Dental Emergencies/Injuries


Minor Emergency Care

If you have a true emergency, please dial 911 or visit an E.R. We hope that you never have to face a true dental emergency; however even minor trauma and pain can be problematic for your child. The Southwest Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics' team has compiled a list of simple remedies for common situations. Please call our office if additional assistance is needed. Our experts can help determine the severity and cause of the injury, and whether further action should be taken. Use the following tips as an easy reference for reducing the stress and pain when an injury does occur.


Tooth Ache

Begin by cleaning around the sore tooth meticulously. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between teeth. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you use aspirin on the aching tooth or on the gum. In the event of facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. For temporary pain relief, acetaminophen is recommended. See a dentist as soon as possible.

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek

Ice can be applied to any bruised areas. For bleeding, apply firm (but gentle) pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues after 15 minutes, go to an emergency room.

Broken Tooth

Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments. Get immediate dental attention.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

Recover the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root end. Rinse, but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. Reinsert the tooth in the socket and hold it in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, carry it in a cup containing milk or water. Because time is essential, see a dentist immediately.

Other Emergency Conditions:

Possible Broken Jaw

In the event of jaw injury, tie the mouth closed with a towel, tie or handkerchief. Go immediately to an emergency room.

Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out

Fold a piece of gauze and place it (tightly) over the bleeding area. Bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes; if bleeding continues, see a dentist.

Cold or Canker Sores

Over-the-counter medications will usually provide temporary relief. If sores persist, visit your dentist.

Contact Our Littleton Pediatric Dental Office For Further Assistance

If you have more questions, or need more help with your situation, don’t hesitate to call our office 

to speak with a team member. We are committed to helping you protect your child’s health, and

are happy to answer any questions that you may have. We look forward to seeing you soon!