If your child faces a dental emergency, give us a call immediately.

If you need urgent treatment after hours, you can call our emergency number. We are always here to assist when your child’s dental health is at risk. Below are some tips on dealing with urgent dental situations.

toothache

Attempt to clean the area around the tooth that seems to be causing trouble for your child. If they are old enough to understand, instruct them to gargle and rinse their mouth thoroughly with warm water and help them use dental floss to dislodge any food particles that may be trapped around the tooth. Refrain from using a warm compress or applying aspirin topically on the tooth or gum. If pain persists, or if the child’s face becomes swollen, contact your child’s pediatric dentist immediately for an assessment.

BROKEN, CHIPPED, OR FRACTURED TOOTH

Chipped or fractured permanent tooth: Call your pediatric dentist right away. If possible, locate the chipped or broken fragments and bring them with you to the dentist in a cup of your child’s saliva or milk. Immediate action can save the tooth and prevent the need for extensive treatment. Using water only, rinse the child’s mouth and apply a cold compress to control inflammation.

Chipped or fractured primary tooth (“baby tooth”): Get in touch with your pediatric dentist for a recommendation.

knocked-out tooth

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth: In this situation, getting your child to a dentist immediately is your number one priority. In the meantime, do your best to preserve the tooth that has been dislodged. If possible, locate the tooth and rinse it with water only. Handle the tooth by the crown, not the roots, and whatever you do, DO NOT clean it with soap or a brush. Look for fractures or chips in the tooth and attempt to reinsert it into the socket. If your child is able, instruct he or she to bite down on folded gauze to hold the tooth in place, or have them place the tooth in their mouth (against the cheek) while you wait to be seen by your pediatric dentist. If your child is young or you’re having trouble reinserting the tooth, place it in a container with the patient’s saliva or a small amount of milk.or a special storage media for avulsed teeth if available (e.g. Hanks balanced storage medium or saline).

Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth—the patient must see a dentist right away!

Knocked out primary tooth (“baby tooth”):  This is not typically a dental emergency. Contact your pediatric dentist for their recommendation, but no need to panic—in most cases, treatment for this injury will not be necessary.

Cut or BITTEN LIP, tongue, or cheek 

Use ice to help control swelling around the affected area. To control bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure on the area with a clean cloth or gauze. If bleeding persists and becomes uncontrollable, call your doctor or go to the emergency room for immediate help.

OBJECT CAUGHT IN TEETH

If your child has something caught between his or her teeth, use dental floss to gently remove it. Never use a metal, plastic, or sharp tool to remove a stuck object. If you are unable to remove the item with dental floss, give us a call.

BROKEN JAW/head trauma 

Possible Broken or Fractured Jaw: If you know or suspect your child has sustained a broken jaw, use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Immediately take your child to the nearest emergency room for evaluation. Gently keep the jaw as still as possible.

Severe head trauma or concussion: Severe blows to the head can be dangerous and even life-threatening.Immediately take your child to the nearest emergency room for evaluation.

AVOIDING INJURY

You can help your child avoid dental emergencies. Child-proof your house to avoid falls. Don't let your child chew on ice, popcorn kernels, or other hard foods. Always use car seats for young children and require seatbelts for older children. And if your child plays contact sports, have him or her wear a mouthguard. (Ask us about creating a custom-fitted mouthguard for your child.) Finally, prevent toothaches with regular brushing, flossing, and visits to our office.