Accidents happen — we’re here to help!

Life is full of surprises, and not all of them are good! Kids can damage their teeth through slips, trips or falls, or by playing sports. When life hands you and your child a dental emergency, we are here when you need us and can give you advice on dental first aid. Call us at 815-895-7660 during our normal office hours or follow the instructions to reach our emergency service line after-hours if your child experiences a dental emergency.

At Sycamore Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, your child’s health and safety remain our top priority.

We strongly emphasize parent and child education,

which includes knowing what to do in the event of a dental emergency. We are always here to assist when your child’s dental health is at risk. Please call us if anything happens or if you are unsure how to handle an accident involving your child’s teeth or mouth. We are here to help and offer same-day appointments when your child experiences a dental emergency.

For your information, below are tips on dealing with urgent dental situations:

Knocked out Baby Tooth

Baby teeth should never be put back into the mouth because it may damage the growing permanent tooth. Your child still needs to be seen, however, to rule out any other injuries to the teeth or jawbone.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

Contact us immediately. Time is a critical factor in saving a permanent tooth. Find the tooth and gently rinse off any dirt with milk if possible, if milk is not available rinse off quickly under water (without soap). Hold the tooth by the crown, not the root, and do not scrub it. Place the tooth into its socket and gently hold in place with gauze. If you are not able to reinsert the tooth, put it in a cup with milk and bring it to the office. If milk is not available, have your child spit in a cup and place the tooth in saliva. Avoid placing the tooth in water. We do not recommend having your child hold the tooth inside his/her cheek because they may swallow it — unless the child is older and able to avoid this. If you act quickly, it may be possible to save the tooth.

Broken, Chipped, or Fractured Tooth

If your child has chipped or broken a piece off of a tooth, have them rinse their mouth with warm water, then use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Try to locate and save the tooth fragment that broke off and place in a glass of milk. Call us to schedule an appointment so your child may be seen.

Toothache

The most common cause of dental pain in a child is caused by untreated tooth decay. Clean the area of the affected tooth. Rinse the mouth thoroughly with warm salt water and use dental floss to dislodge any food that may be impacted. If swelling is present, apply cold compresses to the cheek. Do not apply heat or any kind of aspirin or topical pain reliever directly to the affected area, as this can cause damage to the gums. Children’s pain relievers may be taken orally as directed. Never give your child a pain reliever that they are allergic to. Protect your child from unnecessary toothaches with regular dental visits and preventive care.

Object Caught In Teeth

If your child has something caught in between, use dental floss to gently remove it. Never use a metal, plastic, or a sharp tool to remove a stuck object. If you are unable to remove the item with dental floss, give us a call.

Swelling

If the face is swollen because of a tooth infection, it could be a life-threatening situation and your child needs to go to the hospital emergency room immediately. Place a cold compress on the face in the meantime to reduce the swelling. Call our office for an emergency appointment to evaluate where the infection is and how to treat it.

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek

If there is bleeding, apply firm yet gentle pressure to the area with a clean cloth or gauze. If you can’t get the bleeding to stop after fifteen minutes, go to the hospital emergency room. Apply a cold compress to swollen or bruised areas. Make sure your child is comfortable and calm. Call our office for an appointment to assess any injury to the teeth, jawbone or tissues around the mouth.

Possible Broken Jaw

If you know or suspect your child has sustained a broken jaw, use a cold compress to reduce swelling, keep the jaw from moving and take your child to the nearest hospital immediately. In many cases, a broken jaw is the result of a blow to the head. Severe blows to the head can be dangerous and even life-threatening.

Severe Blow to the Head

Take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room immediately.

Avoiding Injury

You can help your child avoid dental emergencies. Child-proof your house to avoid falls. Don’t let your child chew on ice, popcorn kernels, or other hard foods. Always use car seats for young children and require seat belts for older children. And if your child plays contact sports, have him or her wear a mouthguard. Ask us about creating a custom-fitted mouthguard for your child. Finally, prevent toothaches with regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups at our office.

If your child suffers from one of these conditions or another type of dental emergency, please contact our office in Sycamore, IL.

Our team will also be able to provide you with instructions on how to take care of your child’s smile until you are able to bring them to our office to meet with us. To learn more about dental emergency care, we invite you to visit us or call us today at 815-895-7660.

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