A dental emergency is any situation where the teeth are experiencing severe pain or have sustained an injury that requires immediate care. This can include things like extreme toothaches or broken/knocked out teeth. Rather than going to the ER and wasting time in the waiting room, patients in need of urgent dental care can simply call Del Mar Dental Arts. We’re able to accept emergency patients and will happily adjust our schedule so we can see people and provide the relief they need as quickly as possible.
Should you or a loved one experience a dental emergency, take a moment to calm down, and give us a call immediately. Our team will walk you through first-aid tips over the phone, and if you need to be seen by Dr. Alhamdi right away, we can schedule an appointment. In the meantime, however, there are a few things you can do to reduce any discomfort associated with the emergency:
Toothaches can range from annoying to excruciating, and they are often the result of a dental infection, crack in the enamel, or just a piece of food being stuck between the teeth. After thoroughly rinsing and flossing the area, take an OTC medication and apply a cold compress to the face in 10-minute intervals.
First, it’s important to recover any large pieces of the tooth that you can find and place them in a safe container. A cold compress can help manage any swelling or pain, and the remaining tooth should be covered as well to prevent it from cutting the inside of the mouth. You can use sugarless gum or dental wax to do this.
It is possible to secure a fully dislodged tooth back into place, but only within a few hours of the initial accident, so you need to move fast in this situation! After finding the tooth and giving it a gentle rinse, be sure to keep it wet until you can make it to our dental office. You can do this by placing it back into the socket, holding it between the cheek and gums, or putting it in a container with milk or saltwater.
This isn’t always cause for alarm, but it’s smart to have a broken restoration repaired quickly to prevent the exposed tooth from developing any decay, damage, or pain. Try to place the restoration back onto your tooth and avoid chewing with it. A little dab of toothpaste can work as a temporary adhesive if needed.
Dental emergencies can be stressful and painful, but thankfully, they can largely be avoided using the following tips:
Every dental emergency situation is different from patient to patient, and as such, the cost of treatment always varies as well. Our goal is always to get a patient out of pain as fast as possible before repairing any damage, which may involve placing a small filling or extracting multiple teeth depending on the scenario. Because this type of care is always a surprise, we’re happy to accept PPO insurance, provide financing, and even have our own In-House Dental Savings Plan to help make it more affordable.
Dental emergencies can be scary, which is why we want you to be prepared in case they do happen. So, for your convenience, we’ve gathered this list of frequently asked questions about dental emergencies to help you out.
The sooner you can get to us and receive treatment, the better. This is especially true if you’ve recently knocked out a tooth. In that case, you have only an hour or so to reach our office and have a chance of successful reimplantation. In some other situations, such as a lost crown or filling, the situation isn’t quite as urgent. You can simply practice the self-care mentioned above for a couple days if need be before visiting us. Still, you should call and schedule an appointment as soon as it’s convenient.
We completely understand being nervous to treat your dental problem, even if it is urgent. Rest assured that emergency dental treatments, like root canals and tooth extractions, are often quite comfortable and can in fact relieve your pain. However, if you suffer from a dental phobia, keep in mind that Dr. Alhamdi, your trusted dentist in Carmel Valley, offers sedation to help soothe your dental anxieties.
First things first, try and use dental floss to dislodge the object. If that doesn’t work, do NOT use anything sharp, like a toothpick or the tip of a knife, to try and remove it. You could end up causing damage to the soft tissues in your mouth. Instead, call us. We have the special tools and training necessary to remove objects that have been caught in the teeth.
Since primary, or baby, teeth fall out anyway, it may be tempting to not consider this a dental emergency. However, if a primary tooth gets knocked out before it’s ready, Dr. Alhamdi needs to evaluate the situation. Your child may need to wear space retainers for a while until the underlying adult tooth is ready to erupt.
Tooth sensitivity might not seem like a big deal, but it can be indicative of larger issues, like gum recession. If you have one tooth that is significantly more sensitive than the rest, it may be a sign that that tooth is infected and needs root canal treatment to remove the infected nerve within the tooth. Try using toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth. If your discomfort doesn’t subside with that, then visit us. Dr. Alhamdi should be able to pinpoint the cause of your sensitivity.