Albuquerque's Trusted Source for Emergency Pediatric Dental Care
At Meckler Pediatric Dentistry, we strive to provide the highest quality in pediatric dental care while maintaining a welcoming, easygoing office environment. Our dentist, Dr. Meckler, has years of experience dealing with conditions ranging from the most urgent emergencies to the smallest issues, and our friendly, highly trained team knows how to make every visit to our office a pleasant experience for everyone. While we place a strong emphasis on preventative care, sometimes accidents happen – and when they do, we're here to help.
Emergency Pediatric Dental Care
We know that some of these issues can be scary when they arise – but don't worry. We're here to help, and we'll do whatever is necessary to have your little one feeling healthy and strong as quickly as possible. You can always call us with questions, but as a resource, here's a list of some of the most common dental issues we encounter and what to do about them.
This is a remarkably common issue and can usually be dealt with at home. Start by cleaning the area around the sore tooth with warm salt water, and then rinsing the mouth to clear away any food particles lodged between teeth. Be sure to avoid aspirin for a toothache – instead, opt for acetaminophen for temporary relief. If your child's face starts to swell, try applying a cold compress to the area. Whatever happens, be sure to call us as soon as possible so we can make an appointment and resolve the issue.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek
For immediate comfort, ice is your best friend. Ice the bruised area and the area around it to numb the pain and keep swelling down. To stop the bleeding, apply gentle pressure to the cut with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If you can't stop the bleeding within 15 minutes, it's time for a trip to the emergency room.
This may seem catastrophic, but it actually happens pretty frequently. Rinse the area thoroughly with warm water, and then apply a cold compress on the area of the face over the broken tooth. Recover any fragments of the tooth that you can and call us immediately. If it’s outside of our office hours, we'd recommend going ahead to the emergency room.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
This is another issue that can seem like the end of the world, but it's much more common than you'd think. It’s still urgent though, and it requires you to act fast. The first thing to do is recover the missing tooth, being sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root. If possible, try to reinsert the tooth into the socket. If this isn't possible or the tooth is dirty, carry it in a cup filled with milk or water. Call us immediately, and if we aren't open, head straight to the emergency room – time is of the essence in this case.
Potential Broken Jaw
This is on the serious side, but it's manageable if you move quickly. If you think the jaw might be injured, tie the mouth closed with a towel, tie or handkerchief, and go to the emergency room immediately. As soon as a doctor there has seen your child, call us to give us an update, and we'll decide on the best course of action.
Bleeding After A Baby Tooth Falls Out
This isn't too much to worry about. Simply fold up a piece of gauze and place it on the bleeding area, having your child bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes. If bleeding continues, give us a call.
Cold and Canker Sores
This is a common issue, and for the most part, over-the-counter medications can relieve pain or discomfort. If the sores persist or become a bigger problem, come see us.
Contact Meckler Pediatric Dentistry
Have more questions about how to best care for your child's teeth or need to get in touch about one of these issues? We're always here to help. Feel free to call us at 505-878-0700 or reach out to us at our contact page with any questions or to schedule an appointment at our Albuquerque, NM office. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you child achieve and maintain a beautiful, clean, healthy smile!