Pediatric Emergency Dental Care in Lancaster OH

Kids getting injuries of any kind can be scary, especially when it involves the head and face. If you've never experienced dental emergencies with your kids, it is essential to know that these types of injuries are relatively common. As many as one third will have some sort of dental trauma at some point during childhood.

Our pediatric dentists at Lancaster Pediatric Dentistry know how frightening these situations can be. Having the knowledge of what to do and where to go in certain circumstances can make a difficult situation much more manageable.

What Is A Dental Emergency?

Like any emergency, dental emergencies vary significantly in severity. Anything from cuts to impacts, broken teeth to a fractured jaw bone. All should be taken seriously. Many situations can be treated by our Doctors, but it is essential to know when to come into our Lancaster Pediatrics office and when to go to the ER or call 911. Whether your child's injury is mild or severe, we will treat it seriously and administer the best care possible. Making you and your child comfortable is a big part of the treatment process. Depending on the nature of the injury, you and your child may need to follow specific steps to resolve the issue. Contact us immediately if you have any doubts on how to proceed. We can assist you in scheduling an emergency appointment, give you instructions on how to save a tooth or direct you to the ER.

Dental First-Aid Procedures


Toothaches are fairly coming in children. Their teeth are constantly growing and changing, and they are still learning how to care for their teeth properly. Tooth decay, trauma, fractures, and tooth eruption are among the most common causes of toothaches. If your child has a persistent toothache, contact Lancaster Pediatric Dentistry to schedule an appointment.

What Can You do:

  • Ice packs around the face or jaw and anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen may help to ease the pain.
  • Cleanse the area using warm water. Resist the urge to apply medicine or heat to the affected area.
  • Use a toothbrush or floss to remove any food that may have become stuck.
  • Apply a cold compress to the affected area to reduce swelling.
  • Contact our office to seek advice.

Knocked Out Teeth

If your child has a tooth that has been knocked out, try to determine whether the tooth is a baby tooth or an adult tooth. When a baby tooth is knocked out, most doctors will not encourage trying to save the tooth, because it could damage the tooth bud or the permanent tooth. You should still call our office as soon as possible to discuss space management.

However, if the tooth is permanent, it is important to call us right away. The sooner the tooth is repaired or replaced, the more likely the tooth is to heal. Implantation is almost always successful as long as you are able to get dental care within 1 hour of the accident. Here are some step-by-step instructions for addressing a removed tooth.

  • Find the missing tooth but under no circumstances should it be handled by the root. The ideal way to handle the tooth by the crown only.
  • Remove any debris off of the tooth with warm water. Do not scrub the tooth or use any sort of cleaning agents like soaps or toothpaste.
  • If you have an older child, you can carefully place the tooth back into the socket. If attempting to reposition the tooth makes you nervous, have your child hold the tooth in the area between their cheek and lower teeth. With younger children, placing the tooth in milk is can be very effective. Whatever you do, make sure to keep the tooth wet without using water. Milk or saliva are your best options.
  • Seek emergency dental care.

Tooth Displacement

Sometimes, dental trauma from falling, playing sports, or being hit will cause teeth to be pushed upwards into the jawbone or moved around in the socket. A tooth might look shorter, twisted to a strange angle or removed from its original position. Depending on the nature of your child’s injury, our clinicians may need to perform root canal therapy to save the tooth, or we may recommend simply watching and waiting.

If one of your kids experiences these problems, contact Lancaster Pediatric Dentistry as soon as possible. Rinse the child’s mouth out with cold water, and place ice packs around the affected areas to reduce swelling. If your child is in pain, offer them pediatrician-approved pain relief such as Tylenol or Children’s Motrin.

Oral Lacerations

If your child sustains an oral laceration, apply clean gauze to the area with gentle pressure to stop the bleeding. If bleeding doesn’t slow or stop, seek emergency care by calling 911 or visiting your local emergency room. If the cut appears minor and other teeth have been impacted, contact us for an emergency appointment.

Dental Concussion

Sometimes, children have teeth that have been hit but aren’t quite dislodged or fractured. Although concussed teeth can cause minor discoloration, they don’t typically need emergency care unless the tooth turns dark. If you do have concerns or questions, please call us.

Schedule An Appointment Today

We understand that life is busy and it can be hard to find time for everything we need to do. We also know how important dental hygiene is and know a clean mouth and a beautiful smile can help us feel confident and can lead to other healthy choices in life. We work hard to fit into the schedule that you need and understand that life can be a bit crazy at times. We know that the experience you have here will be one you will be grateful for. We are accepting new patients so what are you waiting for? Schedule an appointment today, and we look forward to seeing you soon!