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If your child is experiencing a dental emergency that requires immediate medical attention, such as severe facial trauma or swelling, please call 911 or proceed to your nearest emergency room for immediate assistance. If your child has any other dental emergency that cannot wait until our regular office hours, please call our on-call answering service at 623-624-2606 to triage all other dental emergencies. This service is only for active patients of record, telehealth fees apply.

Tooth Ache

Begin by cleaning around the sore tooth meticulously. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between teeth.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you use aspirin on the aching tooth or on the gum.

In the event of facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. For temporary pain relief, acetaminophen or ibuprofen is recommended. See a dentist as soon as possible.

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek

Ice can be applied to any bruised areas. For bleeding, apply firm (but gentle) pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues after 15 minutes, go to an emergency room.

Broken Braces and Wires

Remove a broken appliance only if it comes out easily. If it is lodged or painful to remove, cover any protruding edges with wax, cotton balls, gauze or chewing gum. DO NOT REMOVE any wire caught in the gums, cheek or tongue; see a dentist immediately. Emergency attention is usually not required for loose or broken appliances that cause no discomfort.

Broken Tooth

Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments. Get immediate dental attention.

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Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

First of all, remain calm. If possible, find the tooth and hold it by the crown rather than the root. Replace the tooth in the socket and hold it there with clean gauze or a washcloth. If you can’t put the tooth back in the socket, try to keep it moist. Place the tooth in a clean container with (in order of preference); “Save a Tooth” kit, milk, saliva, or water. Contact our office as soon as you can 623-362-1150. If it is after hours, take your child and the container immediately to an emergency room. The faster you act, the better your chances of saving the tooth. Also contact our office, which will connect you to our afterhours answering service. They will contact the doctors, who will try to reach you as soon as possible to discuss follow-up care, root canal therapy, etc.

Possible Broken Jaw

In the event of jaw injury, tie the mouth closed with a towel, tie or handkerchief. Go immediately to an emergency room.

Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out

Fold a piece of gauze and place it (tightly) over the bleeding area. Bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes; if bleeding continues, see a dentist.

Cold or Canker Sores

Over-the-counter medications will usually provide temporary relief. If sores persist, visit your dentist.

Knocked Out Baby Tooth

Do not attempt to reimplant a baby tooth. Control the bleeding with firm pressure and gauze or washcloth. Give over the counter children’s pain medicine, if needed. Ice pack and popsicles for any bruising or swelling. Contact our office so we can do a follow up exam.

Call us immediately if you are experiencing a dental emergency.

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