Dental Emergencies


Dental Emergencies

Dr. O'Riordan -Kids Smiles Pediatric Dentistry Shelby Township, MI

Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm water to clean out debris. Use dental floss to remove any food that might be trapped between teeth. If swelling is present, place cold compresses on the outside of the cheek. (Do not use heat or place aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissues.) Contact our office as soon as possible.

Space Maintainer Problems
If a cemented appliance becomes loose, call our office to schedule an emergency appointment.  If a piece of a removable appliance breaks, have the patient stop wearing it and call to schedule an appointment.

Knocked-Out Tooth
If the tooth is dirty, rinse it gently in running water. Do not scrub it. Gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket. If this is not possible, place the tooth in a container of milk. Contact our office immediately. (Treatment needs to be done within 30 minutes, if possible.) Don’t forget to bring the tooth.

Broken Tooth
Gently clean dirt or debris from the injured area with warm water. Place cold compresses on the face, in the area of the injured tooth, to minimize swelling. Contact our office immediately.

Bitten Tongue or Lip
Apply direct pressure to the bleeding area with a clean cloth. If swelling is present, apply cold compresses. If bleeding does not stop, go to a hospital emergency room.

Objects Wedged Between Teeth
Try to remove the object with dental floss. Guide the floss carefully to avoid cutting the gums. If not successful in removing the object, contact out office. Do not try to remove the object with a sharp or pointed instrument.

Possible Fractured Jaw
Immobilize the jaw by any means (handkerchief, necktie, and towel). If swelling is present, apply cold compresses. Go immediately to a hospital emergency room.

24 Hour Emergency Care
Because we are concerned about your child’s dental health, we have a dentist on call after hours seven days a week. Should you need emergency care, and you are a patient of record, just call 586-247-5437.