Helena Children’s Emergency Dentist
Need Help? In Pain? Have an Accident?
Any type of emergency is stressful enough, but when it’s a dental emergency that concerns your child, that stress is easily 10-times more intense! For the people of Helena, however, they can breathe a little easier knowing that Kalmor Dental offers comprehensive emergency dentistry for children. Should your child ever need dental care immediately, just give us a call, and we’ll work to see them as quickly as possible.
Why Dr. Coplin Is Uniquely Qualified to Help
Dr. Coplin has been completely dedicated to serving children for nearly 15 years, so when it comes to handling pediatric dental emergencies and calming frayed nerves, he’s been there and done that! He’s also invested in some of the most advanced dental technology available today, enabling him to find, diagnose, and treat dental problems as fast as possible. Plus, unlike your local ER, he’ll work to see your child right away instead of making you wait for hours.
Types of Dental Emergencies & What to Do
Here are a few tips on how to handle some of the most common dental emergencies. Be sure to do these only AFTER you have called our office!
If your child says they have a toothache, you can help initially by meticulously cleaning around the sore tooth. You can do this by either rinsing out their mouth with warm salt water or gently running a piece of dental floss between their teeth. However, what you should NOT do is place aspirin directly on their tooth or gums, as this can damage them. If there is any facial swelling, use a cold compress in 10-minute intervals or an OTC medication to address it.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek
Start by placing ice or a bag of frozen vegetables on the affected area. To help with any bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure using either a clean rag or gauze. If your child continues to bleed after 15 minutes of applying pressure, be sure to head straight to your nearest emergency room.
Have your child gently rinse the area with warm water, and then place a cold compress on their face near the injury. Try to recover any tooth fragments that you can before giving us a call.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
Do your best to find the tooth, and only pick it up by the crown (top) and not the root. Gently rinse the tooth off while NOT disturbing any tissue on the root. Try to place the tooth back into your child’s mouth and stabilize it using a piece of gauze or cloth. If this isn’t possible, place the tooth in a container of either milk or saltwater. The tooth must remain wet until we can see them to keep it viable for reattachment. Time is of the essence in this situation, so make sure you come to our office as soon as you can!
Possible Broken Jaw
If you believe that your child has suffered a broken jaw, tie their mouth closed with a towel, shoelace, or belt. Afterward, head straight to your closest emergency room.
Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out
Take a piece of gauze, fold it tightly, and place it over the bleeding area. Have your child bite down on it, and if the bleeding doesn’t stop after 15 minutes, give us a call right away.
Cold or Canker Sores
All pharmacies sell products that can help lessen the pain and time your child has to deal with a cold or canker sore. If either of these sores last for more than two weeks, you can give us a call for help.
While removing a tooth is never our first choice, sometimes, it is simply the best thing we can do to protect a child’s oral and overall health. An extraction is usually necessary if:
- A tooth is too damaged to be restored
- Gum disease has deteriorated the bone supporting a tooth
- A baby tooth refuses to fall out naturally
- A baby tooth is blocking the path of an erupting adult tooth
In any case, should your child ever need an extraction, Dr. Coplin will use a gentle touch and sedation to make sure they are comfortable from beginning to end.