Murray Hill Pediatric Dentistry is here for you 24/7, because we know dental emergencies don’t happen exclusively during business hours. Broken or knocked-out teeth, tooth displacement, toothaches, and more can call for a dentist right now, no matter what time it is!
If your child is experiencing a true dental emergency, call us literally anytime at 212-922-3790. If your child appears to be suffering from injuries that extend beyond the mouth, call 911 or take them to the emergency room. The following are some guidelines for common dental emergencies.
If your child has a toothache, clean the affected area with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm water and use dental floss in the surrounding areas. If they need a pain reliever, administer Tylenol or Motrin according to the package directions. Do not place pain reliever on the tooth itself or on the gums.
If your child’s face is swollen, apply a cold compress and contact us immediately. A swollen face could indicate a serious problem requiring immediate attention.
Accidents happen! Unfortunate encounters with gravity, bike meets phone pole, soccer ball meets face—we all desperately hope none of these things will befall our beloved offspring. While we at Murray Hill also hope to never see you and your family for reasons like this, we are here for you should they arise.
First and foremost, remain calm. If your child has knocked out a baby tooth, take him or her to the dentist as soon as possible, but don’t follow the directions below for permanent teeth. Baby teeth are not reinserted into the gums, since doing so could harm the permanent teeth.
If your child has knocked out a PERMANENT tooth, prompt attention is needed to save the tooth. If your child’s permanent tooth has been avulsed (knocked out), follow the steps below to attempt to reinsert it.
- Hold the tooth by the crown. Avoid touching the root.
- Rinse the tooth with salt water or milk. Do not use plain water to rinse the tooth.
- If the root is intact, try to reinsert the tooth into the socket. If that’s not possible, place the tooth in a glass of milk; take the tooth and your child to the dentist immediately.