Emergency Dentistry for Children – Arlington Heights, IL

Get Your Little One Out of Dental Pain

Severe dental discomfort and damaged teeth should always be taken very seriously. Not only will your child be in pain, but they could also be at risk for severe oral health problems that disrupt the development of their smile. Even small issues can quickly turn into major dental issues when ignored, so keep our phone number on hand and call Dr. Welke immediately as soon as your child suffers from a dental emergency; we’ll fit them into our schedule immediately to receive emergency dentistry for children in Arlington Heights, IL!

Mother helping child learn to ride a bike after emergency dentistry treatment

Why Choose Arlington Heights Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry for Emergency Dentistry?

  • Same-Day Emergency Appointments
  • Friendly, Knowledgeable Pediatric Specialist
  • Child-Friendly Sedation Options

Handling Dental Emergencies

Child in need of emergency dentistry covering mouth

You need to be prepared to perform dental first aid for your child so that they can handle the pain while waiting for an emergency dental appointment. If you call our pediatric dental office, we’ll be able to give you tips on taking care of your little one’s teeth and gums. The tips below cover some of the most common dental emergencies, but every situation is different, so make sure that you describe your child’s symptoms in as much detail as possible when you call.


Child with toothache holding cheek

Check to see if their tooth is loose, discolored, or broken. Help them floss to remove food particles trapped between their teeth, and have them rinse with salt water. Give them a cold compress to keep the swelling down. An anti-inflammatory medication can sometimes help. You can also apply clove oil to the affected area for temporary relief.

Chipped/Broken Tooth 

Young girl with cipped tooth covering her smile

Bring your child to the emergency dentist as soon as possible; even minor damage could have lasting oral health consequences. Rinse your child’s mouth out with cold water and apply an ice bag to any swollen areas. Recover any lost tooth fragments if you can and bring them with you; it might be possible to reattach them in some cases.

Knocked-Out Tooth

Hand holding a knocked out tooth

Even if the knocked-out tooth was a baby tooth, you should still see us immediately so that we can check whether any damage was done to the rest of the mouth. If a permanent tooth is lost, pick it up by the crown, rinse it off, and put it in a glass of cold milk. It may be possible to save the tooth if you act quickly enough.

Lost Filling/Crown

Dentist replacing a lost filling

Recover the restoration immediately if possible; it’s not dangerous if your child swallows it by accident, but if it’s still intact we might be able to put it back on the tooth. Have your child rinse their mouth to keep the exposed tooth clean. Clove oil can be used to temporarily decrease sensitivity.

Preventing Dental Emergencies

Child receiving regular dental checkup to prevent dental emergencies

While some emergencies are simply unavoidable, many of them are genuinely preventable. Keep your child safe from tooth decay and gum disease by:

  • Making sure they brush their teeth every morning and right before bed.
  • Bringing them to our pediatric dental office every six months for a checkup.
  • Stopping them from chewing on fingernails or other hard, inedible objects.
  • Giving them a protective mouthguard to wear whenever they play sports.
  • Teaching them to use scissors to cut and open things instead of their teeth.

Treating Dental Emergencies 

Child smiling at dentist after treating dental emergencies

Our top priority will be to soothe your child’s pain and to keep them as calm and comfortable as possible while we look for the root cause of the problem. Since no two emergencies are the same, we can only give you a treatment plan after we’ve had a look at your child’s smile. Sometimes the issue will be simple enough to resolve with a filling, but more complex issues might involve treatments such as pulpotomy.

Tooth Extractions

Child smiling during tooth extraction visit

We always prefer leaving a natural tooth in your child’s mouth whenever possible, and we will only remove it when other treatments would be ineffective. Common reasons for extractions in children include:

  • Severe infections under the tooth.
  • A cavity that’s so big a filling or crown cannot be placed.
  • Overly crowded teeth that are preventing necessary orthodontic treatment.
  • Baby teeth that are seriously damaged or have remained in place for longer than they were supposed to.