When your child breaks a permanent tooth, it’s normal to feel afraid and overwhelmed. If the injury occurs during normal business hours, please call our dental office immediately. For after-hours dental emergencies, you should still call us at (952) 715-6177 right away and follow the recorded instructions to get in touch with our dentists in Apple Valley, MN.
A phone call to our dental office is critical because we can help you determine whether your child needs to come in right away or whether the injury is minor enough to wait a few business days.
Regardless of the severity of the break, however, you can still take a few important steps to help your child.
Steps To Take If Your Child Breaks A Tooth
First, have them rinse their mouth out with water to clean the area. Avoid soap or mouthwash and stick to plain, room-temperature water.
Second, if your child is in pain, use an over-the-counter pain reliever such as acetaminophen to reduce their symptoms. Additionally, to minimize irritation and further injury, have your child avoid chewing directly on that tooth or that side of their mouth.
Lastly, if you can retrieve your child’s missing tooth fragment and bring it to their emergency dentistry appointment, there’s a chance our dental team in Apple Valley, MN can reattach it through a simple technique called dental bonding. Try to avoid touching the fragment directly and instead use a clean tissue or cloth to handle it. Place the tooth in a clean bag or container for transport.
Contact Our Office To Book Your Appointment
If you have additional questions about caring for your child’s broken tooth, don’t hesitate to contact our emergency dentists in Apple Valley, MN today!