Dental Emergencies

Summer is coming to an end and school and fall sports are around the corner. Advanced Children’s Dentistry wants to remind parents that according to the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) that 13-39% of dental emergencies are caused while playing sports. It is important to remember that a dental emergencies can happen during any recreational activity or unorganized sport, such as a friendly neighborhood game of basketball. That is why it is crucial to know what you need to do if something were to happen to your child’s tooth.

A Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

If your child has their permanent tooth knocked out, the first step is to find the tooth. Make sure you DO NOT pick up the tooth by the root (the bottom part), make sure to only pick it up by the top part also known as the crown. Rinse the tooth with water. You can try placing the tooth back in the socket and have your child hold it there by biting on a clean gauze or cloth. Do not force the tooth back in the socket though. If you are unable to do this, you can always place the tooth in a cup containing water or milk (milk works better). Call your dentist immediately. A tooth that has been knocked out of the socket for an hour or less has the highest chance of being saved.

A Broken Tooth

Clean out the injured area with warm water. If there are any jagged or sharp parts of the tooth use paraffin wax on that tooth to further prevent harm. Gather all broken parts of fragments of the tooth and place them in water or milk to help save the tooth. Place an icepack or something cold against your child’s face near the injury to help prevent further swelling. Call the dentist immediately.

A Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek

Apply ice to the injured areas. If there is bleeding, apply a cloth or gauze firmly and gently to the injured area. If the bleeding persists for more than 15 minutes or cannot be controlled by pressure of gauze or cloth, take your child to the hospital.

Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out

Fold and place a clean gauze over the bleeding area. Have your child bite down for 15 minutes, if the bleeding continues, call your dentist.


First clean the area around the tooth that is causing the discomfort. Then rinse the mouth with warm salt water. Use floss around the sore tooth. Do not use aspirin or ibuprofen on the gum or aching tooth, it will cause further pain. Your child can orally take acetaminophen (Tylenol) for the pain. Apply an icepack if the face is swollen and call your dentist.

Lost Filling

You can use an over the counter dental cement or stick a piece of sugar free gum into the cavity until you can see your dentist.

Lost Crown

See your dentist right away. If you cannot, try applying a little bit of over the counter dental cement and place the crown back on. If the pain persists you can use a cotton swab with clove oil on the inflicted area and call your dentist.

Possible Broken Jaw

Make sure the child does not talk and keeps their mouth shut. Tie a towel or handkerchief around the head to keep their jaw from moving. Bring your child to an emergency room.

Important Tips to Minimize Dental Emergencies:

  1. Your teeth are not tools. Stop using them to open things
  2. Avoid chewing hard candy, ice and popcorn kernels
  3. Wear a custom mouth guard while playing sports or recreational activities

Call Advanced Children’s Dentistry, your Garden City Pediatric Dentist, at 516-825-1100 to reserve your child’s dental care appointmentPrint

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