emergency-pediatric-dentistry
We have listed general instructions on how to handle your child’s dental emergency.  We strongly advise that you contact our office at 619-741-1500 so that your child can receive a thorough evaluation by one of our pediatric dentists.

Baby tooth knocked out:

  • Do NOT insert tooth back into socket.
  • Contact our office immediately for evaluation and treatment.

Permanent tooth knocked out:

  • Hold the tooth by its crown (never the root) and rinse it gently in cool water.
  • Try to reinsert it in the socket immediately and hold it there with clean gauze or a washcloth. If you cannot put the tooth back in the socket, place it in a clean container with cold milk.
  • Contact our office immediately for evaluation and treatment.

Baby tooth or Permanent tooth pushed out of place:

  • Try to re-position the tooth back to its normal position with finger pressure.
  • Hold the tooth in place with a tissue or gauze if it is very loose.
  • Call our office to make an appointment for evaluation.

Tooth is chipped or fractured:

  • Find the broken tooth fragment, place in cold milk or water.
  • Contact our office immediately for evaluation and treatment.

Toothache:

  • Over-the-counter children’s pain medication (dosage according to your child’s weight and age) may help relieve the pain.
  • Contact our office immediately for evaluation and treatment.

Blow to the head, face or jaw:

  • Call 911 immediately.  Your child needs immediate medical attention.
  • A severe head injury can be life threatening.

Prevention of dental injuries:

  • Make sure your child wears protective gear such as a mouth guard for all sports.
  • Always use a car seat for young children.
  • Childproof your home to prevent falls and electrical injuries.