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When your child needs emergency dental attention, you can always reach our St. Charles pediatric dentist. Our office has a 24-hour emergency line that’s constantly monitored either by Dr. Joshi or one of our staff.
First and foremost, if your child is experiencing a dental emergency, call our 24-hour emergency line. Even if you’re calling after office hours, someone will return your call to walk you through what you need to do. Depending on the nature of your child’s emergency, we may need to see them right away. Otherwise, we can give you instructions on how to handle the situation until you can get to our office for an appointment.
About Dr. Joshi
Dr. Joshi is a St. Charles pediatric dentist with a passion for treating children of all ages. Her family-oriented personality is one with deep roots and a mission to care for others like one of her own. As a mother, she’s attuned to the need for quality, honest care where a child’s safety and wellness always come first.
Common Emergencies We Treat
A dental emergency can come in all shapes and sizes. Knowing what to do if your child is hurt can help save their tooth, as well as provide the reassurance they need during a traumatic event. Here are a few tips on what to do if your child is experiencing one of these common dental emergencies:
Give your child an anti-inflammatory pain reliever (such as Motrin) as directed and have them rinse with warm salt water a few times per day. Schedule an appointment to have the tooth evaluated for an abscess, even if the pain tends to improve after a few days.
Chipped or Knocked-Out Tooth
Act quickly by placing the broken tooth fragment or tooth into a sealed container, completely submerged in milk or contact solution. Bring it to our office within the hour.
Use temporary dental cement from the drugstore to fill in the open area of your child’s tooth and ask them not to chew on that side of their mouth. Schedule an appointment as soon as possible to have the tooth repaired before it breaks further.
If your child is in braces, a broken wire or bracket can be extremely uncomfortable. Cover the area with orthodontic wax and schedule an appointment to have it corrected. If a wire is pressing into your child’s gums, call our office.
Broken Jaw or Facial Bones
If you suspect a fractured jaw or other broken bones, bring your child to the nearest hospital emergency room.
The mouth is highly vascular, meaning it can bleed quite heavily whether a tooth falls out or there’s an injury of some sort. Normally, bleeding will subside when mild pressure is applied for a few minutes. If the bleeding is severe and uncontrollable, bring your child to the emergency room.
Cut Tongue, Lip, or Cheek
If your child accidentally bites too hard into their lips, tongue, or cheek, apply firm but gentle pressure to the area with a clean cloth until bleeding subsides. For deep lacerations, bring your child in for an exam.