If your child has suffered a blow to the head or any other life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or proceed to your nearest emergency room. If your child faces a dental emergency, call us immediately. We are always here to assist when your child’s dental health is at risk. Here are some tips on dealing with urgent dental situations:

Cut Lip, Tongue or Cheek

If your child falls or has trauma to the lips, gums or cheek, apply a cold compress to the sites that are bleeding.

Inspect the mouth to see if any teeth are loose. Give MOTRIN® (preferred) or TYLENOL® to reduce inflammation and pain. Call our office to see if an appointment is needed.

Facial Swelling

If you notice facial swelling or a swollen cheek, please call our office immediately. However, if facial swelling approaches the eye or is causing your child to have trouble breathing, this is a medical emergency and you need to call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.


If your child has a toothache, ask him or her what makes it hurt. If it hurts spontaneously or continuously, please make an appointment immediately. We don’t want your child to be in pain. If the pain was an isolated event, be sure there is no food debris caught between the teeth or in the gums. Give MOTRIN and make an appointment if any pain continues.

Knocked-Out Tooth

If your child knocks out a PERMANENT tooth, this is a dental emergency. Put the tooth in milk, not water. Call our office immediately. Try not to touch the root of the tooth. If this happens at school or a sporting event, look for an athletic trainer or a school nurse to see if they have Save-A-Tooth™ solution. This solution keeps the cells of the tooth living longer.

Broken Tooth

If your child breaks or chips a permanent tooth, try to find the pieces of the tooth, apply a cold compress to the area and call our office to make an appointment.

If your child knocks out a BABY tooth, we can’t put it back in the mouth. The priority is to not damage the developing permanent tooth underneath. Rinse your child’s mouth and have him or her bite on a cold washcloth. Call our office to see if an appointment is needed. Find the tooth and get them excited about the tooth fairy! We hear the tooth fairy is extra generous with an unexpected tooth loss!


If you have any questions of would like to set up an appointment with Dr. Jeff Flannery, our pediatric dentist in Birmingham, Alabama, contact Oak Mountain Pediatric Dentistry at 205-980-1338 today.