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CaringSmiles 4u | Dental Emergencies in Indianapolis

                Juanita R. Taylor, DDS

                                        4615 Lafayette Rd.  Suite B
                                     Indianapolis, IN 46254


Dental Emergencies



toothache.pngClean the area of the affected tooth thoroughly.  Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm water or use dental floss to dislodge impacted food or debris.  If the pain still exists, contact the office.  DO NOT place aspirin on the gum or on the aching tooth.  If the face is swollen apply cold compresses and contact the office immediately.









Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek



Apply ice or popsicles to bruised areas. If there is bleeding apply firm but gentle pressure with a gauze or cloth.  If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or it cannot be controlled by simple pressure, take the child to the hospital emergency room.  








Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

knocked_out.pngFind the tooth.  Handle the tooth by the crown, not the root portion.  You may rinse the tooth but DO NOT clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily.  Inspect the tooth for fractures.  If it is sound, try to reinsert it in the socket.  Have the patient hold the tooth in place by biting on a gauze.  If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing the patient’s saliva or milk.  If the patient is old enough, the tooth may also be carried in the patient’s mouth.  The patient must see the dentist IMMEDIATELY!  Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.



Chipped or Fractured Permanent Tooth


Contact our office immediately. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If possible, locate and save any broken tooth fragments and bring them with you to the dentist.

Chipped or Fractured Baby Tooth: Contact our office. The doctor will most likely request to see the child.



Head Injuries

Severe Blow to the Head: Take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room immediately.

Possible Broken or Fractured Jaw: Keep the jaw from moving and take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room.


Object Caught Between the Teeth

Gently try to remove the object with dental floss. If you are not successful, contact our office for more additional advice. Do not try to remove the object with a sharp or pointed instrument as this can cause additional damage to the teeth and surrounding tissues.


Canker and Cold Sores

canker_sores.pngChildren occasionally experience cold sores around the lips and canker sores inside the mouth. Products are available at your local pharmacy that will help minimize the pain and discomfort. Be sure that the product is approved for use on children. The sores most often take one to two weeks to completely heal. If the sores are occurring frequently or lasting longer than expected, please call the office for an appointment.  Some diseases can begin as simple sores and may require prescription medications.

Also, emergency care information is available through the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.