In case of emergency, please call 636-777-7777 and our answering service will immediately put you in touch with Dr. Sedighi.
Do's and Don't of Dental Trauma
When your child needs emergency dental care, your pediatric dentist is always ready to help. Please keep the emergency number, (636-777-7777), in a convenient location at home.
Q. What should I do if my child's baby tooth is knocked out?
A. See Dr. Sedighi as soon as possible. DO NOT REPLANT THE TOOTH.
Q. What should I do if my child's adult tooth is knocked out?
A. Locate the tooth and rinse it gently in cool water only (DO NOT SCRUB IT). DO NOT hold the tooth by its roots. If possible, replace the tooth in it's socket and hold it with a clean gauze or cloth (best option) OR...
Option 2- store the tooth in a clean container with milk
Option 3- store the tooth in a clean container of water or saline water
The tooth needs to be stabilized by Dr. Sedighi as soon as possible. If the tooth is replanted and stabilized within 30 minutes the survival rate of the tooth is 90 percent, 30-60 minutes the survival rate is 75 percent.
Q. What do I do for a chipped or broken tooth?
A. Rinse the mouth with clean cool water. Apply direct pressure to the bleeding area with a clean cloth. If swelling is present, apply a cold compress. Call Dr. Sedighi as soon as possible.
Q. What can I do for my child's toothache?
A. Call your dentist. DO NOT put heat or aspirin on the tooth. Give your child children's tylenol for pain and see Dr. Sedighi as soon as possible.
Q. What if I suspect a broken jaw?
A. Do not move the jaw. Secure the jaw in place by tying a handkerchief around the jaw and over the top of the head. Go to the hospital or call your pediatric dentist.
Q. How can I prevent dental injuries?
A. First, reduce oral injuries in sports by wearing a mouth guard. Second, always use a car seat or a seat belt for your child in the car. Third, child proof your home. Fourth, your child should have a routine and regular dental visits with a pediatric dentist every six months.