What Should I Do in the Event of a Dental Emergency?


Clean the affected area thoroughly. Help your child rinse vigorously with warm water. You may need to use dental floss to dislodge impacted food or debris. DO NOT place aspirin on the gum or on the aching tooth. If your child’s face is swollen, apply a cold compress and please call us right away! The doctors may need to examine the child or place them on an antibiotic.

For a cut or bitten tongue, lip or cheek, immediately apply ice to the area. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with clean gauze or cloth. If bleeding doesn’t subside after fifteen minutes, or it cannot be controlled with pressure, CALL US RIGHT AWAY and take your child to a hospital emergency room.

First, make every effort to find the tooth. Handle the tooth by the edge/crown area. Avoid touching the root portion. You may rinse the tooth by DO NOT clean or handle it unnecessarily. Inspect the tooth for fractures. If it is sound, try to reinsert it in it’s socket. After the tooth is in place, your child must sit very still and hold the tooth in place by biting firmly on gauze or cloth. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, gently place the tooth in a cup with either your child’s saliva, milk or a mixture of both. Call us right away. Time is a critical factor.