Emergency Dental Care
Emergency Pediatric Dentist in Rochester, NY
If you believe your child is having a dental emergency, please contact us immediately at 585-424-5005 for a same-day dental appointment. If it is outside our office hours, please call the office to reach the on-call doctor.
Monday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost of a Dental Emergency
Dental emergencies follow the same payment guidelines as normal dental practices. For insurance information, forms of payment, and all other payment information, visit our financial page.Financial and Insurance Information
What is a Dental Emergency?
Dental emergencies are any dental problems that need immediate treatment to stop bleeding, save a tooth, treat a severe infection, or alleviate severe pain. Severe infections or tooth abscesses can be life-threatening and you should call your child’s dentist immediately. If your child’s dentist is unavailable, seek urgent care at your nearest medical facility.
If any of the following statements apply to your child, they are having a dental emergency and you should contact us immediately.
- They have a tooth knocked out.
- Their tooth has been chipped or cracked.
- Their mouth is bleeding and won’t stop.
- They’re in extreme pain or experiencing severe swelling in their gums, mouth, or jaw.
- They have a toothache and swelling in their cheeks or face.
- Their jaw is injured.
- Their teeth are extremely sensitive and the sensitivity will not subside.
- Their tooth is loose or out of alignment.
Home Care for Dental Emergencies
What if my child's tooth gets knocked out?
- Pick up the tooth by the top (crown), NOT by the root—do not touch the root.
- Rinse the tooth very gently with only water, no soaps or chemicals. Do NOT scrub the tooth.
- If possible, place the tooth back into the socket. Gently push it in with your fingers then hold it in place while trying to bite down.
- If you can’t place the tooth back into the socket, put it in a container with milk.
- Contact your dentist right away—the faster you act, the more likely it is that your tooth will be able to be reimplanted.
What if my child's tooth is loose but still attached?
If your child has a loose tooth or a tooth out of alignment, contact us right away to get an appointment setup as soon as possible. You can try to put the tooth back in its original position by very gently positioning the tooth with your fingers—do not force it. We will advise on if there is anything else you should do in the meantime, prior to your appointment.
What if my child has a chipped or cracked tooth?
If your child has a chipped or cracked tooth, contact your dentist right away. Chipped teeth that aren’t painful can usually be smoothed out or filled in at a regular dental appointment. A cracked tooth typically indicates that there’s damage to the inside of the tooth, as well as the outside. If your child's tooth is cracked please follow these steps, after contacting your dentist.
- Rinse your child's mouth with warm water
- Apply a cold compress to minimize swelling
- Take acetaminophen (not aspirin) to alleviate pain
- Do NOT apply any pain medication—including Orajel—directly to the gums, as it can damage gum tissue