Emergency Dental Care
Should you ever need to contact Dr. Smith in an emergency, you can reach him at any time by calling the office at 914-834-4150. If Dr. Smith is away, he always has one of his pediatric dental colleagues covering for him.
Common Emergency Situations
- A baby tooth is knocked out (avulsed). When a baby tooth is lost due to trauma, it is never replanted, since the failure rate is high and there is a possibility that it can cause damage to the permanent tooth developing above. You should, however, call Dr. Smith to discuss the condition of the bone and the soft tissue in the area.
- A permanent tooth is knocked out (avulsed). Time is of the essence when a permanent tooth is lost. It is imperative to recover the tooth and reimplant it within the hour if possible. The tooth should be gently rinsed in water to remove any dirt or debris, but it should never be scraped to remove any tissue fibers that are attached to the root. If a parent has the ability, the tooth should be reimplanted into the socket and the patient should apply pressure by gently biting down on a piece of gauze. If this is not possible, transport the tooth to the office in a container of milk.
- A chipped or fractured tooth. The size and the severity of the fracture will determine if immediate care is necessary. Please contact Dr. Smith for guidance.
- Dental pain. There is a wide range of possibilities that can lead to your child’s discomfort; everything from a viral infection of the gums to an infection of a tooth. Contact Dr. Smith to discuss the problem.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
Many sports related injuries can be prevented by wearing an athletic mouthguard. This can be a stock mouthguard purchased at a sporting goods store or a custom fabricated one made by Dr. Smith. The latter are considerably more comfortable and, therefore, are more likely to be worn. Even in sports that have been considered to be non-contact such as soccer and basketball, a mouthguard should be worn—even the professional players are wearing them now.
Routine dental check-ups can, of course, prevent emergencies by catching and treating problems while they are still small. The notion that cavities in baby teeth do not need treatment is incorrect. Small, easily treatable cavities can develop into painful, complicated problems.
Call us at 914-834-4150 to make an appointment or Contact Us with any questions you may have.