Dental Emergency

Most of the time, dental emergencies in children fall into two categories: accidental injuries to the mouth and teeth, or dental infections that trigger swelling and discomfort. No one wants to see a child in pain, and dental trauma can leave a parent feeling helpless and confused . In the event of an emergency,  we are here to help. Call our office immediately for advice or care. Calls outside of office hours will be given emergency contact information so a staff member is always within reach. Read below for help in dealing with some common situations.


Clean the area of the affected tooth. Rinse the mouth thoroughly with warm water or use dental floss to dislodge any food that may be impacted. If the face is swollen, apply cold compress and contact your dentist immediately.

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek: 

Apply ice to injured area to help control swelling. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a gauze or cloth. If bleeding cannot be controlled by simple pressure, call a doctor or visit the hospital emergency room.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth: 

If possible, find the tooth. Handle it by the crown, not by the root. You may rinse the tooth with water only. DO NOT clean with soap, scrub or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Inspect the tooth for fractures. If it is sound, try to reinsert it in the socket. Have the patient hold the tooth in place by biting on a tissue. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing the patient's saliva or milk. If the patient is old enough, the tooth may also be carried in the patient's mouth (beside the cheek). The patient must see a dentist IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.

Knocked Out Baby Tooth:

Contact your pediatric dentist. This is not usually an emergency, and in most cases, no treatment is necessary.

Chipped or Fractured Permanent Tooth: 

Contact your pediatric dentist immediately. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compress to reduce swelling. If possible, locate and save any broken tooth fragments and bring them with you to the dentist.

Severe Blow to the face/Possible Broken or Fractured Jaw:

Keep the jaw from moving and take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room.