Need emergency dental care? Don’t delay! Call our office at 719-260-1600 if the emergency is during normal business hours.
After Office Hours? We can still help!
If your child is a patient at Briargate Pediatric Dentistry and there is a dental emergency or orthodontic emergency requiring urgent care, call our emergency line at 719-425-9833 and leave a message and we will get back to you shortly.
What you can do to help before your child arrives at our dental office:
- Clean around the sore tooth. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between teeth.
- Use acetaminophen or ibuprophen for pain relief.
- Do not use aspirin on the aching tooth or on the gum.
- Apply a cold compress to the area.
- Go to the Emergency Room or contact us as soon as possible.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek?
- Apply ice 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, contact us immediately.
There are very few orthodontic emergencies that require immediate care. unless it involves a direct injury to your mouth or teeth.
If the orthodontic appliances are dislodged or displaced, call us so that we can determine the urgency of the injury and schedule you accordingly. Likely disturbances include: wires poking, loose brackets or bands, loose appliances or retainers, etc…
- Rinse the area with cold water.
- Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury.
- Place your child on ibuprophen every 8 hours for 48 hours.
- Contact us immediately and bring any broken tooth fragments with your child.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth!
- You may be able to save the tooth if you act immediately.
- Recover the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root end.
- Rinse with cold sterile water (If sterile water is not available, hold the tooth by its crown and very gently wipe the root on the child’s tongue to clean the root surface), but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary.
- Place the tooth back in the socket within 5 minutes and hold it in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth.
- If the tooth cannot be reinserted, carry it in a cup containing cold milk.
- Contact us or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.
I Think They Have a Broken Jaw!
- Tie the mouth closed with a towel, tie, or handkerchief.
- Go to an emergency room immediately and contact us.
My Child is Bleeding After Their Baby Tooth Fell Out!
- Fold a piece of gauze and place it (tightly) over the bleeding area.
- Have your child bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes
- If bleeding continues, give us a call.
My Child has a Cold Sore or Canker Sore
- Luckily, over-the-counter medications will usually provide temporary relief.
- If sores persist, visit your pediatric dentist to ensure any underlying problems are assessed thoroughly.
Uh Oh! We’ve Got Loose (or Lost) Fillings or Crowns
- Save the filling or crown and contact us immediately.
- If a crown comes loose the area should be assessed by us within 1 to 2 days to prevent movement of the adjacent or opposing teeth.