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Pediatric Emergencies

Advice from our Doctor

We are here to help you in case of a dental emergency. We understand how frightening a dental emergency can be, no matter how big or small, Our doctor and the team are here in case of any incident involving your child’s teeth and mouth, and are sure to provide care in the safest and most comforting way.

Emergency Care at Home

While some dental emergencies require immediate attention from a professional, there are many incidents or situations that can be cared for at home first. In other cases, there are thing that you can do before coming to the dentist’s office to help ease the situation. If your child experiences any of the following emergencies at home or on the playing field, please read about what you can do as a parent to help the situation first.

Broken Tooth

Rinse dirt from injured area with warm water. Place cold compresses over the face in the area of the injury. Locate and save any broken tooth fragments. Immediate dental attention may be necessary.
If the tooth is sensitive or sharp, you can go to a pharmacy and get dental wax or temporary dental cement to cover the area. Make sure you have no allergies to any of the ingredients.


Over the counter anti-inflammatory medications such as Advil, Aleve, Nuprin can take the edge off until you get definitive treatment. Make sure you have no allergies or medical contra-indications to any of the ingredients.


Rinse as frequently as possible with salt water as hot as you can tolerate. DO NOT put heat on your face as this can make things worse.


Clean the area around the sore tooth thoroughly. Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm salt water or use dental floss to dislodge trapped food or debris. DO NOT place aspirin on the gum or on the aching tooth. If face is swollen, apply a cold compress. Give Acetaminophen for pain and contact us as soon as possible.

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek

Apply ice on bruised areas. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a clean gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or it cannot be controlled by simple pressure, take the child to a hospital emergency room.

Knocked – Out Permanent tooth

Find the tooth. Handle the tooth ONLY by the crown (top), NOT the root portion. You may rinse the tooth but DO NOT clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Try to reinsert it in its socket. Have the child hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean gauze or cloth. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing milk or water. Contact Pittsburgh Orthodontic Clinic as IMMEDIATELY as possible! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth!

Possible Broken Jaw

If a fractured jaw is suspected, try to keep the jaws from moving by using a towel, handkerchief or tie, then take the child to the nearest hospital emergency room.

Bleeding After Baby Tooth Falls Out

Fold and pack a clean gauze or cloth over the bleeding area. Have the child bite on the gauze with pressure for 15 minutes. This may be repeated once or twice; if extensive bleeding persists, contact Pittsburgh Orthodontic Clinic.

Cold/Canker Sores

Many children occasionally suffer from these sores. Usually over-the-counter preparations give relief. Because some serious diseases begin as sores, it is important to contact Pittsburgh Orthodontic Clinic for an evaluation if these sores persist.

Contact Our Dental Office

If you have any questions about how to care for your child after a dental emergency, or if your child has experienced a serious one, please give our office a call Dental emergencies are rare but they do happen, and when they do, Pittsburgh Orthodontic Clinic is here to help you!

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