Pediatric Dental Emergencies

As a parent, there's nothing more difficult than seeing your child sick or in pain.

Children's dental emergencies can be especially scary because they commonly include trauma, such as a knocked-out tooth.

At Staten Island Pediatric Dentistry, we know that helpless feeling, and we want to resolve your child's dental emergency as quickly as possible. Even if you aren't sure it's an emergency, it's always best to call us at (718) 761-7316 to be safe.

A friendly, helpful member of our dental team will speak with you and ask a few questions about what your child is experiencing. Your child will be scheduled for a same-day visit if necessary. Of course, if the situation is not urgent, your child will be scheduled as soon as possible.

Common Childhood Dental Emergencies

Having an idea of how to handle certain dental emergencies is key to staying calm if an incident occurs. Remaining calm will help your little one feel less stressed and more assured that they are okay.

There are several common dental emergencies that children tend to experience. Here are tips from our dental team on handling dental emergencies until you get to our dental office: 

  • Toothache: Tooth pain is typically a sign of a cavity or an infected tooth that requires prompt treatment. Call our dental team, and we will arrange to see you as soon as possible.
  • Cracked, broken, or chipped tooth: Our dentists may be able to bond a broken or fractured front tooth back together, depending on the severity of the fracture and the location of the tooth. A cracked back tooth may be anything from a baby tooth falling out to a very large cavity. After examining your child, we will offer you the best advice for the situation.
  • A knocked-out baby tooth or primary tooth: If your child's trauma includes a knocked-out baby tooth, contact our pediatric dentists. Often, no treatment is needed beyond an x-ray and occasionally antibiotics.
  • A knocked-out permanent tooth: A knocked-out adult or permanent tooth requires immediate treatment as we have a very small window of time (15 minutes is ideal)  where we might be able to save it. Try to replace the tooth in its socket gently; if this isn't possible, transport it to our dental office in a container of milk. Bring your child to our dental office as soon as possible,

Prevent Childhood Dental Emergencies

Kids are kids, and while we'd like to put them in bubble wrap, childhood dental emergencies are very common. There are steps you can take to minimize the risk of cavities and infections, and they begin with bringing your child to Staten Island Pediatric Dentistry for dental exams and cleanings every six months.

During these preventive appointments, Dr. Flanigan and Dr. Lange look for cavities and gingivitis and treat them promptly. Treating a cavity when it is small is better for your child than waiting until it develops into something more serious that may require complex or invasive treatment. 

Call Us with Your Child's Dental Emergency

If you live in Staten Island, Brooklyn, Bayonne, or elsewhere in the metro area and need a children's emergency dentist, please call Dr. Michelle and Dr. Yelena at (718) 761-7316. We will get your child on our schedule as soon as possible.

Staten Island Pediatric Dentistry is open Monday through Saturday, with extended evening hours on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Some emergencies must be seen right away, and our extensive operating hours allow for that.