Dental Trauma and Emergencies

Knocked out Primary Tooth (Baby Tooth)

This is usually not an emergency and most of the time will require no treatment. However, it is recommended that you call Dr. Tari because in some instances she may want to see your child in the office. Do Not try to push the tooth back into the socket because a baby tooth will become infected and need to be extracted more often than not.

Knocked out Permanent Tooth

If your child knocks out a permanent tooth call our office immediately. It is super important to place the tooth back into the socket within 30 minutes, this is our "golden time" and the longer it is out of the mouth the chance of survival lessens for this tooth. Do Not scrub or handle the tooth by it's root structure, if the tooth has been on the ground you may gently rinse it with water only. Try to replace the tooth yourself if possible and hold it in place with your finger or have your child gently bite on a clean washcloth or towel. If you cannot replace the tooth yourself you may transport the tooth in a glass of milk. But hurry, time is of the essence.

Facial Swelling

Facial swelling is indicative of a traumatic injury or infection. Contact Dr. Tari, she may need to prescribe your child an antibiotic.

Head Trauma

If your child receives a blow to the head that results in loss of consciousness, confusion or severe headache, take them to the emergency room or call 911 immediately.

Big Tooth in and Little Tooth not out yet!!!

Often the lower permanent incisors (front teeth) erupt behind the baby teeth. Usually the lip and tongue helps to push these teeth forward and out, encourage your child to wiggle out a loose primary tooth. In most cases your child will not need their lower primary teeth extracted, however if this occurs on the upper teeth the chance of an extraction is higher. This is not an emergency so calling our office first is the way to go.

Ouch!!! My Tooth Hurts!!!

If your child has a tooth that is causing him/her pain try brushing and flossing the tooth remove impacted food. Also, check their gums and cheeks for mouth sores. Small children have difficulty in explaining gum or tooth pain. If the tooth continues to hurt call Dr. Tari, Ibuprofen or Tylenol is recommended for pain.


Tooth Infection can present itself as a small or large pimple on the gum tissue next to a tooth. It can also cause facial swelling, bad breath and sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks. Your child may or may not complain of pain, but pain that causes your child to be unable to sleep is likely an infection. The pain may be relieved temporarily with Ibuprofen or Tylenol. If you suspect your child has tooth infection call Dr. Tari right away.