Is your mouth in pain? Got knocked out or broken teeth?
Oral injuries are often painful, and should be treated by a dentist as soon as possible. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, CALL US Immediately!
Common Types of Dental Emergencies
We define Dental Emergency as any dental situation that requires treatment promptly to relieve severe pain, save a tooth, stop uncontrolled bleeding, or treat an infection in the mouth.
If you are experiencing a life-threatening injury, call 911.
Tips on what you should do during a dental emergency
When a tooth is knocked out you should:
- Attempt to find the tooth
- Immediately call us for an emergency appointment
- Gently rinse, but do not scrub the tooth to remove dirt or debris
- Place the clean tooth in your mouth between the cheek and gum
- Do not attempt to replace the tooth into the socket. This could cause further damage
- Come see us as soon as possible. If it is within a half hour of the injury, it may be possible to re-implant the tooth
If the tooth is pushed out of place (inward or outward), it should be repositioned to its normal alignment with very light finger pressure. Do not force the tooth into the socket. Hold the tooth in place with a moist tissue or gauze. Again, it is vital that our emergency dentist see the injured individual as quickly as possible.
Injuries to the inside of the mouth include tears, puncture wounds and lacerations to the cheek, lips or tongue. The wound should be cleaned right away and the injured person taken to the emergency room for the necessary suturing and wound repair.
Bleeding from a tongue laceration can be reduced by pulling the tongue forward and using gauze to place pressure on the wound area.
How a fractured tooth is treated will depend on how badly it is broken. Regardless of the damage, a dentist should always be consulted as quickly as possible to determine appropriate treatment.
Minor Fracture – Minor fractures can be smoothed by our dentist with a sandpaper disc or simply left alone. Another option is to restore the tooth with a composite restoration. In either case, you should treat the tooth with care for several days.
Moderate Fracture – Moderate fractures include damage to the enamel, dentin and/or pulp. If the pulp is not permanently damaged, there are a variety of procedures our dentist can use to restore your tooth to its original shape and function, including the placement of a full permanent crown. If pulpal damage has occurred, further dental treatment may be required.
Severe Fracture – Severe fractures may mean a traumatized tooth with a slim chance of recovery. However, there are dental procedures available to restore even severely damaged teeth and a dentist should be consulted as soon as possible to determine if treatment is possible.
Dental Emergency Services We Offer
Dr. Nimisha Patel has been providing dental emergency care for over 18 years. She uses modern techniques and high-tech equipment to provide minimally invasive and comfortable care for her patients.
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Dr. Patel graduated from the University of California School of Dentistry (UCSF) and went on to complete advanced studies and continuing education courses in reconstructive, cosmetic, and implant training at the Advanced Dental Implant Research and Education Center (AIC). As an enthusiastic dentist with comprehensive dental expertise, Dr. Patel is proud to combine modern techniques and high-tech equipment to provide personalized and comfortable care to her patients.