An abscessed tooth, knocked-out tooth, or severe mouth pain are all reasons to seek immediate treatment from an emergency dentist. At Brite Smile Dental, with locations in San Diego, including the Sorrento Valley area, the team regularly sets aside time for same-day appointments to assist individuals who experience dental emergencies. If you or a loved one experiences a dental emergency, don’t wait. Call or visit the offices during business hours today.
What is an emergency dentist?
Emergency dentists like the team at Brite Smile Dental can treat gum, tongue, and tooth injuries that require immediate attention.
Many dental emergencies are situations where you might lose a broken or knocked-out tooth permanently. Coming to Brite Smile Dental, preferably within 30 minutes of your injury, could mean the difference between saving and losing your natural tooth.
What types of dental emergencies do you treat?
The team treats a wide array of dental emergencies, including:
- Gum abscesses
- Pulpal abscesses
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen gums
- Broken teeth
- Tooth trauma
You might also benefit from emergency dentistry if you still have your wisdom teeth and one or more of them become infected, irritated, or swollen.
If I knock out a tooth, what steps should I take?
If your tooth is knocked out, it’s important to act as quickly as possible. Carefully pick up your tooth by the crown and rinse off any dirt or debris using cool tap water. Then, if you can, place it back in the socket.
If your tooth won’t stay in place, pour a little milk in a cup and put your tooth in it. If you don’t have milk, you can tuck your tooth in its socket.
After knocking out your tooth, try and seek treatment at Brite Smile Dental within the hour. The faster you act, the greater the chance the team can preserve your tooth and prevent further damage.
What does treatment for a dental emergency look like?
Your treatment depends on the source of your injury and the severity of your symptoms. The team at Brite Smile Dental always makes room for same-day appointments and tries to see patients right away.
If you chip or crack a tooth, your provider might recommend a crown or filling. If you damage a tooth and expose a nerve, you may need a root canal to limit pain, before applying a crown to prevent further damage. If you lose a permanent tooth and there’s no way to preserve it, your dentist might recommend a dental implant or a dental bridge.
Following an oral exam and discussion of your goals for treatment, the Brite Smile Dental team can formulate a plan that restores your smile to its healthy, near-original condition.
If you or a loved one suffers a dental emergency, call or visit today.