Emergency Care Instructions
If your child has a medical emergency, please call 911
If your child has a dental emergency, please call Dr. Atherton’s office at 425-869-1830. After hours instructions will be on the phone recording.

Common Dental Injuries:

Knocked out Primary (Baby) Tooth

Contact Dr. Atherton as soon as possible. The baby tooth should not be replanted because of the potential for subsequent damage to the developing permanent tooth.

Knocked out Permanent (Adult) Tooth

Find the tooth!! Do not handle or try to clean the tooth. Place it in a zip lock bag with cold, plain, milk and pack ice around the outside of the bag. Call Dr. Atherton’s office immediately. Fast action improves the chances of saving the tooth. Don’t forget to bring the tooth!

Chipped or Fractured Tooth

Contact Dr. Atherton’s office immediately! Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling if the lip also was injured. If you can find the broken tooth fragment, place it in water and bring it with you to the dental office.


Dental pain can be caused by many different problems such as deep cavities, food stuck between the teeth, infections, new teeth coming in and traumas. Over-the-counter pain medications (if your child is NOT allergic to them) can be quite effective when dosed according to your child’s weight and age. Examples of pain medications are Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and Acetaminophen (Tylenol.) Cold compresses can also be effective. When in doubt, always call Dr. Atherton’s office for guidance or emergency treatment.


Visible swelling of any kind, in or around the mouth requires immediate attention. Please call Dr. Atherton’s office.