Dental Emergencies

Broken Tooth

Call your pediatric dentist immediately. Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area. Use a cold compress on the area to keep any swelling down if the lip was injured. If the fracture is large and possibly involves the nerve, immediate care is needed to minimize the risk for infection and more extensive dental treatment. If you can locate the fragment of the tooth, place it in milk and bring it with you to the dental office.

Knocked Out Baby Tooth

The tooth may have already been wiggly prior to the injury. If you are unsure, call your pediatric dentist as soon as possible. Unfortunately, re-implanting the tooth is not indicated due to the risk of damage to the developing adult teeth.

Knocked Out Adult Tooth

Hold the tooth by the crown (the part of the tooth you can see when the tooth is in place) and rinse off the root of the tooth with milk if it’s dirty. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If possible, gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket with finger pressure or by biting down on a wash cloth. If that isn’t possible, put the tooth in a cup of milk, saliva or water and get to your pediatric dentist immediately. Remember to take the tooth with you!

Objects Caught Between Teeth

Try to gently remove the object with dental floss; avoid cutting the gums. Never use a sharp instrument to remove any object that is stuck between your teeth. If you can’t dislodge the object using dental floss, contact your pediatric dentist.


Contact your pediatric dentist to set up a first available appointment. Rinse your child’s mouth with warm salt water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss to ensure that there is no food or other debris caught between the teeth. Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue. You can use over-the-counter children’s pain medication following the directions based on your child’s age and weight to help relieve the pain.

Broken Jaw

Apply cold compresses to control swelling. Go to your pediatric dentist or a hospital emergency department immediately.

Head Injury

Immediate medical attention is needed. Call an ambulance or get to the nearest hospital emergency room as quickly as possible. A severe blow to the head or jaw is considered dangerous and can even be life threatening. If urgent dental care is needed, please call your pediatric dentist. We are here to help and have an emergency number for after hours care.