Pediatric Dental Emergencies

We can help in a dental emergency.

 
Pediatric Dental Care

When children play, accidents can happen.

Whether your child has a chipped tooth or one that is completely knocked out, our GoSmiles Dentistry team is ready to help your child smile again after a dental emergency. Learn how you can help your child during any of the following dental emergencies while you reach out to our team or your child’s doctor.

Toothache

Toothaches can be painful and should not be ignored. The first thing you should do is gently clean the affected tooth, rinsing well with warm water and dislodging any stuck food with dental floss to avoid impaction. With persistent tooth pain, contact our dentists immediately. You can apply cold compresses to the areas of swelling, but do not apply heat or aspirin on the gum tissues or affected tooth.

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek

For this type of injury, you can apply ice to the area to bring down the swelling. You can also apply firm, gentle pressure on any areas of bleeding using a cloth or piece of gauze. If the pressure doesn’t control the bleeding, call our office or visit your local hospital emergency room.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

For this kind of traumatic injury, locate the tooth if possible. Hold it carefully by the crown, never the root. Rinse the tooth in water only, but never scrub with soap or handle the tooth roughly. If the tooth has fractures but is intact, you can try reinserting it back into the socket. Have your child hold it in place by biting down on a piece of gauze. If the tooth can’t be reinserted, place it in a container with some milk or your child’s saliva. If your child can do so safely, they can carry the tooth in their mouth inside the cheek. Since time is of the essence when saving a tooth, contact GoSmiles Dentistry right away!

Knocked Out Baby Tooth

If your child has knocked out a baby tooth, you can contact our office during our normal business hours, as this is not generally considered an emergency and treatment is generally not required.

Chipped or Fractured Permanent Tooth

In this case, swift action is necessary to save the damaged tooth. Contacting GoSmiles Dentistry right away to keep infection at bay can help prevent extensive dental treatment later. Have your child rinse with water and if there is swelling, apply cold compresses to the area. If you can, bring the broken tooth fragments to our dentists for your visit.

Chipped or Fractured Baby Tooth

Please contact our office at 703-753-3346 for emergency pediatric dentistry in Gainesville, Virginia.

Severe Blow to the Head

Seek immediate medical attention — take your child to the hospital emergency room nearest you.

Possible Broken or Fractured Jaw

Bring your child to the hospital emergency room and keep the jaw from moving until your child is seen.