Dental Emergencies

Dr. Massey has extensive training in handling children's dental emergencies in Metairie. She completed a research project on dental trauma, which involved reviewing hundreds of dental emergency cases and their outcomes. While many emergencies can wait until the next day, there are some dental injuries where immediate treatment is beneficial.

Here are a few quick tips:

  • Any tooth injury – Call our office immediately and we will help guide you!
  • A baby tooth is knocked out – Never reimplant a baby tooth, as there is a risk of damage to the permanent tooth underneath.
  • A permanent tooth is knocked out – Attempt to put the tooth back in the socket (without forcing it) or place it in milk until you arrive at our office.
  • Chipped tooth – Always attempt to save the tooth fragment and store it in milk until you see Dr. Massey.
  • Toothache –Monitor for swelling, which may indicate infection, and call us if that occurs. Never place aspirin on the gum tissue. It is best to avoid topical anesthetic products, especially under age two.
  • Remember – Always wear a mouthguard when playing sports to prevent tooth injury!

You may call our office anytime for guidance on what to do if your child has an injury to the mouth. In cases where head trauma or loss of consciousness may have occurred, always seek treatment at the nearest emergency room right away.