Dental Emergencies

Pediatric Emergency Dentist

What should I do if my child’s baby tooth is knocked out?

mouth with knocked out tooth

Contact our office as soon as possible. The baby tooth should NOT be replanted because of the potential for subsequent damage to the developing permanent tooth.

What should I do if my child’s permanent tooth is knocked out?

mouth with knocked out tooth

Find the tooth and rinse it gently with cool water. Do NOT scrub or clean it with soap – use water only. If possible, replace the tooth in the socket immediately and hold it there with clean gauze or a wash cloth. If you can’t put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container with cold milk, saliva or water. Get to the dental office immediately. The faster you act, the better your chances of saving the tooth.

What if a tooth is chipped or fractured?

smiling child

Contact the office 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.

What about a severe blow to the head or a jaw fracture?

 You need immediate medical attention. A severe head injury can be life threatening. Keep in mind that an emergency medical team might be able to reach you faster than you can get to the hospital.

What if my child has a toothache?

Call the office. To comfort your child, rinse the mouth with water. Over the counter children’s pain medication, dose according to your child’s weight and age, might ease the symptoms. You may apply a cold compress or ice wrapped in a cloth to the face in the area of the pain, buy do not put heat or aspirin on the sore area.

Adult Teeth Coming in Behind Baby Teeth Baby Teeth

open mouth with teeth

This is a very common occurrence with children, usually the result of a lower, primary (baby) tooth not falling out when the permanent tooth is coming in. In most cases if the child starts wiggling the baby tooth, it will usually fall out on its own within two months. If it doesn’t, then contact your pediatric dentist, where they can easily remove the tooth. The permanent tooth should then slide into the proper place.