Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Call the office for advice. We will want to know whether it's a baby tooth or a permanent tooth and how much of the tooth is chipped. It is also important to be able to let us know if the tooth is displaced or not and if the dental pulp (nerve) is exposed. If the tooth is a permanent tooth, try to recover any broken tooth fragments and put them in milk. Seek immediate dental advice.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
First make sure the knocked out tooth is a permanent tooth (primary teeth should not be reimplanted).
Keep your child as calm as possible. Locate the tooth and pick it up only by the crown (the part that shows in the mouth). Do not touch the root.
If the tooth is dirty, rinse it for no more than 10 seconds under cold running water and do not try to scrape any debris off of the root. The root has attached tissue that is vital for reimplantation. Put the tooth back into the socket. Bite on a towel to hold it in place.
If it is not possible to reimplant the tooth into the socket, place the tooth in a glass of cold white milk or a special storage media for avulsed teeth (e.g. Hanks balanced storage medium, Sav-A-Tooth, or saline). The tooth can also be transported in the mouth, between the lip/cheek and gum. If this is not possible, have the child spit into a container and place the tooth in it. Avoid storage in water****.
Call our office immediately.
Possible Broken Jaw
In the event of jaw injury, tie the mouth closed with a towel, tie or handkerchief. Go immediately to the emergency room at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek
Ice or a cold cloth can be applied to any bruised areas. For bleeding, apply firm (but gentle) pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues after 15 minutes, call the office for advice. You may be instructed to come into the office or go to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
Begin by cleaning around the sore tooth meticulously. If your child is able to rinse with warm water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between teeth. Try to floss in between the sore tooth and the adjacent teeth. Check for any swelling on the gum tissue surrounding the tooth. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you use aspirin on the aching tooth or on the gum. In the event of facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. For temporary pain relief, Tylenol or Motrin/Advil is recommended. See a pediatric dentist as soon as possible.
Canker or Cold Sores
Over-the-counter medications and anti-inflammatory analgesics will usually provide temporary relief. If sores persist, let our office know. Sores generally last about 10-14 days and can be very painful. Avoid acidic foods and beverages and mint-flavored toothpastes. Canker sores are not transmissible. Please let Dr. Enright or Dr. Piedad know if your child has recurrent bouts of canker sores.
Cold sores are caused by the herpes virus and are generally preceeded by a primary herpes infection. A crusted sore will appear on the lip after a prodromal period in which the lip tingles and is sore for a few days. Because the virus stays dormant in the body, recurrent outbreaks can occur. Outbreaks can be precipitated by exposure to various foods and sunlight. The herpes virus is transmissible and kissing and sharing of glasses and eating utensils should be avoided during time of active infection.
Call us at 404-351-7336. Follow the instructions given on our voicemail. If it is after hours or on the weekend in order to reach our doctor on call.
Welcome to the pediatric dental office of Drs. Catharine A. Enright,
Stacy T. Piedad and Laura Richardson located in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, Georgia. Superior oral health is vital for a child’s development, and we’re here to help every step of the way.
We are committed to making your child’s first dental visit a pleasant and comfortable one. We understand the importance of establishing a good oral hygiene regimen early in a child’s life, and we provide children with the necessary knowledge and treatment to maintain a healthy smile.
Our mission is to provide a dental home for our patients. Along with the American Dental Association, The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics we recommend the age one dental visit so that we can educate and instruct families in proper oral health care for their children. We believe in the prevention, not just treatment, of dental disease and malocclusion in children from birth through high school age. Our goals are to make your child’s experience in our office a positive one which is free of anxiety and fear and to promote oral health which will last a lifetime.
Why Choose a Pediatric Dentist?
Pediatric Dentistry is one of the nine recognized dental specialties of the American Dental Association. Our doctors have completed two years of additional specialized training (after the required four years of dental school) to prepare them for treating a wide variety of children’s dental problems. Drs. Enright, Piedad and Richardson are also trained and qualified to care for patients with special health care needs. Both of our doctors are board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry meaning they have not only successfully completed accredited training, but have also undergone a voluntary examination designed to continually validate the knowledge, skills & experience requisite to the delivery of quality patient care.
Everyone at Buckhead Pediatric Dentistry uses positive reinforcement and child friendly descriptions to help your child feel at ease during the dental procedure. We make individualized recommendations depending on your child’s age, ability to cooperate, and type of treatment needed. The treatments provided take the dental needs and behavioral aspects into consideration.
To learn more, visit The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
We are available to serve you, answer questions or schedule an appointment during the following hours:
Monday – Thursday:
7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Monday – Thursday:
7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.