Did you know pediatric dentists receive 2-3 years of additional training after dental school which includes training with trauma? Dr. Pagé was on call at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, KY during her residency and has extensive training dealing with trauma in children. Please call our emergency line at 614-215-9488 if your child experiences any dental trauma. If your child has lost consciousness or this is a medical emergency please call 911.
Knocked Out Adult Tooth
If your child accidentally has a permanent tooth come out from trauma, please call us immediately and place the tooth back in the socket (hole) if you are positive of orientation, or place in plain white milk or your child’s saliva and bring with you. You can also place in Hank’s balanced solution if you have this on hand. The tooth should be placed back in or in one of those liquids as soon as possible. Do not scrub the tooth clean even if there is debris on it. You can rinse it with water if you are reinserting the tooth. Try to only touch the crown of the tooth and not the root.
Knocked Out Baby Tooth
This is not a true dental emergency. If your child’s baby tooth comes out, DO NOT reinsert it. Have them bite on gauze or hold pressure on the area with clean gauze/paper towel to help stop the bleeding. We are happy to evaluate the area if you are concerned and make sure no space maintenance is necessary.
If your child has a cut or laceration in their mouth or on their lip, try applying firm pressure to the area with a clean piece of gauze or a clean paper towel. Ideally something sterile will be best. Attempt to stop the bleeding as best you can. If you suspect your child may need stitches or has lost consciousness, please contact Nationwide Children’s hospital. If you are able to control the bleeding and would like this evaluated, please contact our emergency line at 614-215-9488.
Additional Dental Trauma
If you are concerned about a traumatic dental event, please call our emergency line. The system will prompt you to leave a message after hours and a text conversation will be initiated to assess the trauma and the need for an appointment. We look forward to helping you through this stressful time.