How To Handle Dental Emergencies


Dental emergencies for children can be a very frightening experience, and it is essential as a parent that you make this process as easy and painless as possible. We never like to see our children hurt, but with fast action, you can ensure your child gets the best care, treatment, and advice to ensure their oral health. It is important to know when to take your child to the dentist and when to take them to the emergency room. The best way to be prepared for any dental emergency is to know what they are and how to manage them. Some common dental emergencies for children include:

How do I treat a toothache?
If your child is experiencing a toothache, you can try to relieve it by using a cold compress on the area and giving them ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain relief. If the toothache persists, take your child to the dentist as soon as possible. Unfortunately, toothaches are often a sign of a more severe problem that will require immediate care.

How do I deal with a broken or chipped tooth?
If your child’s tooth is broken or chipped, rinse their mouth with warm water and use a cold compress to reduce swelling. If the tooth is severely damaged, go to the dentist as soon as possible. If the tooth is knocked out, try to find it and put it in a cup of milk. Go to the emergency room or call the dentist if you are unable to find it. It is critical to preserve the tooth and do so correctly so that the dentist can reattach it. Treatment must be provided within approximately two hours of the initial incident to reattach the tooth, so time is of the essence in this emergency.

When should I call the dentist?
Any time your child experiences a change in their oral health, it is always a good idea to advise their dentist of the problem. In emergency situations, a dentist will often see your child the same day to address any oral health issue.

Arcadia Pediatric Dental specializes in the dental care of children 0-18. Most insurance plans and AHCCCS are accepted. Parents are always welcome in exam and treatment rooms. To schedule an appointment visit us at or call (480) 207-5070.

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