Frequently Asked Questions

Emergency Care

For our patients of record, we offer 24 hour emergency care if your child should need urgent dental treatment. Please keep our office number available and convenient: 503-292-9274

Q What should I do if my child’s baby tooth is knocked out?
A Contact our office as soon as possible and locate the tooth to be assured the tooth has not been swallowed. If the baby tooth has been completely knocked out of the mouth, re-inserting the baby tooth is not recommended as this may pose harm to the underlying permanent tooth.
Q What should I do if my child’s permanent tooth is knocked out?
A Contact our office immediately. Find the tooth and rinse it gently and briefly in a cup of cool water. If possible and providing your child is not likely to swallow the tooth, re-insert the tooth in the socket and hold it in place with a clean gauze or washcloth. If you are unable to hold the tooth in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container with milk. While cold milk is ideal, transporting the tooth in a container with the child’s saliva or water are options if you feel you cannot re-insert the tooth.
Q What if a tooth is chipped or fractured?
A Contact our office immediately. If treated quickly, the Doctor may be able to 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 when you are seen.
Q What about a severe blow to the head or jaw fracture?
A Go immediately to the emergency room of your local hospital. These types of injuries can be very serious or life threatening.
Q What if my child has a toothache?
A Contact our office as soon as possible. To comfort your child, rinse the mouth with water. A cold compress or ice wrapped in a cloth can relieve the discomfort. Please do not put heat or aspirin on the sore area.