Dental Emergencies and Trauma

There are just as many types of dental traumas and emergencies as there are ways people can hurt themselves—in other words, the list is endless. However, some traumas are more common, especially when it comes to kids. ABC Dental knows how scary a dental emergency can be, which is why we offer extended hours for the most urgent of cases.

If a tooth gets knocked out, whether from a game on the playground, a slip and fall or a sports injury, schedule an emergency dental appointment right away. You or your child might have damaged nerves, tissue and blood vessels. In an ideal situation, the tooth might be able to be repositioned if it’s done within short time frame, allowing tissue to grow back and support the tooth.

What to Do

If you suspect a dental emergency, take these steps:

  • Immediately call our emergency line
  • Retrieve the tooth (only touch the crown) and rinse it with warm water—under no circumstances should you touch the root
  • Put the tooth back in the socket if possible, or have your child hold it in their cheek—make sure they don’t swallow it!
  • If that’s not an option, put the tooth in milk or saliva so the tooth can’t dry out until you get to the office

Common Complaints

Crowns and fillings often loosen up while eating or flossing. If these get knocked loose, your child might have extreme sensitivity to pressure and temperature. Crowns and fillings often get loose from underlying decay.

When waiting for your appointment, you can put clove oil on the tooth for pain relief, clean the crown and temporarily seal it yourself with OTC dental cement, or put dental cement on top of the tooth if you lose the crown to alleviate discomfort.

Cracked or fractured teeth are also common. These can be painless, but if the crack extends to the root it can be very painful. Grinding and biting are common causes of breaks and cracks. Call ABC Dental, rinse any tooth fragments with warm water, put gauze over the area if there’s bleeding and minimize facial swelling with a cold towel.