Emergency Pediatric Dentist

How to Handle Dental Emergencies

If you find yourself in need of an emergency pediatric dentist

Don’t worry if you have a dental emergency. Each location always has a dentist and dental assistant on call after hours. Call our main number and follow the prompts for emergency services.

Unfortunately, we’re unable to provide emergency services to anyone who is not a current patient.

Contact your pediatric dentist as soon as possible. The baby tooth should not be replanted; that can potentially damage the developing permanent tooth.

Find the tooth if possible. Handle it by the crown, not by the root. Rinse it gently in cool water. (Do not scrub or clean it with soap — use only water!) If possible, replace the tooth in the socket immediately and hold it there with clean gauze or a washcloth. If you can’t put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container with cold milk. Get to the pediatric dental office immediately. (Call the emergency number if it’s after hours.) The faster you act, the better your chances of saving the 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 compresses to reduce swelling if the lip also was injured. If you can find the broken tooth fragment, place it in cold milk or water and bring it with you to the dental office.

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. Over-the-counter children’s pain medication, dosed according to your child’s weight and age, can help ease the symptoms. If the face is swollen, apply a cold compress or ice wrapped in a cloth in the area of the pain, but do not put heat or aspirin on the sore area. If the pain persists, call your pediatric dentist immediately. 
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek: Apply ice to injured areas 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.
Severe Blow to the Head: Call 9-1-1 immediately or take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room.
Possible Broken or Fractured Jaw: Keep the jaw from moving and take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room.