What To Do If Your Child Has A Dental Emergency

Dental emergencies can occur to anyone at any time, but with children the odds of one happening can be a lot higher.

A pediatric dental emergency could happen while they are participating in sports events, during normal day to day rough-and-tumble play with friends, or just tripping over their own feet.

Knowing what to do when an emergency occurs is important to prevent permanent damage to your child’s smile, then get them to a pediatric dental practitioner as soon as possible.

Here’s some useful advice as to what to do for some common dental emergencies with children:

Cracked Or Broken Tooth

Collect and keep the broken tooth parts. Rinse the mouth well with warm water. Reduce any swelling by applying a cold compress to the affected area. Call the dentist.

Knocked-Out Tooth

Rinse the tooth, place back in the socket, and hold in place. If it won’t stay put, place the tooth either in the child’s mouth next to their cheek, into an emergency tooth preservation kit, or in  a bag filled with a water and salt solution. Visit the dentist as soon as possible.

There is more information in our post, ‘can you save a knocked out tooth‘, which will also deal with an adult accidently knocking out a tooth.

Lost Filling Or Crown

Rinse the crown. Book an emergency appointment with your child’s dentist to avoid infection.


Clean their teeth and gums. Rinse out and floss. Call the pediatric dentist if the painful toothache persists.


If your child has an abscessed tooth then get in touch with the pediatric dentist quickly.

If in any doubt, always contact a dental professional to get the most appropriate dental help and advice.