If your child has an accident, please call our dentist’s office ASAP. If it is an after-hours emergency, our pager number will be given on the voicemail. The pager number is for true dental emergencies only, such as severe traumas or swellings. Please do not call this number for general dental questions, questions about an appointment, etc. In addition, this number is only for active patients on our records. If you have not been seen by Ballantyne Pediatric Dentistry, then you should contact the nearest ER, and then call our office during regular business hours to schedule a follow-up appointment.
If a permanent tooth is knocked out, gently rinse the tooth. (Do not scrub or brush the area or the tooth itself.) Replace the tooth in the socket if possible. If this is not impossible, place the tooth in a glass of milk or a clean wet cloth and come to the office immediately. If a permanent tooth is fractured, please bring in any pieces you can find. We should clarify that Dr. Scott L. Weinstein only re-implants adult, permanent teeth. Baby teeth are never re-implanted, and they are now the property of the tooth fairy.
Please keep in mind that children are not always accommodating to the busy schedules of adults. This can be exacerbated by an emergency. Please accept our apologies in advance should an emergency occur during your child’s appointment. Keep in mind that we will provide you the same, high-quality care should your child ever need emergency treatment.
It is difficult for a child to recognize the side effects of local anesthesia. They may chew on their cheek, lip, or tongue and this can lead to swelling and bleeding. Please keep an eye on your child for at least two hours following their appointment with local anesthesia.
Sealants cover the grooves on the biting surface of a tooth. They do not cover the sides and between teeth, and so a sealant cannot prevent all forms of decay. Even with sealants, it is still important to maintain good oral hygiene and monitor your child’s carbohydrate consumption. Sealants are not a full solution to cavity prevention and if your child chews on ice or hard candy, their teeth may fracture.
There may be some residual pain or bleeding after a dental cleaning. It is not because your child has been hurt. Sometimes to remove buildup, and if their hygiene has not been good, their gums can be tender afterward. A lukewarm saltwater rinse or children’s Tylenol or Motrin can help. Even if your child states that they are sore, it is still very important that they don’t stop brushing or flossing. This will only make the problem worse.