If your child has a dental emergency, 24-hour assistance is available through our office. Call the office where your child is usually seen, and our receptionist or voicemail system will tell you how to contact the doctor on call.
Not all dental injuries require an immediate visit to the dentist. If you are not sure what constitutes an emergency or need to know what to do before seeing the emergency dentist, here are some common child dental emergencies and the first aid recommended.
Call Our Emergency Line for an Emergency Dentist in MN Immediately if Your Child has a:
- Broken Tooth: Rinse any dirt from the injured area with warm water. Place a cold compress on the site of injury. If possible, locate and save any broken tooth fragments, and call the dentist.
Knocked out Permanent Tooth: If your child’s permanent tooth has been knocked out of the mouth, find the tooth and gently rinse, handling it by the top (crown) and not the root portion. If you can, place the permanent tooth back in its socket and hold it in place by biting on a clean gauze or towel. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, place it in a cup containing milk or contact lens solution and call the dentist immediately! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.
- Toothache: Clean the area around the sore tooth thoroughly. Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm water or use dental floss to dislodge any trapped food or debris. Do not place aspirin on the gums or on the aching tooth. If the face is swollen, apply a cold compress. Take an age-appropriate dose of Tylenol, Advil or Motrin for pain and call the dentist.
Visit an Emergency Room Immediately if Your Child has a:
- Possible Broken Jaw: If a fractured jaw is suspected, try to keep the jaws from moving by using a towel, tie, or handkerchief and take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room.
Treat At-Home if Your Child has a:
- Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek: Apply firm but gentle pressure with a clean gauze or cloth and use ice on the affected area. If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or it cannot be controlled by simple pressure, take your child to the hospital emergency room.
- Cold Sores or Canker Sores: Many children will have an occasional “cold” or “canker” sore. Over-the-counter preparations will provide temporary relief. If sores persist, a dental evaluation may necessary.
- Bleeding Mouth After a Baby Tooth Comes Out: Place gauze tightly over the bleeding area, and call our office if bleeding continues after 15 minutes of applied pressure.
Stay Calm: Your Child Is In Good Hands
Each emergency dentist from our office in MN is specially trained to help your child. Our dentists have over 170 years of combined dental experience, and each dentist is capable of helping your child with any dental emergency. We have three locations for your convenient and quick treatment – in Edina, Burnsville and Minnetonka – and we are experienced with treating patients who are physically or mentally challenged, autistic, without sight or hearing, or who have other special needs. We use appropriate vocabulary for your child's age group so your child understands what is happening during procedures; we tell our patients what we will do, show them how and allow them to touch their mouths and ask questions before we begin a procedure, giving them security and comfort. We work hard to give your child the best emergency treatment in an environment where they can feel safe. If your child has an emergency dental need, give us a call, and we can provide the treatment you need, quickly, thoroughly and in a comforting environment.