Dental Emergencies

Knocked out tooth:

Baby Tooth (usually age 6 and under)

Control bleeding by applying gentle pressure with gauze or clean cloth. Do not reinsert baby tooth in socket. Baby teeth are not re-implanted. Call your dentist if you have any questions.

Permanent Tooth (usually age 6 and over)

Locate the tooth and handle by the top(crown) part of the tooth. Be careful not to touch the root. Rinse gently with water. DO NOT scrub any part of the tooth. If possible, reinsert tooth into socket and have your child hold in place with gentle finger pressure or by biting on a clean cloth. If your are not able to reinsert tooth, then place in a cup with milk, or if that is not available, saliva or water for transport to dentist. Call your dentist immediately. Time is important for saving a tooth.


Clean the are gently with brushing or flossing the area to remove food trapped. Have your child to rinse with warm salt water. You may give ibuprofen or acetaminophen for temporary pain relief. Call your dentist.

Our office is available for emergencies. Please call the office (908)722-2226 should one arise. There is a service number to reach the dentist during after hours. If the doctor is not able to respond in a timely manner, PLEASE USE YOUR JUDGEMENT to seek immediate care. Morristown Memorial Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital have dental facilities.