If you face a dental emergency, give us a call immediately (317) 816-1555,  if you need urgent treatment after hours, you will be prompted to the emergency dentist on call. We are always here to assist when your child’s dental health is at risk. Below are tips on dealing with urgent dental situations. You may want to display this list on your refrigerator or store it near your emergency phone numbers for easy reference.

Bitten Lip or Tongue

If your child has bitten their lip or tongue severely enough to cause bleeding, clean the bite gently with water and use a cold compress (a cold, wet towel or washcloth pressed firmly against the area) to reduce or avoid swelling. Give us a call to help determine how serious the bite is.

Object Caught In Teeth

If your child has something caught between their teeth, use dental floss to gently remove it. Never use a metal, plastic, or sharp tool to remove a stuck object. If you are unable to remove the item with dental floss, give us a call.

Broken, Chipped, or Fractured Tooth

If your child has chipped or broken a piece off of their tooth, have them rinse their mouth with warm water, then use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Try to locate and save the tooth fragment that broke off. Call us immediately.

Knocked Out Tooth

If your child’s tooth has been knocked out of the mouth, try to keep your child calm.  Find the tooth and pick it up by the crown (the white part you can see when it's in the mouth).  Avoid touching the root.  If the tooth is dirty, rinse it gently in milk, saline, or the child's saliva.  For a permanent tooth and if possible, replant the tooth in the original position in the jaw.  Have your child bite on a handkerchief to hold the replanted tooth in position.  If replantation is not possible, place the tooth in a clean container as soon as possible with milk, Hank's Balanced Salt Solution, saliva (after spitting into a glass for example), or saline. Although water is not a good storage solution, it is better than leaving it dry.  Call us immediately and/or head to the hospital. If you act quickly it's possible to save the tooth.‚Äč

Loose Tooth

If your child has a very loose tooth, it should be removed to avoid being swallowed or inhaled.


If your child complains of a toothache, rinse their mouth with warm water and inspect the teeth to be sure there is nothing caught between them. If pain continues, use a cold compress to ease the pain. Do not apply heat or any kind of aspirin or topical pain reliever directly to the affected area, as this can cause damage to the gums. Children’s pain relievers may be taken orally.  Call us to get an appointment and call immediately if you note any swelling.  

Broken Jaw

If you know or suspect your child has sustained a broken jaw, use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Call our emergency number and/or head to the hospital immediately. In many cases a broken jaw is the result of a blow to the head. Severe blows to the head can be dangerous and even life-threatening.

Avoiding Injury

You can help your child avoid dental emergencies. Child-proof your house to avoid falls. Don't let your child chew on ice, popcorn kernels, or other hard foods. Always use car seats for young children and require seat belts for older children. If your child plays contact sports, have them wear a mouthguard. Ask us about creating a custom-fitted mouthguard for your child. Finally, prevent toothaches with regular brushing, flossing, and visits to our office.