Pediatric Dental Emergencies

Our team is there for your child when a dental emergency strikes.

Teeth Checkup childAt GoSmiles Dentistry, we love that children play and make the most of life. However, with playtime comes the potential for dental accidents. Regardless of if your child has a chipped or knocked-out tooth, our dentists and team can help your child get quality care quickly. If the situation arises, follow the instructions below and call 703-689-3900 to set up your child’s pediatric emergency dental care in Herndon, Virginia.


Clean the affected tooth and rinse the mouth with warm water. Use dental floss to gently dislodge any food that may be stuck. If the pain is still present, contact our team. Do not place aspirin or heat on the tooth. If the face is swollen, apply a cold compress and contact our team.

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek

After biting or cutting the mouth, you should apply ice to the injured areas to control swelling. If your child is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with gauze or cloth. If pressure does not stop the bleeding, call a doctor or visit the emergency room at the hospital.

Knocked-Out Permanent Tooth

If your child has knocked out a permanent tooth, time is a crucial factor to save it. If possible, find the tooth and handle it only by the crown, not the root. To clean the tooth, you may only rinse it with water. Do not clean it with soap or toothpaste, and do not scrub or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Inspect the tooth for signs of fractures. If the tooth is intact, try to reinsert it in the socket. Have your child hold the tooth in place by biting on gauze. If you are unable to reinsert the tooth, transport it in a container with the child’s saliva or milk. If the child is old enough, the tooth can be carried in the patient’s mouth beside the cheek. Call our office immediately so we can help save the tooth in time.

Knocked-Out Baby Tooth

Typically, knocked out baby teeth are not a cause for emergency. Losing the primary teeth is completely natural and necessary for your child to develop healthy adult teeth. We recommend contacting our office during regular business hours to check if treatment is necessary or not.

Chipped or Fractured Permanent Tooth

Contact our office immediately. With quick action, we can save the tooth and reduce the need for extensive treatment. Rinse the mouth with water after the accident has occurred. After rinsing the mouth, your child should have a cold compress applied to the affected area to reduce swelling. Try to locate and save any broken tooth fragments and bring them to our office during your child’s emergency appointment.

Chipped or Fractured Baby Tooth

Call our office to determine if your child needs treatment.

Severe Blow to the Head

Head trauma can be very serious. Take your child to the nearest emergency room as soon as possible so a doctor can tend to your child.

Possible Broken or Fractured Jaw

If it looks as though your child has broken or fractured their jaw, you need to keep the jaw from moving and take your child to the nearest emergency room immediately.