Dr. Mila Cohen covers a number of dental emergency conditions, all of which require immediate dental care. Your emergency dentist is trained in treating a wide range of emergency dental conditions and is used to handling kids in pain.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

  • Find the tooth. Handle the tooth by the crown, not the root portion.

  • You may briefly rinse the tooth with saline or milk, but DO NOT clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily.

  • Inspect the tooth for fractures.

  • If it is not broken, try to reinsert it in its socket. Have the patient keep the tooth in place by biting on gauze.

  • If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing milk. Time is critical. Seek immediate dental care!

  • Note: Primary (baby) teeth are not generally replaced in the socket as this can damage the permanent tooth underneath, however, prompt care by a dentist is recommended.

Broken Tooth

  • Rinse dirt from the injured area with warm water.

  • Place a cold compress over the area of the injury.

  • Locate and save any broken tooth fragments.

  • Immediate dental attention is necessary.

Broken Braces and Wires

  • If a broken appliance can be removed easily, take it out. If it cannot, cover the sharp or protruding portion with wax.

  • If a wire is stuck in the gum, cheek or tongue, do not remove it. Take the patient to a dentist immediately.

  • Asymptomatic loose or broken appliances do not usually require emergency attention.

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek

  • Rinse the mouth or area of injury with warm salt water or hydrogen peroxide diluted with water (50% water & 50% hydrogen peroxide).

  • If the patient’s lip or cheek is swollen, apply cold compresses.

  • Take the patient to a dentist.


  • Clean the area of the affected tooth thoroughly.

  • Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm water or use dental floss to dislodge impacted food or debris.

  • DO NOT place aspirin on the gum or on the aching tooth. If the patient’s face is swollen, apply cold compresses.

  • Take the patient to a dentist.

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255 Brunswick St, Suite #5
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Emergencies That Require an Emergency Room Visit

Some injuries involving the mouth and jaw require immediate attention in a hospital emergency room setting. These injuries may involve other considerations such as brain injury or the need for stitches. If your child experiences any of the following injuries, take them to the nearest hospital, not to a dentist urgent care center:

  • Split lip or tongue

  • Serious head trauma

  • Fractured jaw

In the case of trauma that results in pain in a tooth or teeth, it’s essential to make an appointment at a children’s dentist urgent care office. Sometimes, after ER treatment, the doctors refer you to a specialist like a dentist to take care of long-term tooth care. Following their advice may save your child from preventable complications down the road.