EMERGENCY INFO

In case of any dental emergency, please call our office as soon as possible at 416-233-5400. We are located in Etobicoke. If you need urgent treatment after hours, an emergency

contact number with instructions will be provided on our voicemail. We are always here to assist when your child's dental health is at risk.

Trauma

Why is my child’s front tooth dark and discolored?

The discoloration could mean that your child bumped his/her tooth and the impact has broken a blood vessel at the tip of the tooth's root. Sometimes the discoloration may occur several months after any significant trauma to the tooth. Take your child to a dentist right away to have the tooth examined and to check on the status of the root of the tooth.

 

What should I do if my child has bitten their cheek or tongue?

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

 

What if a tooth is chipped or fractured?

Contact our office immediately. Depending on the severity of the fracture, 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 you can find the broken tooth fragment, bring it with you to the dentist..

 

What should I do if my child's tooth is knocked out?

For your child’s baby teeth, in most instances, it is not recommended to be replanted if knocked out. There is always a risk of damaging the permanent tooth. In any case, contact our office as soon as possible.

In the case of your child’s permanent tooth, if the tooth is soiled, gently rinse it in cool water. Do not scrub it or clean it with soap. If possible, replace the tooth in the socket and hold it there with clean gauze or a washcloth.

 

If you can't put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container with milk, saliva, or water. Call our dental office immediately. (Call the emergency number if it is after hours.) The faster you act, the better your chances of saving the tooth.

 

For best results, the tooth must be replanted within one hour of the incident. If you wait any longer, the chances of the tooth being successfully replanted are poor, Teeth that have been knocked out will almost always require a root canal, but they can often survive for years if treated within one hour after the injury.

 

What should I do if my child has a toothache?

Call our office promptly to arrange for an appointment. To comfort your child, rinse their mouth with lukewarm water. Apply a cold compress or ice wrapped in a cloth. Do not put heat or aspirin on the sore area. Give your child some children's acetaminophen (Tylenol) if there are no allergies to the medication. Brush well after each meal and try to get any impacted food out of the cavity (by brushing or flossing). Ultimately, a toothache is indicative of a large cavity that will require treatment in a timely fashion.

 

Broken Braces and Wires

If a broken appliance can be removed easily, take it out. If it cannot, cover the sharp or protruding portion with dental wax, cotton balls, gauze or chewing gum. If a wire is stuck in the gums, cheek, or tongue, DO NOT remove it. Take the child to the dentist immediately. Loose or broken appliances that do not bother the child don't usually require emergency attention.

 

What if my child’s permanent teeth are erupting and the baby teeth haven’t fallen out yet?

In some cases, children’s first permanent teeth will begin to erupt prior to the baby teeth naturally falling out. This is often an early sign that your child’s teeth may be crowded in the future. An appointment should be scheduled in order to check on the status of the roots of the remaining baby teeth, as well as to assess and plan for future growth and space maintenance.

 

How can I prevent injuries to my child’s teeth?

If you have toddlers, make sure your house is childproof. This means sharp corners or protruding knobs and handles on furniture have been padded. When your child is in a stroller or car, make sure he/she is strapped in firmly. Never let your child stand on a seat or sit in your lap while you are in a car.

 

Mouth guards can prevent injuries in older children. Most dental injuries occur in your neighborhood, not on the gym floor or playing field, so a mouth guard should ideally be worn during all rough play, even if it's just in your own backyard. A properly fitted mouth guard, or mouth protector, is an important piece of athletic equipment that can help protect your child’s smile, and should be used during any activity that could result in a blow to the face or mouth. Ask our staff about custom and store-bought mouth protectors.