Dental Emergencies

During our regular office hours: 661.377.2000

If you have a dental emergency during our regular office hours please call us at 661-377-2000. We are here to help you in any way we can.

After regular office hours: 661.377.6453

We have made arrangements for the "on-call" doctor to help you. Please call our office at 661-37SMILE (377-6453)  and our telephone message will give you the contact information for the doctor on call.

Toothache

Until your child can be treated, you should rinse the mouth with lukewarm water and apply cloth wrapped ice to their face, if the face is swollen.

Over-the-counter children's pain medication, dosed according to your child's weight and age, might ease the symptoms. Do not apply heat, and you should never put an aspirin on the tooth or gums. Aspirin is acidic; placed on a tooth or against the gums, it can produce burns.

Finally, children who complain of a toothache may often have food lodged between their teeth. Gently flossing the area of discomfort may provide immediate relief.

Chipped Tooth

Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling if the lip also was injured. If you can find the broken tooth fragment, place it in cold milk or water and bring it with you to the dental office. A fragment can occasionally be bonded back onto the tooth. Even without the broken piece, a dentist can often restore the tooth to its natural appearance.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

Locate the missing tooth and hold it by the crown (the part visible in the mouth), not by the root. You may rinse the tooth with water only. DO NOT clean with soap, scrub or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Inspect the tooth for fractures. If the tooth is intact, try to reinsert it in the socket. Have the patient hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean cloth. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, place the tooth in a cup of cold milk. If milk is not available, and the patient is old enough, the tooth may also be carried in the patients mouth (beside the cheek)

Knocked Out Baby Tooth

Contact us during business hours. This is not usually an emergency and in most cases no treatment is necessary. DO NOT reinsert the tooth.

Cut Lip or Cheek

Apply ice to injured areas to help control swelling. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or it cannot be controlled by simple pressure, go to the nearest emergency room or urgent care center.

Bleeding After Baby Tooth Falls Out

Have child bite down on clean, folded gauze or cloth over the bleeding area for 15 minutes. Repeat once if necessary.

Front Baby Tooth is Turning Dark

It is a very common concern to see that dark baby tooth because kids are bumping their teeth all the time. It will likely lighten back up. If it doesn't, there still may be no treatment needed other than observation. The discoloration may mean that the impact has damaged the blood supply. Rarely, it will abscess and need removal or a baby tooth root canal. Call us to make an appointment.

Cold or Canker Sores

Usually over-the-counter preparations bring relief until sores heal. Because some serious diseases can begin as sores, let us know if sores worsen and/or persist.

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