For more information on what to do in an emergency situation, see our Dental Emergency page

Emergency Care

What to do in dental emergency?

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

Find the tooth and rinse it gently in cool water. (Do not scrub or clean it with soap — use only water!)

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 pediatric dental office immediately. (Call the emergency number if it’s after hours.)

The faster you act, the better your chances of saving the tooth.

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

Contact your pediatric dentist as soon as possible.

The baby tooth should not be replanted because of the potential for subsequent damage to the developing permanent tooth.

What if a tooth is chipped or fractured?

Contact your pediatric dentist 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 jaw fracture?

You need immediate medical attention.

Keep in mind that an emergency medical team might be able to reach you faster than you can get to the hospital.

A severe head injury can be life-threatening

What if my child has a toothache?

Call our office immediately.

Over-the-counter children’s pain medication, dosed 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, but do not put heat or aspirin on the sore area.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is a great source of information about pediatric dentistry.