Dental Emergency

Your child is probably going to have a dental emergency at some point, as most children do. In the case of  a dental emergency, stay calm and follow the instructions below.

 

Baby Tooth is Knocked Out

Contact your dentist as soon as possible. Do not ignore the situation, or attempt to replant the tooth, because the severity of the situation may cause damage to the development of the permanent tooth.

 

Permanent Tooth is Knocked Out

Find the tooth and handle it by the crown and not the root of the tooth. You may rinse the tooth with water but DO NOT clean with soap or handle the tooth unnecessarily by scrubbing. Inspect the tooth for fractures. If  possible, try to insert the tooth back into the socket and have the patient hold the tooth in place by biting on a piece of gauze or a wash cloth. If you cannot insert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing the patient’s own saliva or cold milk. The patient must see a dentist IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor for the survival of the tooth.

 

A Tooth is Chipped or Fracture

Contact your dentist immediately. Rinse the mouth out with water. If the lip is injured, apply an ice pack to the area. 

 

Severe Blow to the Head or Jaw Fracture

Immediately go to the emergency room of your local hospital. This can be life-threatening.

 

Toothache

Call your dentist as soon as possible.  If needed, use over-the-counter children's pain medication. Dosage is based on your child's weight and age, for further assistance on medication, ask your local pharmacist. You may apply an ice pack to the face in the area of pain. Do not apply a heat compress or aspirin on the sore area.

 

Information provided by AAPD.org

 

Children Dentistry

Our experienced pediatric dental team is dedicated to providing your child with the personalized, gentle care that he/she deserves. We strive to create a child-friendly environment where children feel comfortable and excited to learn how to care for their teeth. We provide dental care for infants, children, and adolescents. Although, we welcome the child's first visit at any age, we highly recommend your child's first dental visit to be at one year old.

At our office, your child will experience all that modern dentistry has to offer, including a comprehensive list of preventative dental services to meet the individual need of each child. Our goal is to assist each child in a kind and caring manner so that he/she begins healthy habits that will maintain a beautiful smile for a life time.

 

How are Appointments Scheduled?

The office attempts to schedule appointments at your convenience and when time is available. You can schedule an appointment by calling our office at 773-584-1622. We recommend that primary students ranging for preschool through sixth grade should schedule their appointments in the morning. Students at that age are more alert in the morning, which allows us to work more efficiently with the child for their comfort. Dental appointments are an excused absence. However, missing school can be kept to a minimum when regular dental care is maintained.

 

Should I Stay with My Child During the Visit?

Parents are invited back during the initial exam and at re-care appointments. This allows our doctors to discuss their findings and any treatment that may be necessary. During treatment appointments, one parent is allowed to accompany their child. We ask that you remain as a silent observer so that our doctors and staff are able to effectively communicate with your child. Research has shown that children over the age of three react more positively when permitted to experience the dental visit on their own and in an environment designed for children. As your child matures, we hope they will feel comfortable coming back by themselves. This helps to better establish your child’s trust and independence with the dentist.