dental emergencies

If your child needs emergency treatment, please contact the office as early in the day as possible. After scheduled office hours, call our office number which will you give you the information needed to contact the doctor on call. If you reach our answering service, they will assist you in contacting the doctor. This doctor may not be a pediatric dentist.

dental emergency tips

THE FIRST THING TO REMEMBER IS STAY CALM. Injuries to the mouth face and teeth happen frequently in children. Remaining calm and taking prompt action will help minimize the damaging effects of the injury, and lessen your child's discomfort.

SECOND, assess whether or not your child's injury involved hitting the head causing them to lose consciousness even for a brief moment. If this is the case, your child should see a physician immediately. Worry about the mouth and teeth later.

THIRD, try to stop any bleeding with a clean washcloth or gauze. As you do this, check for broken teeth and/or missing teeth. If there are missing teeth look for them.

knocked out teeth

For permanent teeth - Find the tooth. Handle the tooth by the crown, not root. If the tooth is dirty, gently rinse in cold water, but DO NOT scrub or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Try to replace the tooth in the socket. Have child hold the tooth in place by closing on a gauze pad or washcloth. Of it not possible to replace the tooth, place the tooth in a cup of milk, or cool water. Contact the dentist. Time is important for saving the tooth. For primary (baby) teeth - Teeth are not re-implanted. The tooth fairy will be at work prematurely.

broken tooth

Gently clean or rinse dirt away from the area around the break. Place a cold compress on the face in the area of the broken tooth to minimize lip or facial swelling. If the fracture is more than one-half of the tooth, contact the dentist.


Clean the area around the tooth. Rinse the mouth with warm salt water and use the toothbrush and floss to remove any food around the tooth. DO NOT place aspirin on the gums or tooth. This will cause a burn to the gum tissues. If there is swelling, apply cold to the outside of the face. Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain. Call the dentist.

bitten tounge, lip, or cheek

If there is bleeding apply gentle pressure with cloth or gauze. Apply an ice compress to the injured area. If bleeding does not stop in reasonable amount of time, go to the emergency room. If no bleeding, keep area clean.

bleeding after baby tooth falls out

Fold a gauze or clean washcloth over bleeding area. Keep in place for fifteen minutes, and then repeat as necessary.

cold or canker sores/ulcers

Some children will get these periodically. Placing over the counter medications will usually give some relief. These generally last for about a week but if they persist, or are extreme, see the dentist.