Emergency Dental Care
San Diego Dentists who are Friendly and Knowledgeable
Same-day emergency treatment
We try as best as we can to treat emergency cases on an immediate basis—on the same day if possible, or within 24 hours. The doctor’s first aim is to get you out of pain right away.
If you have any of the below issues, you should call us right away:
- Cracked tooth
- Broken tooth
- Objects caught between teeth
- Knocked-out tooth
- Jaw possibly broken
Below are some helpful tips if you are in pain or have had an accident.
A knocked-out tooth
- Place the tooth back in the mouth where it fell out (if possible), and bite down gently on gauze or a wet tea bag to hold it in place, being careful not to swallow the tooth.
- If the above step is not possible, place the tooth in a container and cover with a small amount of whole milk or saliva. The tooth can also be carried between lower lip and lower gum or under the tongue.
- Call the dentist right away, it is important to handle this as quickly as possible.
A lost filling: Temporarily seal the exposed cavity with a piece of sugarless gum or over-the-counter dental cement.
Toothache: Rinse your mouth with warm water and floss to remove food particles. If there is any swelling, apply a cold compress to the area.
Dental abscess: Contact our office immediately. If left untreated, an abscess can lead to a serious infection. Rinse your mouth with a mild saline solution of ½ teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of water several times a day.
Loose crown: If a crown feels loose or becomes detached, carefully attempt to slip it back on. First, prepare the inside of the crown with over-the-counter dental cement, denture adhesive or even toothpaste. Otherwise bring the crown with you to our office.
Broken tooth : Save all pieces of the broken tooth and rinse your mouth with warm water to remove any fragments left. Apply a cold compress to the area.