Common Dental Emergencies for Children

If your child is having a dental emergency, our pediatric dental team can help. We’re committed to being there for our young patients when they need us most because you never know when an emergency will come along. Below are some of the most common dental emergencies, with tips on how to manage them until Dr. DeHart or Dr. Christensen can see your son or daughter.


Knocked Out Baby Tooth

If your child has just lost a baby tooth because of an accident or injury, clean the area gently with a washcloth or gauze and notify us immediately. While there has likely been no damage to the secondary tooth underneath, our doctors may want to complete an exam with an x-ray to be sure.


Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

A knocked-out permanent tooth is a more serious issue and needs to be addressed as quickly as possible. Call our team immediately for help. Until we can see you, try to place the tooth back into the socket it came from. If that’s not possible, store it in a small bag of milk. Our goal is always to reattach the natural tooth if possible.


Broken Tooth

Depending on where the fracture occurs, a broken tooth may be an urgent matter. Teeth have nerves and blood vessels inside of them and if that is exposed it can be a painful situation. Also, a fracture can occasionally lead to nerve damage later on if not addressed. Our doctors will evaluate the nature of the broken tooth and make recommendations for future follow up or care. If possible, bring the fractured piece with you as you come in to see us. Occasionally we are able to bond the tooth back together at least temporarily, and if not it provides us with a good picture of what the tooth looked like beforehand.


Severe Toothache

Toothaches can be caused by cavities or broken teeth that have extended into the nerve of the tooth. When this is the case, often times the bacteria in the cavity will cause the nerve to die, leading to a tooth abscess. If your child has a severe toothache, please give us a call so we can determine the appropriate course of action. If possible, sending a picture of your child’s tooth, to our doctors or office staff, can help aid in diagnosing your child’s concerns.