Dental Emergency


What if my child has a dental emergency?

Please call our office as soon as you determine that your child has had a dental emergency. Our office telephone number is 509-922-1333. We will be glad to schedule your child during our regular business hours. After hours, over the weekend or during the holidays, please call our office and our after-hours service will contact the doctor on-call.

What should I do if my child has a toothache?

First, rinse the irritated area with warm water and place a cold compress on the face if it is swollen. Call our practice right away.

What should I do if my child falls and knocks out a permanent tooth?

The most important thing to do is to remain calm and find the tooth. Hold it by the crown, rinse the tooth in water, without scrubbing, and try to place it back in the socket. If that is not possible, put the tooth in a glass of milk. Call us immediately.

What should I do if my child complains of broken braces and wires?

Remove a broken appliance only if it comes out easily. If it is lodged or painful to remove, cover any protruding edges with wax, cotton balls, gauze or chewing gum. DO NOT REMOVE any wire caught in the gums, cheek or tongue; see us immediately. Emergency attention is usually not required for loose or broken appliances that cause no discomfort.

What should I do if my child has a broken tooth?

Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments. Your child will need immediate dental attention, please call us right away.

What if my child has a cut or bitten tongue, lip or cheek?

Ice can be applied to any bruised areas. For bleeding, apply firm (but gentle) pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues after 15 minutes, go to an emergency room.