Emergency Dental Care
Accidents and emergencies are an unfortunate part of life. Whether you bit down on an olive pit while dining out and cracked your tooth, lost your crown, or woke up with throbbing pain in your cheek, we want to get you in quickly, treat your pain, and solve your problem.
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, don’t waste any time. Call us right now to schedule your emergency dental appointment.
What Is a Dental Emergency?
We treat a wide range of emergency concerns. These are some of the most common we see:
- Sharp or throbbing pain in your tooth
- Pain in your gums
- Cracked or severely chipped teeth
- Lost restorations including fillings, onlays, crowns, and veneers
- Teeth that have been knocked loose or completely out
- Sudden swelling in the gums, especially when a visible lesion is present
If you aren’t sure whether you are having an emergency, give us a call. We’ll discuss your symptoms with you and help determine how soon you should be seen.
When to Go to the Emergency Room
Some emergencies do require more care than we can provide in a dental office. If you are experiencing any of the following, please go to your nearest emergency room or call 911:
- Bleeding that doesn’t stop quickly
- A blow to the head that resulted in loss of consciousness
- A head injury that leaves you feeling nauseated
- Severe swelling of the face, tongue, or neck
- A broken or dislocated jaw
Abscesses and Infections
While many of the emergency cases we see are injuries to the teeth caused by trauma, infections can be just as painful and more dangerous. When an infection isn’t treated promptly, it can spread and cause systemic problems. Pain, swelling, and pimple-like lesions on your gums that don’t heal are symptoms of an oral infection, and if you are experiencing these, you should be seen as soon as possible.
Children’s Dental Emergencies
Our office sees children, and we can treat your child if he or she is having a dental emergency. While most parents don’t hesitate to call our office if their child is in pain or is experiencing swelling in the gums or cheek, many parents don’t realize that an injured or knocked-out baby tooth is also cause for an emergency dental appointment.
It’s true that all baby teeth will eventually fall out and be replaced by permanent teeth, but if your child loses a baby tooth before it becomes loose on its own , your child could have future dental problems without prompt care.
Baby teeth act as placeholders for your child’s permanent teeth. If the tooth is lost too early, the other teeth have time to “drift.” This not only creates gaps between the teeth, but also makes it more difficult for permanent teeth to come in correctly, leading to teeth that are crooked, twisted, overlapping, or even impacted. These problems could prove very costly to fix in the future. With some easy interventions today, however, we can hold the space to prevent the other teeth from drifting and save the space for the permanent teeth to come in correctly.
Call our Tustin, CA dental office today for your emergency dental appointment.