If your child is experiencing a dental emergency, contact OneDent Kids at 914-996-7786 as soon as possible. Our practice offers 24-hour emergency care in Purchase, New York. If you are calling after our office hours, you will be able to connect directly to the private phone number of one of our pediatric dentists. If for some reason your pediatric dentist is not available, one of our other dentists will contact you right away. Drs. Stuart Graber, Leonard Mark, Michael Fish, Erica Bly-Fish, Dina Iommazo, or Richard Schechtman are always available to help you.
We offer the following tips on how to care for your child’s emergency until you can meet with our pediatric dentists:
- Bitten lip or tongue (following dental work) – Children often do not understand the effects of local anesthesia, and may chew, scratch, suck, or play with their lip, tongue, or cheek while it is numb. These actions can cause minor irritations, or they can cause swelling and abrasions to the tissue. Please monitor your child closely for approximately 2 hours following his or her appointment. We recommend keeping your child on a liquid or soft diet until after the anesthetic has worn off.
- Toothache – If your child is complaining of a toothache, try rinsing his or her mouth with warm water to clean it out. Use a toothbrush and floss to remove any food or debris that may be caused around the tooth. If the pain persists, bring your child to our office. Our pediatric dentists will examine your child to determine the cause of the toothache. Depending on your child’s needs and the extent of the infection, they may recommend an antibiotic or an over-the-counter painkiller.
o Do NOT put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth. This could burn your child’s gums.
o Do not rely on pain medication and antibiotics as the ultimate cure. While they may temporarily relieve the pain, our pediatric dentists will need to evaluate and treat the cause of the infection to definitively remove the toothache.
- Chipped or fractured teeth – Teeth have three distinct layers. When teeth are chipped or fractured, the inner layers become exposed. It is important that you have a dentist evaluate chipped teeth as soon as possible to determine the severity of the fracture. Mild fractures can be smoothed, or simply monitored, while others may require more extensive treatment, such as a root canal procedure or a dental crown. If a large, fractured piece has broken off, the broken piece can sometimes be re-bonded to the tooth.
- Knocked-out teeth – If your child’s tooth has been knocked out of his or her mouth, contact our pediatric dentists immediately. In general, pediatric dentists do not attempt to re-implant knocked about baby teeth because the re-implantation procedure can cause damage to the tooth bud and to the emerging permanent tooth. If the tooth that has been knocked out is a permanent tooth, pediatric dentists will always attempt to re-implant it, unless the trauma has caused irreparable damage. This procedure is almost always successful if performed within one hour of the tooth being knocked out, so time is of the essence!
If your child’s tooth has been knocked out, take the following steps:
o Recover the tooth. Handle it only by the crown. Do NOT touch the roots.
o Rinse of dirt and debris with water. Do NOT scrub or scrape the tooth.
o If your child is older, attempt to re-insert the tooth into the original socket and hold it here with gentle pressure, or encourage the child to keep the tooth in the cheek pouch. For younger children, submerge the tooth in a glass of milk or saliva (do not attempt to re-insert the tooth – a younger child may swallow it).
o Make sure to keep the tooth moist. This is critical to the success of the re-implantation.
o Visit the pediatric dentist as quickly as possible, or take your child to the emergency room. Time is crucial to saving the tooth.
- Head trauma/broken jaw – Take your child to the emergency room at your local hospital immediately. Your child should be examined by a doctor to ensure that no other damage has occurred. Your pediatric dentist will work with other medical professionals to ensure the best care when helping your child recover his or her oral health.