How to Handle Your Child's Dental Emergency

If you have a dental emergency, contact us at 508-695-2064, Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 5pm.

We ALWAYS have doctors on call after hours
For a dental emergency after hours, please dial 508-695-2064 and leave a detailed message of the emergency for the doctor on call. 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.

Typical Dental Emergencies for Kids

•  Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek
•  Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
•  Toothache
•  Broken Tooth
•  Possible Broken Jaw
•  Bleeding After Baby Tooth Falls Out
•  Cold/Canker Sores

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.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
Find the tooth. Handle the tooth by the top (crown), not the root position. You may rinse the tooth but do not rinse or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Try to reinsert it in its socket. Have the child hold the tooth in place by biting it on a clean gauze or cloth. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing milk or a SAV-A-TOOTH KIT. See a dentist IMMEDIATELY (Don’t forget the tooth). Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth. DO NOT INSERT A BABY TOOTH BACK IN THE MOUTH.

Tooth Ache
Clean the area around the sore tooth thoroughly. Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm salt water or use dental floss to dislodge trapped food or debris. DO NOT place aspirin on the gum or the aching tooth. If face is swollen, apply a cold compress. Take acetaminophen for pain and see a dentist as soon as possible.

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. Immediate dental attention is necessary.

Possible Broken Jaw
If a fractured jaw is suspected, try to keep the jaws from moving by using a towel, tie, or handkerchief, then take the child to the nearest hospital emergency room.

Bleeding After Baby Tooth Falls Out
Fold and pack a clean gauze or cloth over the bleeding area. Have the child bite on the gauze with pressure for 15 minutes. This may be repeated once; if bleeding persists, see a dentist.

Cold/Canker Sores
Many children occasionally suffer form “cold” of “canker” sores. Usually over-the-counter preparations give relief. Because some serious diseases may begin as sores, it is important to have a dental evaluation if these sore persist.

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