Emergency Care

When your child needs urgent dental treatment, our team is here to help! Please keep our office number available and convenient.

Baby Tooth Knocked Out
Contact us as soon as possible. The baby tooth should not be re-inserted because of the potential for subsequent damage to the developing permanent tooth.

Permanent (Adult) Tooth Knocked Out
Find the tooth and rinse is gently in cool water. DO NOT clean it with soap – use only water! DO NOT scrub the tooth! If possible, replace the tooth in the socket immediately and hold it there with a clean gauze or 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. Contact our office IMMEDIATELY. TIME IS CRITICAL in this situation; the faster you act, the better your chances of saving the tooth.

Broken and Chipped Tooth
Contact us immediately. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse the mouth.

Loose Tooth
If your child has any trauma to the mouth, causing any teeth to become loose, contact us immediately. Depending on the severity of the blow, we may allow the tooth to “tighten up” on its own, or we may need to bond the tooth to uninjured teeth for support until it heals. Consequences of trauma to a tooth may include a darkening in color and/or abscess. This may happen immediately, or it may happen several years after the traumatic incident. If the tooth eventually abscesses, it will require further treatment.

Lacerated (cut) Lip, Cheek or Tongue
Apply pressure to stop or slow the bleeding. If the wound is severe or does not stop bleeding, contact us or go to your local Emergency Department immediately. The wound may require stitches to stop the bleeding, prevent infection and to help it heal properly.