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Oh no! My kid just fell on the playground—right on his mouth! What do I do?

Dental trauma resulting in life-threatening or head injuries should be treated at the nearest emergency room as quickly as possible. Call 911 to seek emergency medical care.

For pediatric dental emergencies, the best thing to do is stay calm and seek care from pediatric dentists. You can trust our office to take the best care of your child. The type of care will depend on the type of emergency care. Here is an easy breakdown to help you get your child the best emergency dental care. Keep in mind that good oral health is very important.

What Is Emergency Children’s Dentistry?

Events resulting in traumatic injuries to teeth are the most common emergencies. These include falls that lead to broken teeth, and teeth knocked out of the mouth. Whether your child falls on the playground in Nocatee or gets hit with a baseball during Little League in Palencia, our office is here to help.

Emergencies can come from a variety of situations. You should call our office if your child has a:

  • Broken tooth fragments
  • Knocked out tooth
  • Swelling of gums or face, especially with fever
  • Painful red gums or face, especially with fever

If in doubt, please call and we can talk you through your concerns and dental services like x-rays your child might need.

Broken Tooth Or Toothache

You should rinse the mouth with warm water and use a cold compress on the face to reduce swelling. There may be lacerations or abrasions to the inside or outside of the face so use gentle pressure. Get some over the counter medications like Tylenol or the generic version such as acetaminophen for a pain reliever.

Knocked Out Tooth

If a baby tooth is knocked out, the potential complications of re-implanting the tooth are often greater than the benefit. Our trusted dentists do not recommend re-implanting baby teeth, although finding the knocked out tooth is important and should be brought with you to the appointment. Evaluation for other injuries, such as injured gums or a broken jaw, or damage from a severe blow to the permanent tooth underneath should be done. It is also helpful for the dentists to know about the injury to plan appropriate long-term care. Ultimately, the knocked out baby tooth will go to the tooth fairy!

For a knocked-out permanent tooth, you should find the knocked out tooth because re-implanting will be the main goal. Make sure to hold it by the crown, not the root. Handle the tooth as gently as possible. Briefly and gently rinse the aching tooth in water if there is visible debris on it; do not scrub anything off the root. If possible put the tooth back in the socket and have them bite with pressure on a clean washcloth or paper towel to hold the tooth in place. If it is not possible to replant the tooth, place it in a cup of cold milk.

In any case of a knocked out tooth, please call the office as soon as possible. It is important to re-implant permanent teeth quickly from an emergency dentist.

Preventing Injuries

There are a few things you can do to help prevent dental injuries. Mouth guards or other protective gear can help protect those pearly whites from impact while practicing a sport. A properly fitted mouth guard can protect your child’s mouth from injury to the teeth, lips, a bitten tongue, or jaw. The office can discuss the best option for your child. These include custom and store-bought mouth protectors.

Preventing Injuries

Orthodontic appliances also have the potential to become broken causing discomfort.

A loose or broken bracket can be repaired in the office. Make sure to bring any detached pieces to your appointment. A loose or detached wire can also be handled in the office. Call the office to schedule the repair as soon as possible.

Wax can help ease any friction-related discomfort, whether routine or the result of a possible broken appliance. Ibuprofen can also ease general soreness.

Emergency Child Dentistry After Hours

If the emergency happens outside of normal business hours, don’t fear. We are always here to help. Call the office and your call will be forwarded to Dr. Susie or Dr. Laura’s cell phone. Leave a detailed message, including:

  • your name
  • your child’s name
  • a phone number so they may call you back
  • the kind of emergency (broken tooth, knocked out tooth)
  • as much other information about the emergency as you know

The dentists will first ask questions to determine what type of dental treatment your child needs. They will also determine what follow-up care will be needed during business hours.

Dental emergencies happen, especially with active, on-the-go kids. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry reports that 30% of young children receive a dental injury by the age of 14. But parents and kids don’t need to fear emergencies with our trusted team on call. From Jacksonville to St. Augustine, St. Johns Pediatric Dentistry puts and keeps healthy smiles on happy kids, even through emergencies. Remember to follow up with your childs dental health like using dental floss and set up a dental appointment if you need to.

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Rachel L.
Rachel L.
05:11 15 Oct 22
Dr. Laura has seen both of my girls since their first appointments. My oldest is 11, and she’s always seen Dr. Laura. She is amazing! She is kind, gentle, considerate and knowledgeable. We are thankful for her and all the staff. The office is run so smoothly. This is truly a wonderful place to take children for dentistry.
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J
13:25 23 Aug 22
I CANNOT say enough good things about this place. We’ve been going almost 2 years now and it’s such a pleasant experience every time. Had a couple non-routine visits, chipped tooth today for example, and they do everything they can to help you, explain to you the situation, potential problems. But also assure you that things are probably fine, just keep an eye, etc. They don’t push procedures at all like regular dentists, they explain what can be done, and then explain when certain things aren’t necessary. They are not money hungry at all, excellent dentists, excellent hygienists/assistants. I will definitely keep bringing my kids here and keep recommending this place.
Jess R.
Jess R.
13:19 10 Aug 22
We love St. Johns Pediatric Dentistry! The lobby is adorable and the staff is amazing. Once you are in the back, the kids feel safe, comfortable and entertained while their exam is happening. Thank you for being awesome!
Patricia P.
Patricia P.
12:25 02 May 22
I'm coming here for years we love this little dentist office. Steph is amazing and kind. Almost as if they become family after so long. The dentist patient and caring and will work with your child and whatever their needs may be. Highly recommend. They have TVs in the back for the kids to watch and headphones to watch a movie while they're waiting.
Margarita R.
Margarita R.
15:09 03 Apr 22
Absolutely amazing office! My kids loved it! Every staff member were soo sweet and helpful but Shout out to Dennisse and Sara and Dr. Perry, who literally made my kids feel comfortable to the point where they can't wait to come back! I live northside of Jacksonville but they are worth the drive!
Zelia F.
Zelia F.
15:27 29 May 19
I absolutely love this place. My daughter, now 2 1/2 has been going since she was 1. The waiting room keeps the kids busy and engaged. I have never waited really for my appointment either. The dental chairs have movies with headphones for the kids to watch movies of their choice which keeps them for being scared and the dentists are amazing. And once the kids are done with their visit they get to choose a prize. We recently went and Dr. Susie convinced my toddler to give up her paci. She then kept it and called me the next week to see if the wean went well if she could discard of the paci. Talk about personal touch. My 6m is already scheduled for his 1 yr visit. Love this place!
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