Unfortunately, accidents and emergencies can happen to anyone at any time. At La Jolla Dental Image, we know that dental emergencies can cause excruciating pain. This is why we offer our patients emergency dentistry. Whether you have an emergency that occurs during office hours or outside of office hours, we can help. Feel free to contact our dentist office in La Jolla at the first sign of trouble and we will squeeze you into our schedule. Our after hours dentist can also see you outside of normal business hours for your dental emergency. For severe trauma to the jaw or bleeding that will not stop, we recommend calling 911. There are several examples of dental emergencies that should not wait. If any of the following happen to you, please do not hesitate to contact us.
A knocked out tooth would be a severe dental emergency. The first step would be to find your knocked out tooth and gently rinse it off with water. Be careful not to touch or break the root. If possible, try and place the tooth back into the socket without force. If it does not go back in, no worries, just place the tooth in a glass of milk or saliva to preserve it until you can see us. To stop the bleeding, gently hold gauze over the socket. Once the bleeding stops, rinse the mouth with warm water and place a cold compress on the outside of your mouth. Come see us as soon as possible so we can save your tooth.
Severe toothaches can be caused from a number of reasons. When a toothache is causing unbearable pain, there are a few steps you can take to find relief. First, rinse out your mouth with warm water and floss to remove any potential food particles that can be stuck. Next, place a cold compress over your mouth where the pain is – this will reduce swelling and help relieve any pain. Give our dentist office in La Jolla a call and we will fit you into our schedule.
When in doubt you somehow manage to chip, crack or break your tooth, you will need dental assistance, especially if it is causing you pain. At the first sign of trouble, try to stop any bleeding by lightly applying gauze to the tooth. To prevent excessive swelling and to help reduce pain, gently press a cold compress against your mouth where your tooth hurts. Get in touch with our dentist in La Jolla as soon as possible for a same day appointment.
Partially Dislodged Tooth
When one of your teeth have become partially dislodged, you are no doubt in pain that is causing you trouble talking and chewing. Don’t wait to give our after hours La Jolla dentist a call for your dental emergency. Until you come to see us, you can apply gauze to stop the bleeding and use an ice pack on the outside of your mouth to prevent swelling and to help with pain. Don’t wait
Missing Fillings and Restorations
If one of your restorations or fillings has gone missing, it can cause you pain in addition to make your tooth vulnerable to bacteria and food particles. When a filling has fallen out, you can cover your tooth with sugar free gum to protect your tooth until you see your dentist. In the event that a dental crown, bridge or other restoration has fallen off, try to put it back into place. If it doesn’t stay, simply keep it safe until you see our dentist to reinstall it. It’s important not to wait to see a dentist if your filling or restoration goes missing, otherwise your teeth can be in danger.
Abscesses and Tissue Damage
If you have an abscess or any gum tissue damage, you can rinse your mouth with salt water several times a day to try and get rid of it. Moist gauze can be applied to the wound to help stop bleeding and relieve pain in addition to cold compresses on the outside of the mouth. If unsuccessful, please contact our La Jolla emergency dentist to assist you.
Contact Our Emergency Dentist in La Jolla
At La Jolla Dental Image, Dr. Hamidy offers his patients same day appointments in addition to after hours emergency dental care. If you feel you are having a dental emergency, please contact us by calling 858-202-0481.