If our patients have any questions, please contact the Dental Office at 403-873-1414. After hours, please contact the office for emergency contact information or our patients can call us for after hour dental emergencies at
403 873 1414.
First Aid for Emergencies
Unfortunately, your child will have accidents, and these accidents may injure your child’s teeth or involve facial or head areas. It’s important that you educate yourself, so that if these kinds of injuries occur you can administer the proper first aid treatment immediately. In the case of life threatening emergencies, call 9-1-1 directly. For after hour dental emergencies, call our office at 403-873-1414
Types Of Dental Emergencies
Primary Tooth Knocked Out
If your child’s primary tooth is knocked out, contact our office as soon as possible. We do not re-implant these teeth, but we do need to determine if any roots remain or if any other teeth have been injured.
Permanent Tooth Knocked Out
If your child’s permanent tooth is knocked out, find it and rinse it gently in cool water. Please do not scrub it or clean it with soap – water only. If possible, replace the tooth in the socket and hold it there with clean gauze or a washcloth. If you can’t put it back into the socket, place the tooth in a clean container with milk, saliva, or water (milk is preferred). Handle the tooth only by its crown, not by its root. Get to our office immediately, or call our after-hours emergency number. Stay calm, but act quickly – the faster we see your child, the better our chances of saving their tooth.
Your child’s tooth may become displaced – not completely knocked out of the mouth, but it may appear longer, shorter or turned. The sooner that we can splint or realign the tooth, the easier it will be to bring it back into proper alignment and the better prognosis for the tooth. We will also need to schedule periodic evaluations for several months to see if a root canal or tooth extraction becomes necessary.
If your child’s tooth is chipped or fractured, contact our office as soon as possible. Rinse your child’s mouth with water and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. If you see a broken fragment of the tooth, bring it with you to our office.
Any severe blow to the head or jaw fracture should be treated in your nearest hospital’s emergency room immediately.
If your child complains of a toothache, call us promptly. In the meantime, you may rinse their mouth with water and apply a cold compress or ice wrapped in a cloth. Do not put heat or aspirin on the sore area. You may give them ibuprofen or Tylenol for pain.
Of course, the old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” is true. Child proof your home by making sure infants or toddlers can’t find sharp objects such as pens or pencils to put in their mouth, and make sure that electrical outlets and cords are out of reach. Try to pad sharp coffee table corners and other hazards as your child begins walking, and make sure that safety belts, in strollers and car seats, are used at all times. As your child begins to participate in sports, don’t let them play until they have a mouth guard. Mouth guards can not only protect teeth, but also protect the gums, reduce the intensity and number of head concussions, prevent injury to the joints around the jaw, and reduce pressure when a force is directed to the chin.
If you child plays sports, skateboards, roller blades, etc. – we can make custom molded mouth-guards to help protect your child’s teeth.