Pediatric Dental Emergencies

pediatric dental emergencies

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 tips on dealing with urgent dental situations. You may want to display this list on your refrigerator or store it near your emergency phone numbers for easy reference.


If your child complains of a toothache, rinse his or her mouth with warm water and inspect the teeth to be sure there is nothing caught between them. If pain continues, use a cold compress to ease the pain. Do not apply heat or any kind of aspirin or topical pain reliever directly to the affected area, as this can cause damage to the gums. Children's Motrin or Tylenol may be taken orally. Schedule an appointment promptly.

Bitten Lip or Tongue

Gently clean the injured area and apply ice/cold compress to reduce swelling.  Apply direct pressure if the area is bleeding.  If bleeding continues after 15 minutes, go to a hospital emergency room promptly.

Broken or Knocked Out Baby Tooth

Contact our office immediately.  Rinse the mouth with warm water to clean the area.  Apply direct pressure with gauze or a clean cloth.  Bleeding can also be stopped by biting on a wet tea bag for 2-5 minutes.  Bring the tooth with you when you come into our office.

Chipped or Cracked Permanent Tooth

Contact our office immediately.  Rinse the mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling.  If possible, bring the broken tooth fragments with you.  Quick action can help to prevent infection, possibly reduce the need for extensive dental treatment and can save the tooth.

Knocked-Out Permanent Tooth

Find the tooth and hold it by the park that shows in the mouth.  Do not scrub, clean or disturb the tooth in any way.  You may rinse it in milk or cool water.  Try to hold the tooth in the tooth socket, holding it in place with a clean cloth.  If this isn't possible, put the tooth in a clean container with cold milk, saliva, or water.  Call our office immediately (and remember to bring the tooth with you).

Loose Tooth

If your child has a very loose tooth, it should be removed to avoid being swallowed or inhaled.

Severe Head or Jaw Injury

Go the your hospital emergency room immediately.