Pediatric Dental Emergencies



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 on the aching tooth. If face is swollen, apply a cold compress. Take Acetaminophen for pain and see Dr. Parker as soon as possible.

Cut or Bruised Tongue, Lip or Cheek

Apply ice to bruised areas. If there is bleeding, apply a firm but gentle pressure with clean gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or it cannot be controlled by simple pressure, call Dr. Parker’s office or take the child to a hospital emergency room.

Broken or Chipped Tooth

Rinse dirt from injured area with warm water. Place cold compresses over the face in the area of the injury. Locate and save any broken tooth fragments. Immediate dental attention is necessary.

Knocked Out Baby Tooth

It is not necessary to try to reinsert a baby tooth. 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, call Dr. Parker.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

Find the tooth.  Handle the tooth by the top (crown), not the root portion. You may rinse the tooth, but DO NOT clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Try to reinsert it in its socket.  Have the child hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean gauze or cloth. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing milk or water.  See Dr. Parker IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.

Displaced Tooth

Should your child sustain an injury causing the tooth to be displaced, but not completely knocked out, call our office. 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, call Dr. Parker.

Swelling in My Child’s Mouth

Should any part of your child’s mouth, lips, face or jaw begin swelling, it is important to call our office. Infection can be a trigger to cause swelling. If swelling is severe enough to affect the eye area, if your child is having trouble swallowing or begins to run a fever, go directly to the emergency room.  

Cold/Canker Sores

Many children occasionally suffer from “cold” or “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 sores persist.

Sensitive Teeth

These are not uncommon and can be a sign of anything from a sinus headache to more serious problems such as teeth grinding, cavities, loose fillings or gum disease. Whether pain lasts for a short time and is caused by hot or cold elements, or if it lasts longer, have your child examined by Dr. Parker.

Objects Caught Between Teeth

Should your child get an object stuck between their teeth, place dental floss carefully between the teeth in the affected area to remove the object. Follow with a warm water rinse. Avoid removing the object with sharp or pointed items. If flossing and/or rinsing does not remove the object, contact our office.

Emergency Disclaimer

No warranty, implied or expressed is given by, as to results from the use of any or all provided Pediatric Dental Emergency information. Furthermore, Dr. Phillip Parker cannot treat patients or make a diagnosis over the internet or through visits to this website. This site is for informational purposes only. In addition, it is not recommended to depend on the information provided to substitute for medical or dental assessment or diagnosis and treatment. Your pediatric dentist, health care providers or you can make the best treatment decision possible in an EMERGENCY situation.


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