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Emergency Treatment

Toothache or Abcess

  • Analgesic medications (infant or pediatric acetaminophen or ibuprofen) as directed for the child’s age and weight
  • If facial swelling exists, contact your child’s pediatrician or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
  • Make an appointment with a pediatric dentist

Teething Pain

  • Analgesic liquids (listed above)
  • Over-the-counter teething remedies
  • If severe pain exists, make an appointment with a pediatric dentist

Tooth Knocked Out

  • If the tooth is a baby tooth, contact a pediatric dentist
  • If the tooth is a permanent tooth,
    1. Gently rinse with cold water (do not rub)
    2. Put the tooth back into the socket and hold in place OR place the tooth in cold milk
    3. Contact your pediatric dentist OR go to the nearest hospital emergency room

Oral Trauma

  • Always check for broken or missing teeth and/or bleeding: most active bleeding will respond to direct pressure.
  • Contact a pediatric dentist immediately for examination and x-ray OR go to the nearest hospital emergency room.

Tooth Bumped, Broken or Loosened

  • Contact a pediatric dentist immediately for examination and x-ray OR go to the nearest hospital emergency room.