Emergencies

If your child is a patient of record and experiences what you feel is an emergency, please review the information below to make sure it is a true emergency before calling us. The information below will help you determine the best course of action. If you find that your child is in need of real emergency attention, please don't hesitate to call our emergency line: (480) 442-6757.

If your child was injured and lost consciousness, has blurred vision or seems disoriented, please take him/her to the emergency room to be evaluated by a physician as soon as possible.

Baby Teeth

Baby tooth is not loose, and the permanent tooth is coming in behind it.

Lingual eruption or permanent teeth erupting behind baby teeth results from abnormal patterns of root resorption. Sometimes, there is transitional crowding from the primary to permanent dentition. If you notice this, don't worry. Encourage your child to "wiggle" the baby teeth, bite on apples, etc. If a week goes by, and the baby teeth are still there or they are not getting looser, please call us to schedule an appointment.

Baby tooth was knocked out.

If your child's baby tooth got knocked out, DO NOT TRY TO REIMPLANT! Call our office for an emergency appointment. We will do our best to accommodate you as soon as possible.

Baby tooth is fractured.

If you can find the broken piece, place it in water and call our office immediately for an emergency appointment. We will do our best to accommodate you as soon as possible.

Baby tooth is turning dark.

A baby tooth turning dark is a sign of previous trauma. No treatment is indicated unless there are signs of infection.

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Permanent Teeth

Permanent tooth was knocked out.

Please read these instructions carefully. This may not happen to your child, but it could to someone else.

1. Find the tooth.
2. Grab it by the crown, NOT by the root.
3. Rinse it under water for 10 seconds, but DO NOT SCRUB.
4. Attempt to reimplant into the socket as soon as possible and have the child bite down. The success rate of reimplantation decreases dramatically in just minutes.
5. Call Desert Ridge Pediatric Dentistry immediately or go to the office as soon as possible.

If reimplantation is not possible, store the avulsed tooth in milk or underneath the patient's tooth.


Rinse with water


Grab by crown and reimplant


Spiriting done by dentist

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Permanent tooth is chipped.

Try to find the fractured piece, as we may be able to bond it back to the tooth, and call our office for assistance.

If there is blood coming directly from the tooth, the patient needs to be seen as soon as possible. Yes, even if it is Saturday night.

How do we restore the fractured teeth?


Fractured permanent tooth
with nerve exposure


Fractured pieces


Bonded with composite


Post-operative Picture

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