Emergency Dentist in Jacksonville, FL
When you have a pediatric dental emergency, you want to have a dependable dentist who knows your child’s dental history. Here at Weaver & Stratton Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we are equipped to handle pediatric dental emergencies including toothaches, bitten lip, a knocked-out tooth, and more. We understand that accidents can happen at any time and your child might need dental treatment after we are closed, so you can call our office and then our after-hours emergency phone number to get in touch with us. Whether you need an emergency dentist in Jacksonville, FL or an emergency dentist in Orange Park, FL, you can rely on our team when your child has an after-hours dental emergency. If you are faced with a dental crisis, we want you to be prepared, so you can act fast. Check out tips on dealing with urgent situations below.
Dental Emergency Tips
Bitten Lip or Tongue
Does your child have a bitten lip or tongue that is bleeding? First, clean the bite gently with water and use a cold compress (a cold, wet towel or washcloth pressed firmly against the area) to reduce or avoid swelling. Give our emergency pediatric dentist a call to help determine how serious the bite is.
Broken, Chipped, or Fractured Tooth
If your child has chipped or broken a piece off of a tooth, don’t panic. Rinse your child’s with warm water, and then use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Call our emergency pediatric dentist immediately.
If you know or suspect your child has sustained a broken jaw, use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Call our emergency number and/or head to the hospital immediately. In many cases, a broken jaw is the result of a blow to the head. Severe blows to the head can be dangerous and even life-threatening.
If any orthodontic appliances haven broken or loosened, please call us as soon as possible. If you already have an appointment scheduled, call beforehand and inform us that you will need a repair during this visit.
Loose, Poking, or Broken Wire
If you experience a wire that is loose, poking you uncomfortably, or broken, place wax over the wire to help ease any discomfort until you can be seen in our office.
Sometimes brackets become loose or break. Contact us as soon as possible. If the loose or broken bracket is still attached to the wire, leave it as it is and use wax to soothe any discomfort. If the bracket comes off completely, bring it to your next appointment.
Object Caught In Teeth
Use dental floss to gently remove anything caught in your child’s teeth. Never use a metal, plastic, or sharp tool to remove a stuck object. If you are unable to remove the item with dental floss, give us a call.
Active kids sometimes have accidents. If your child's permanent tooth has been knocked out, find the tooth and rinse it with water (no soap), taking care to only touch the crown of the tooth (the part you can see when it is in place). If you can, place the tooth back in its socket and hold it in place with a clean towel or cloth. If you can't return the tooth to its socket, place it in a clean container with milk. In either case, call our emergency pediatric dentist immediately and/or head to the hospital. If you act quickly, it is possible to save the tooth. Unfortunately, primary teeth are generally not re-implanted. If one of your child's primary teeth has been knocked out, you will want to schedule a visit to our practice so your dentist can ensure there are no fragments of the tooth remaining.
Is your child suffering from a toothache? Rinse his or her mouth with warm water and inspect the teeth to be sure there is nothing caught between them. If pain continues, use a cold compress to ease the pain. Do not apply heat or any kind of aspirin or topical pain reliever directly to the affected area, as this can cause damage to the gums. Children's pain relievers may be taken orally. Schedule an appointment with our practice.
Avoiding Injury to Your Child's Teeth
You can help your child avoid a pediatric dental emergency. Childproof your house to avoid falls. Please keep electrical and extension cords away from children. Don't let your child chew on ice, popcorn kernels, or other hard foods. Always use car seats for young children and require seatbelts for older children. If your child plays contact sports, have them wear a mouthguard. Finally, prevent toothaches with regular brushing, flossing, and visits to our office.
After getting braces or having braces adjusted, you may experience some discomfort or soreness, but this is normal. Discomfort and soreness can be relieved by the use of wax and/or ibuprofen. If the pain persists for more than a few days, call our office.
If you have a dental or orthodontic emergency, you can give us a call at (904) 264-KIDS today.