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Dental emergencies can occur at any time, and you don’t want to be caught off guard when an accident happens to your child’s mouth or teeth. At Seaside Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Inc, we will always assist you and your child in an emergency situation; however, in the case of an after-hours emergency, follow the steps below.

If a tooth is chipped, broken or fractured, find and keep any pieces of the tooth that have come off. Gently wash your child’s mouth with warm water, especially the area of damage. Keep a cold compress on the injury to minimize swelling and go to the clinic or emergency room.

If a tooth is knocked-out, do your best to find the tooth. Do not pick it up by the root. Instead, handle it by the crown, or the part of the tooth that appears above the gumline. Gently wash the tooth with water on low pressure. If it is a permanent (adult) tooth, and if you can put it back into the socket, do so, and hold it firmly in place with a clean cloth. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, put it in milk and bring it and your child to our dental office immediately.

When an object is lodged in the teeth, use dental floss to dislodge the object. Never use tools made of metal or plastic, or anything with a sharp point. If floss doesn’t work, call us.

In the case of a broken jaw, use a cold compress to reduce inflammation, and take your child to the hospital immediately for an evaluation.

If your child needs an experienced dentist, Dr. Scoma and Dr. Lam can help. Please contact Seaside Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Inc at 858-551-9700 to meet with our dentists if your child experiences a dental emergency in La Jolla, California.