PEDIATRIC DENTAL EMERGENCIES
If your child has a dental emergency, please call us at
If you need urgent treatment after hours, our emergency number is listed on our voicemail. Hopefully, your child never has any of these emergencies. However, by establishing routine dental visits an emergency will be easier to deal with. We find that children that see us regularly have an easier time with dental emergencies and treatment.
BITTEN LIP OR TONGUE
If your child has a bitten lip or tongue severe, clean the area gently with water and use a cold compress (a cold, wet towel or washcloth pressed firmly against the area) to reduce swelling.
object stuck in teeth
If your child has something stuck between his or her teeth, use dental floss to gently remove it. Do not use a metal, plastic, or sharp tool to remove the object.
BROKEN, CHIPPED, OR FRACTURED TOOTH
If your child’s tooth has been knocked out, find the tooth and rinse it with water (no soap), taking care to only touch the white part of the tooth Place the tooth in a clean container with milk. Call us immediately and/or head to the hospital. If you act quickly it’s possible to save the tooth. If it is a baby tooth, we never put the tooth back in.
If your child has a very loose tooth, it should be removed to avoid being swallowed or inhaled. You can use a piece of tissue paper to help grip the tooth.
TOOTHACHE / DENTAL PAIN
If your child complains of a pain, rinse his or her mouth with water and inspect the teeth to be sure there is nothing stuck. Children’s Advil (Motrin) or Tylenol (Acetominophen) can be taken as directed. Pain that wakes a child up at night usually indicates an infection.
Please let us know your child’s interests. We can have their favourite TV show playing in the treatment room before they arrive!