socket. Have the patient hold the tooth in place by biting on a gauze. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing the patient's saliva or milk. If the patient is old enough, the tooth may also be carried in the patient's mouth (beside the cheek). Call our office IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.
Rinse any dirt from the area with warm water. Place cold compresses over the face in the area of the injury. Locate and save any broken tooth fragments. Call our office as soon as possible.
If a broken appliance can be removed easily, take it out. If it cannot be removed easily, cover the sharp or protruding portion with cotton balls, gauze, or wax. If a wire is stuck in the gums, check, or tongue DO NOT remove it. If the appliance is from your orthodontist, call your child's orthodontist immediately. If we made the appliance, then call our office. Loose or broken appliances that do not bother the child usually don't require emergency attention.
Many children occasionally suffer from “cold” or “canker” sores. These usually last 10-14 days and can be very uncomfortable. Usually over the counter preparations give some relief. Because some serious diseases may begin as sores, your child should have a dental evaluation if these sores persist.
Fold and pack clean gauze or cloth over the bleeding area. Have the child bite on the gauze for 15 minutes. If bleeding continues replace the gauze and have the child bite again for 15 minutes. If this is does not control the bleeding call our office. It is important to remember that a very small amount of blood can mix with saliva to make the bleeding appear much worse than it is.
If your oral health is not properly taken care of, your overall health could be at risk. The experienced staff with Dr. Peter P Savas are prepared to educate you and your children, even at the earliest ages, about the proper oral care techniques that will preserve your teeth
. We are easily accessible for anyone in Palos Heights, IL or the surrounding South Suburbs of Chicago, IL.
Preventative dental care can often prevent dental emergencies like toothache from cavities. Some kids are really nervous about the dentist, but they won't to be when you bring them here. Our office is bright, clean, and relaxing to ensure your child or teen's visit with us is a pleasant one! Our professional staff takes extra care and sensitivity
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