Where your child has a dental emergency, there is no reason to way. Parents can contact our office and will receive help through our 24-hour paging system. We have staff who are trained to deal with dental emergencies night and day, and can provide both advice over the phone as well as in-person assistance when needed. Our doctors and dentists are trained to work with the paging system for quick response. The above said, various categories of issues can often be addressed up front prior to treatment.
if a child complains of throbbing pain in a tooth, first clean the area out with warm water. It could very well be caused by a piece of trapped food causing an irritation. Flossing and brushing can loosen the culprit, and the related pain often goes away as a result. Where there is swelling, applying a cold compress will reduce the inflammation. Where the pain still continues then call our Agoura Hills dental office for an exam.
- A cut or laceration to the lip, cheek or tongue
Apply a clean cloth or bandage first to stop the bleeding. Swelling can also be reduced with a cold compress. If the bleeding won’t stop or the cut looks deep and serious, either call our office or take the child to the nearest emergency room for immediate care.
- An accidentally knocked-out baby tooth
Baby teeth do get knocked out on a regular basis as children fall down, usually the front upper or lower ones being the case. First try to stop the bleeding and use ice for swelling. Try to locate the broken tooth to make sure it wasn’t swallowed in panic. If located, wash it with water and put the tooth in a cup or container of milk. Then try to get to our office within an hour. If done soon enough, a broken tooth might be saved. The same process goes for a chipped or fractured adult tooth if a part is removed. Quick treatment can potentially save the tooth as a whole as well as prevent a tooth infection.
- Knocked out permanent tooth>
Try to find the knocked out permanent tooth. Hold it by the crown and not by the root. If possible gently rinse it with only water. Avoid scrubbing and washing with soap. Call our office immediately to be seen within the next hour. Transport the tooth in a cup of milk or if not available in water. It is crucial that your child be seen by our doctors ASAP ideally within an hour.
- Chipped or fractured adult or baby tooth
Rinse your child’s mouth with warm water and apply ice to reduce swelling. If possible, find the chipped part of the adult tooth and bring it with you to the office. Call our office immediately. A timely treatment can save the tooth and prevent possible tooth infection.
- A severe head injury or impact
Take a child immediately to an emergency room or the nearest fire station if closer. Do not hesitate.