Emergency dentistry is available to patients who have experienced a dental injury or accident, or are in severe dental pain and discomfort. The goal of emergency dental care from our Tinton Falls pediatric office is to get patients out of pain quickly and back to optimal oral health as soon as possible.
Between contact sports and exploring their worlds, children can have an accident at any time. That’s why pediatric dentists will often leave openings in their schedules for same-day emergency appointments, so they can address your child’s needs as soon as possible.
More than 5 million teeth are knocked out every year in both children and adults.
It’s easy to panic and feel anxious when your child injures their mouth. But try your best to stay calm and collected. Panicking will only stress your child, so keep a clear head, assess the severity of the situation, and get things under control.
If your child’s mouth is bleeding, use clean gauze, cotton balls, or paper towels to absorb the blood, and apply gentle but firm pressure to control the bleeding. Be aware that oral injuries can bleed quite heavily, but if you apply pressure to the area, or your child gently bites down on some gauze, the bleeding should slow within a few minutes.
You can have your child take over-the-counter medication like Tylenol or Motrin to help with pain and inflammation. Applying an ice pack externally to the cheek near the affected area can also help numb the site and reduce swelling.
Make sure you call our Tinton Falls team right away to schedule an emergency appointment with your child’s pediatric dentist. We can help you determine the severity of the situation and whether or not your child needs to be seen immediately.
We know that dental emergencies rarely happen on your terms, or on a set schedule. That’s why we offer same-day care to help your child get the care they need right away. Immediate dental care from a qualified dentist will ensure that your child can get relief from their pain and discomfort, and also prevents further complications related to their oral health condition or dental injury. Call us now for a same-day appointment in Tinton Falls.
With after hours appointments, you child can always get the care they need in times of an emergency. Our after hours emergency line will route your call to one of our pediatric dentists who can talk through your child's problem, and see your child in the office if needed.
Has your child had a tooth knocked out at a sports game? Do they have a severe toothache that just can’t wait until Monday? Did horsing around lead to a chipped or broken tooth? We offer weekend appointments with limited hours for emergency pediatric patients. Call us right away if your child is suffering from an oral injury. Our team is always here for you and your little ones.
Depending on the type of emergency your child is experiencing, there are a few different procedures that may be required. Some emergencies may require your child to be seen for an examination and possibly x-rays.
A toothache, the most common dental emergency, may require antibiotics, nerve treatments or extractions of baby teeth. Other common emergency procedures are the repairing of a broken tooth and putting a knocked out tooth back in place. Some children may also require treatment of injuries to the cheek, lips, or tongue as well. Our pediatric dentists are available 24/7 to answer your questions about your child's dental emergency and plan for their care.
Putting a knocked out tooth in milk, not water, can preserve the root while you head to your emergency appointment.
Knocked-out baby teeth are not returned to the mouth, even if they're lost prematurely. If it's a baby tooth, your child will need to come into our office to have their mouth examined and an x-ray taken to assess for injuries to other teeth or parts of the mouth.
For an adult tooth, though, you need to get help immediately. Recover the tooth, rinse it briefly, and put in a container of cold milk to keep it moist. Then, contact our Tinton Falls office immediately. Don't spend too much time treating pain or bleeding. Your child's tooth must be put back in place within 1 hour for the most optimal healing, so time is of the essence. Once at our office, we can reattach and stabilize the tooth, and address any other issues that may have been caused by the trauma.
Collect the crown and place it in a plastic baggie. It may be possible to cement the crown back in place instead of replacing it with a new one. Call our office for an emergency appointment and make sure to bring the crown with you.
A severe toothache could indicate that you child has a deep cavity or an infected tooth. You should contact our office right away, as these both can be serious dental emergencies that may get worse without proper treatment. Your child will need to be seen for an exam and likely an x-ray, and may even require an antibiotic. Prior to their appointment, you can give your child Tylenol or ibuprofen to help alleviate their pain.
First, treat their discomfort and bleeding, then contact us for an emergency appointment. If you are able to recover the piece of broken tooth, place it in a small Tupperware container of milk and store it in the fridge until you child's appointment. The broken tooth fragment may be able to be reattached, so be sure to bring it with you to the appointment. After consulting with your child's dentist at Sycamore Smiles, they can determine the best treatment for restoring the damaged tooth, and ensure your child's smile remains healthy and strong.
If a baby tooth has come loose and it’s not due to an oral injury, you don’t have to do anything. Baby teeth are meant to fall out eventually, so this is natural.
However, if one of their teeth becomes loose and is bleeding after an oral injury, it may not be ready to fall out yet. Have your child avoid touching or chewing on the loose teeth, and call our Tinton Falls pediatric dentistry to schedule an appointment to have your child's mouth and injuries examined.
Losing a baby tooth too early can be a dental emergency.