In Case of Emergency
Monday • 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Tuesday • 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Wednesday • 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Thursday • 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Here are some frequently asked questions regarding emergencies. One of them might address your immediate situation.
Q: What should I do if my child has a toothache?
A: Call us to schedule an emergency visit as soon as possible. In the meantime, rinse the irritated area with warm salt water. Check for impacted food and remove as necessary. Place a cold compress on the face if it is swollen.
Q: What should I do if my child falls and knocks out a permanent tooth?
A: First, find the tooth immediately. Hold it by the crown rather than the root and rinse off dirt and debris with water. Do not scrub or scrape the tooth. For older children, try to reinsert it in the socket using only gentle pressure. If this is not possible, put the tooth in a glass of milk and bring your child and the glass to our office right away. Do not allow the tooth to dry. Visit our office immediately or, if our office is closed, take the child to your local Emergency Room.
Q: What should I do if my child cracks a tooth?
A: For a cracked tooth, immediately rinse the mouth with warm water to clean the area. If the broken piece of tooth is available, put it in a glass of milk and bring it to our office. Put cold compresses on the face to keep any swelling down. Offer pain relief if necessary. Get to our office as soon as possible. If our office is closed, take the child to your local Emergency Room.
Q: My child bit his or her tongue or lip, how do I treat it?
A: Clean the area gently with water and apply a cold compress. If possible, apply firm direct pressure on the wound with clean – preferably sterile – gauze or cloth. If there is excessive bleeding, if the bleeding won’t stop, or if the child is in a lot of pain, see us right away or go to your local Emergency Room.
Q: What should I do if I think my child fractured his or her jaw?
A: Proceed immediately your local Emergency Room. Tell the child not to try to move the jaw. Tie a scarf or towel around the head and jaw to prevent movement.