Dental Emergencies

Below are some of the most common dental emergencies we see and treat here at our pediatric dental clinic, and what you can do to minimize complications and discomfort before you see us:

  • Bite or cut on cheek, lip, or tongue: If anything is bleeding, apply firm, gentle pressure with a clean cloth or sterile gauze pad. You can apply an ice pack to any bruises. Report to the nearest emergency room if you can’t stop the bleeding in 15 minutes.
  • Broken jaw: Place a towel on your child’s mouth to keep it closed and go to the nearest emergency room.
  • Broken tooth: Collect tooth fragments if possible and go to the ER or contact us for an urgent appointment. Place a cold pack over the injury and have your child rinse the affected area with warm water.
  • Canker and cold sores: Non-prescription remedies from a drugstore typically work well for these problems.
  • Excess bleeding after losing a baby tooth: Place a piece of gauze in your child’s mouth and have him or her bite down hard for 15 minutes. Go to the ER if bleeding doesn’t stop in 15 minutes.
  • Lost permanent tooth: If you can locate the tooth, hold tooth from the top and rinse it. If still intact, place the tooth in the socket and use a piece of clean gauze or a cloth to hold it in place. If this is not possible, place it in a cup of water or milk and transport your child to the ER or contact us immediately.
  • Toothache: Give your child warm salt water with which to swish and rinse to help loosen stuck food. For younger children, rub the warm salt water on teeth and gums yourself. Do not give your child aspirin. If you notice facial swelling, apply a cold pack. Please schedule a follow-up appointment with us as soon as you can.

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