Stay Calm and Give Us a Call!
For a dental emergency after hours, please call us and leave a detailed message of the emergency. The doctor on call will contact you as soon as possible.
For severe trauma resulting in a concussion, lacerations or possible broken bones of the face please go directly to the emergency room. The emergency room physician can call our office and leave a message for us to consult with them should the injury require future dental treatment.
More Dental Emergencies
- Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek
- Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
- Broken Tooth
- Bleeding After Baby Tooth Falls Out
What should I do if my child has a cut or bitten tongue, lip or cheek?
Apply ice to bruised areas. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a clean gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes, or if it cannot be controlled by simple pressure, take the child to a hospital emergency room.
What should I do if my child falls and knocks out a permanent tooth?
The most important thing to do is to remain calm. Then find the tooth. Hold it by the crown rather than the root and try to reinsert it in the socket. If that is not possible, put the tooth in a glass of milk and take your child and the glass immediately to the pediatric dentist. Do not insert a baby tooth back in the mouth.
What should I do if my child has a toothache?
First, rinse the irritated area with warm salt water and place a cold compress on the face if it is swollen. Give the child acetaminophen for any pain, rather than placing aspirin on the teeth or gums. Finally, see a dentist as soon as possible.
What should I do if my child has a broken tooth?
Rinse dirt from injured area with warm water. Place a cold compress over the face in the area of the injury. Locate and save any broken tooth fragments. Finally, call a dentist as soon as possible.
What if my child is bleeding after baby tooth falls out?
Fold and pack a clean gauze, cloth or tea bag over the bleeding area. Have the child bite on the gauze with pressure for 15 minutes. This may be repeated once; if bleeding persists, call a dentist.