TOOTHACHES: 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 APDO and we will get you in as soon as possible. It's important that you do not place aspirin or heat on the gum or on the aching tooth. If your child's face is swollen, apply cold compresses.
KNOCKED OUT PERMANENT TOOTH: 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 or handle the tooth unnecessarily. If the tooth is not fractured, try to reinsert it in the socket. Have the patient hold the tooth in place by biting on a gauze or clean cloth. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing the patient’s saliva or milk, NOT water. Contact APDO immediately as time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.
KNOCKED OUT BABY TOOTH: Unlike with a permanent tooth, the baby tooth should not be replanted due to possible damage to the developing permanent tooth. In most cases, no treatment is necessary however you should contact APDO and talk with a pediatric dentistry specialist about your child's unique situation.
CHIPPED / FRACTURED PERMANENT TOOTH: Time is a critical factor in this situation. Contact APDO immediately to help reduce the chance for infection or the need for extensive dental treatment in the future. Before heading to our office, rinse the mouth with water and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. If you can find the broken tooth piece, bring it with you.