Dental Emergencies

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Many children get into accidents or experience dental emergencies. When this happens, contact Children’s Dentistry at 801-295-8322 as soon as possible so that our pediatric dentists can administer any treatment that your child may need. We have also provided some basic instructions on how to care for injuries before you arrive at our office. If you have any questions about emergency dental care in Centerville, Utah, and to make an appointment with Dr. Mark Nelson or Dr. Treagan White, call our office today.

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People of all ages can traumatically injure a tooth. Injuries may result in any number of situations, including bad falls, while playing a sport, or in a bike or car accident. When you experience a dental emergency, there are a few things you can do to care for the injury before meeting with our pediatric dentists.

If you have a broken jaw or another serious injury, we recommend that you visit the emergency room or your medical physician before seeking dental treatment. If your injury is life-threatening, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Chipped or Fractured Teeth

Some types of chips, cracks, or fractures are relatively painless, but others may result in extreme pain. When you chip or fracture a tooth, contact our office immediately. While waiting to meet with our pediatric dentists, here are some things you can do:

  • If any part of the tooth has broken off, rinse it in lukewarm water and bring it with you to the appointment
  • Apply gauze to any bleeding areas for 10 minutes, or until the bleeding stops
  • Place an icepack or cold compress on the cheek over the area to minimize swelling and pain
  • Use a topical pain reliever

You may also cover the affected area with dental cement (available for purchase at most pharmacies).

Dislodged or Loosened Teeth

First, contact our office immediately to make arrangements to meet with our pediatric dentists. Then place an icepack or cold compress over the area to relieve swelling and discomfort. You may also use a mild pain reliever.

Our pediatric dentists will examine the dislodged or loosened tooth and reposition and stabilize it again in your mouth. If it remains in the mouth and is attached to the blood vessels and nerves you may not need a root canal. If the tooth does not heal, a root canal treatment may be necessary.

Avulsed (Knocked-Out) Teeth

If your tooth has been completely knocked out of its socket, contact our office immediately. Time is a critical factor in whether or not we can successfully replace your tooth in your mouth. After arranging to meet with our pediatric dentists, follow these instructions:

  • Rinse your mouth to remove blood or other debris.
  • Place a cold compress or icepack on the cheek over the injury to reduce swelling.
  • Pick up the tooth by the crown (chewing surface). Do not touch the root.
  • Gently rinse the tooth with water to clean it. Do not use any soap or chemicals, scrub or dry the tooth, or wrap it in a tissue.
  • If possible, place it back in the socket and hold it in place by gently biting down. If you cannot do this, keep the tooth moist by holding it in the cheek pouch, or by placing it in milk, saline solution, your own saliva, a tooth preservation kit (available at most pharmacies), or in water.


A simple toothache can often be relieved by rinsing the mouth to clear it of debris, or by flossing to remove debris lodged between the teeth. If this does not relieve the problem, contact our office and make an appointment with our pediatric dentists so that we can determine the cause of your toothache an provide an appropriate treatment.

Do NOT place aspirin on your gums or teeth, as this can cause damage to your oral tissues.

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