As mentioned before, in the unfortunate case of an emergency, please always call 911 first and/or take your child to the Emergency Room (ER). You can call Dr. Lisi later on. Please note the following possible reasons for an Emergency visit…
If the face is swollen and you cannot determine why, gently apply cold compressors and contact Dr. Lisi immediately.
Clean the area of the affected tooth by rinsing the mouth thoroughly with warm water. Use dental floss to dislodge any food that may be inserted in the tooth. If the pain persists, contact Dr. Lisi. Do not place aspirin or heat on the gum or at the aching tooth.
Broken or Chipped (Fractured) Tooth
Please contact Dr. Lisi immediately under this scenario, as time is very critical to be able to save the tooth. Quick action can also help prevent infection and reduce the possibility of extensive dental treatment later on. Rinse the child’s mouth with water and apply cold compresses around the tooth to reduce swelling. Please locate and bring to Dr. Lisi any broken tooth fragments you can find.
Knocked out Baby (Primary) Tooth
If there was no major accident that triggered the lost tooth, contact Dr. Lisi during business hours. This is usually not an emergency, and in most cases, no treatment is necessary. But if you suspect otherwise, please call 911 and/or take your child immediately to the ER, and then contact Dr. Lisi.
Knocked out Permanent Tooth
First thing to do is to try to find the tooth, and handling it by the crown and not by the root. You may rinse it with water only – please do not clean the tooth with soap, do not scrub it, and do not handle the tooth unnecessarily. Inspect the tooth for fractures, and if it is “healthy”, try to reinsert it to the socket in the mouth. Have your child hold the tooth in place by biting on gauze. In case you cannot properly rinse the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing the patient’s saliva or milk. If your child is old enough to understand the situation, he/she may carry the tooth inside the mouth next to the cheeck. Be aware that time is very critical to save a tooth under this scenario, so make sure your child sees Dr. Lisi immediately.
Cut or Bitten Lip, Tongue, or Cheek
Gently apply ice to injured area to help control swelling. If there is swelling already, apply firm but gentle pressure with gauze or cloth. If bleeding cannot be controlled by simple pressure, visit the Hospital’s Emergency Room and call your doctor.
Other Traumatic Injuries
If your child suffered a blow to the head, or if you suspect broken/ fractured jaw bone, take your child immediately to the ER (and avoid any jaw movement).