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What to do in a Pediatric Dental Emergency


  1. Pediatric dental emergencies occur ever everyday in Indianapolis
    Dental Accidents, Broken Teeth, Trauma, or knocked out teeth,

    If your child is in the midst of an dental emergency:

    If your child is bleeding, unresponsive, or unconscious, call 911 immediately.

    Examine your child and try to find out is injured on your child

    Apply a cold compress with clean towels or gauze to bleeding the childs injured area.

    If your child's teeth or tooth is broken An appoint with the dentist is a must to determine if the tooth's nerve is exposed. This requires immediate attention. If the broken tooth is a permanent tooth, try to find and save the broken tooth piece. This is very important for reattachment.

    Dislodged tooth
    If your child has a dislodged tooth, but not knocked out, apply gauze to the bleeding area and call us 317-316-3004 immediately. We will evaluate the injury and discuss the proper course of treatment. Permanent teeth will require repositioning/stabilizing promptly.

    Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
    Try to find the tooth.

    Handle the tooth only by the crown (the portion you would normally see in the mouth) and not the pointed root. Be careful not to scrape the root surface because the tissues that cover it are what help the tooth survive the injury.

    Your child can rinse with water. If the tooth is dirty, you can rinse it in water briefly. The best way to do this is to use a small container with water in it. If a sink is used, please place the drain stopper first.

    The tooth must be kept moist. The best way to preserve the tooth is to reinsert it in its socket even if you are unable to seat it in all the way. Have your child bite on a folded piece of gauze to hold the tooth in place. The next best option is to store the tooth in a special solution created to preserve it. "Save A Tooth" If you cannot reinsert the tooth, and no preservative pack is found, place it in milk. You can also use saliva. If the patient is old enough, the tooth may be held inside the mouth by the cheek.

    Time is a critical in the success of repairing the damaged tooth. The child must be seen immediately to stabilize the tooth.