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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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Dr.Susie is literally heaven sent! On Father’s Day my daughter had an injury and lost her front tooth. I immediately took her to the ER however they do not handle any dental trauma. The RN at the ER googled emergency dental care and this location popped up. I’m so grateful to have reached Dr.Susie. I explained the circumstances and she immediately provided care, empathy and guidance. She offered to meet me at the office and replace the tooth in the socket and perform the necessary procedure to save the tooth. During the process the dr was kind and caring. Speaking positivity to my 11 yr old daughter who was beyond scared. Dr.Susie set proper expectations about the next steps. I really appreciate this pediatric dentist office. From the front desk agent Ms.Teresa to Dr.Susie I felt 100% supported and valued.
Laura P.
Laura P.
I highly recommend St. Johns Pediatric Dentistry. I have been taking my two girls here for years, and I can’t say enough about the exceptional care they provide. My daughters get excited when I tell them they are going to the dentist! They can't wait to pick out their own movie, put on those cool sunglasses, and select a reward at the end. The entire staff is welcoming, caring, understanding, and incredibly patient. The team goes above and beyond to make patients (and parents) feel comfortable.
Lisa L.
Lisa L.
By far, the best pediatrics dentist I have ever brought my children to. The kids are so comfortable and happy to be there. My 2 year old doesn't even want to leave. 🥰 They are professional, respectful, kind, and care about our children.🙏 I am so grateful for Saint John's pediatrics dentistry after we had a bad experience at Jacksonville's children's surgical center.
Rachel L.
Rachel L.
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.
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.
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!
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