At Showtime Smiles Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry®, we try our best to help in any circumstance. But, if an emergency occurs after hours, please look at the list below for help and see an emergency dentist as soon as possible. If you have other questions unrelated to pediatric emergencies, please check out our pediatric dentistry FAQ or head over to the Showtime Smiles Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry pediatric dentistry guide.
If one of your teeth begins to hurt, begin with cleaning the area by either rinsing your mouth with warm water or flossing to remove possible remnants of food. Next, let it rest and avoid using aspirin or heat on the aching tooth or affected gums.
When there is a dental infection (an abscess), a cut, or facial trauma, you might have facial swelling. If that occurs, apply a cold compress to the area and contact us. If it doesn’t go down, visit the emergency room immediately.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek
First, apply firm but gentle pressure to the area by biting on a piece of gauze for 10 to 15 minutes. Simultaneously, apply ice to injured areas to help reduce swelling.
If the bleeding does not stop after about 15 min, contact us or visit the emergency room.
Bumped Baby or Permanent Tooth
If you experience trauma to your teeth, please contact us immediately.
We may need to take an x-ray to make sure that the root of your tooth is not broken and that the surrounding areas are safe.
Knocked Out Baby Tooth
When it comes to baby teeth, it isn’t a serious emergency usually because they are normally wiggly.
However, if you’re feeling unsure, contact us for an evaluation and we can confirm that there aren’t any remaining tooth fragments in the gum tissue.
We cannot replant baby teeth because there is a risk of injuring the developing permanent tooth.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
If you accidentally dislodge an adult tooth, contact us immediately. It’s important to act quickly to save the tooth. Then, find the tooth, making sure to handle it by its crown (the part that sticks out from the gums) not by its root.
If the tooth is dirty, carefully rinse with only water. Do not clean with soap, or scrub and handle the tooth without a cause.
Afterwards, inspect the tooth for fractures. If it is still solid, try reinserting the tooth into the socket and hold it in place by pressing your finger down or biting on a piece of gauze. If it is not solid or cannot be reinserted, place the tooth in a save-a-tooth cup or in a cup containing milk and bring it with you to your appointment.
Chipped or Fractured Tooth
If you have chipped or fractured a baby tooth, don’t worry. In most cases, it isn’t an emergency and does not call for any treatment. But, if you’re feeling unsure, please feel free to contact us.
However, if it is an adult tooth, call us or an emergency pediatric dentist as soon as possible! Similar to knocking it out, chipping or fracturing a permanent tooth calls for immediate attention.
After contacting us, gently rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. Next, try locating the broken tooth fragment and placing it in milk. If there is pain, use children’s over-the-counter pain medications to help alleviate it.
Severe Blow to the Head
Please go to the nearest hospital emergency room immediately.
Possible Broken or Fractured Jaw
If you think you have broken or fractured your jaw, try to keep your jaw from moving. Then, place a cold compress on the area. If it is serious, please go to the nearest hospital emergency room.