Pediatric Emergency Dentist in Ardsley, NY

What is a pediatric dental emergency?

Emergency dentistry is available to patients who have experienced a dental injury or accident, or are in severe dental pain and discomfort. The goal of emergency dental care is to get patients out of pain quickly and back to optimal oral health as soon as possible.

Between contact sports and exploring their worlds, children can have an accident at any time. That’s why pediatric dentists will often leave openings in their schedules for same-day emergency appointments, so they can address your child’s needs as soon as possible.

Pediatric Emergency Dentistry

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More than 5 million teeth are knocked out every year in both children and adults.

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What to do for your child when they’re experiencing a dental emergency


Keep Calm So They Stay Calm

It’s easy to panic and feel anxious when your child injures their mouth. But try your best to stay calm and collected. Panicking will only stress your child, so keep a clear head, assess the severity of the situation, and get things under control.

Try To Control Any Bleeding

If your child’s mouth is bleeding, use clean gauze, cotton balls, or paper towels to absorb the blood, and apply gentle but firm pressure to control the bleeding. Be aware that oral injuries can bleed quite heavily, but if you apply pressure to the area, or your child gently bites down on some gauze, the bleeding should slow within a few minutes.

Take Steps To Reduce Swelling & Pain

You can have your child take over-the-counter medication like Tylenol or Motrin to help with pain and inflammation. Applying an ice pack externally to the cheek near the affected area can also help numb the site and reduce swelling.


Call Us!

Make sure you call us right away to schedule an emergency appointment with your child’s pediatric dentist. We can help you determine the severity of the situation and whether or not your child needs to be seen immediately.

The importance of prompt emergency care

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Nobody likes a sore tooth! Toothaches are common in children due to eruption of teeth, dental trauma and tooth decay. It's also fairly easy for food to become stuck in your child's teeth, which can cause discomfort. If your child has a toothache, we recommend the following steps:

1) Clean the tooth with warm water
2) Check for food struck between the teeth and remove
3) Apply a cold compress to the face to reduce swelling
4) Call our office for advice or to schedule an appointment


Unfortunately, children often sustain a fair amount of dental and facial trauma from sports-related injuries, falls, and other accidents. The most important thing you can do as a parent is remain calm.

If your child has knocked out a permanent tooth, timely management is key to maintaining the life of the tooth. Depending on the nature and severity of the trauma, we may be able to effectively treat the traumatic injury in our office or, for less severe injuries, even advise you on the at-home management over the phone until you can make it to our office.

*If your child has suffered a true medical emergency that involves more than just the mouth and peri-oral structures, call 911 or bring your child to the Emergency Room of your local hospital.

Reinserting an Avulsed (Knocked out) Permanent Tooth:

1) Find the tooth and do your best to hold it by the crown rather than the root.

2) You may gently rinse the tooth with saline or milk to remove any debris, being careful to only touch the crown of the tooth. Do NOT since the tooth with water.

3) If the entire root is still intact, try to reinsert in the socket. If that is not possible, put the tooth in a glass of milk and take your child and the glass immediately to your pediatric dentist.

*Baby teeth are generally not reinserted into the socket due to the risk of damage to the developing permanent tooth beneath it, however your child should still be seen by your pediatric dentist promptly.

Cut Or bite On Cheek, Lip, Or Tongue

If your child bites their tongue, lip or cheek and there is bleeding, we recommend the following steps:

‍1) Apply firm but gentle pressure with gauze or clean washcloth

2) Give your child Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) if needed to manage pain.

3) If bleeding does not stop within 20 minutes or it cannot be controlled by simple pressure, take your child to a hospital emergency room.

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Directly under your child's upper lip and inserting between their two front teeth is a piece of gum tissue known as the frenum, or frenulum. When children fall, they can easily tear this attachment. While this tear does not usually requires stitches, it can be very bloody and frightening. Treatment is usually palliative in nature, focused on managing pain or discomfort:

1) Stop the bleeding with pressure using either gauze or a clean washcloth.

2) Apply ice to the upper lip if swelling occurs.

3) A soft diet may also help.

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Putting a knocked out tooth in milk, not water, can preserve the root while you head to your emergency appointment.

Does your child need an appointment right away?

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What should I do if my child knocks out a tooth?

Knocked-out baby teeth are not usually replaced, even if they’re lost prematurely. If it’s a baby tooth, your child will need to come into our office to have their mouth examined and cleaned to prevent infection, and to get a “space maintainer.” This prosthetic will maintain the proper gap between their teeth, preventing the adjacent teeth from shifting toward the now-empty socket.

For an adult tooth, though, you need to get help immediately. Recover the tooth, rinse it, and put it in a container of cold milk to keep it moist. Then, come to our office immediately. Don't spend too much time treating pain or bleeding. Your child’s tooth must be re-attached within 1-2 hours for it to be saved, so time is of the essence. Our Ardsley dentists can treat your child’s pain when they get to our office.


What should I do if my child’s dental work falls out?

Collect the filling, crown, or other piece of dental work and place it in a plastic baggie. Then, call us for a same-day appointment, and make sure to bring your child’s dental work in with you. It may be possible to reattach a crown instead of completely replacing it.

What should I do about a severe toothache?


A severe toothache could indicate that your child has a deep cavity or an infected tooth. You should schedule a consultation at our office right away, as these are both serious dental emergencies that will only get worse without proper treatment.

What should I do if my child has chipped, broken or cracked a tooth?


First, treat their discomfort and bleeding. Then, contact us for a same-day appointment. Even minor tooth damage can cause hairline fractures and these fractures could lead to infections and other complications. After consulting with your child’s dentist, they can determine the best treatment for restoring the damaged tooth, and ensure your child’s smile remains healthy and strong.

What should I do if my child has a loose tooth?


If a baby tooth has come loose and it’s not due to an oral injury, you don’t have to do anything. Baby teeth are meant to fall out eventually, so this is natural.

However, if one of their teeth becomes loose and is bleeding after an oral injury, it may not be ready to fall out yet. The best thing to do is to get a consultation with your child’s dentist to have their mouth examined, and determine whether the tooth can be saved or if it should be replaced with a space maintainer.

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Losing a baby tooth too early can be a dental emergency.

Does your child need to see a doctor today?

Call (914) 246-0511 today!