Vernon Pediatric Dentistry will be available in the event of a patient emergency. Below is some guidance for assessing whether a dental problem at home warrants contacting an on-call doctor. If you feel at all concerned for your child’s dental health and believe it is a true dental emergency, please contact our office for an emergency appointment. If it is after office hours, please call our office line for after-hours instructions on how to get in touch with the on-call doctor.

Tooth Ache

For temporary pain relief, children’s acetaminophen or children’s ibuprofen is recommended. If it is a dental infection (dental abscess), it will not go away by itself, and the child will need to be seen by Dr. Vernon as soon as possible.

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek

Ice can be applied 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, go to an emergency room.

Broken Tooth

Recover any broken tooth fragments. Call the office immediately.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

Recover the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root end. Rinse, but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. Reinsert the tooth in the socket 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 milk or water. Because time is essential, call the office immediately!

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