A dental emergency is a real emergency just like any other part of the body. Emergency dentistry covers a wide list of problems such as dental trauma and injury, broken dental appliance (denture, bridge, loose crown), gum infection, severe toothache, knocked out tooth, pain, bleeding, broken teeth and more.
Why Bird Rock Dental for Emergency Dentistry
- We Accept Most PPO Insurances
- We Can Generally Treat You on Same or Next Day Basis
- Low Monthly Payments & Financing Available
- We offer a Satisfaction Guaranteed
- We Can Treat All Types of Pain, Aches and Infections.
If your tooth gets knocked out, don’t touch the root when you pick it up. Grab it by the crown. You can wash it briefly if it gets dirty. Do not scrub it or use soap. Try to place the tooth back in the socket in your gum. If that fails, put the tooth in a container of milk and come to our office.
Our dentist can reinsert the tooth in the gum socket as long as the ligaments are still alive. If the tooth cannot be saved, then we will tell you about the options for replacing the tooth: dentures, dental bridges or dental implants.
If your tooth is chipped or broken, the clock immediately starts ticking on getting it fixed. You need to gather pieces of the tooth, and place them in a container of milk. Keep an ice pack on your cheek for the swelling. Remember, the sooner you get emergency dental treatment, the higher the chances of saving your tooth.
If most of the tooth structure remains in place, we can usually restore the tooth with a crown and veneers, which can restore your tooth’s functionality and keep its natural look.
Emergency dentistry also treats sore and swollen gums usually caused by infection from plaque and gum disease. You can rinse your gums with warm salt water to soothe the pain, but if the pain is constant and your gums bleed easily then you should see an emergency dentist.
Our dentist will locate exactly where the infection is and treat it with antibiotics. If you have an abscess (pocket of pus caused by an infection), our dentist will drain the abscess, and wash the area clean. Do not try to do this yourself at home. Some patients may also need a root canal, which involves opening up the root area and cleaning out the infection inside the tooth.
Some people try to wait out the pain of an emergency, but you can't ignore the pain or delay treatment without compromising your health. An untreated infection could spread via the bloodstream to other parts of your body. This may result in a life-threatening condition called sepsis.
If your filling or crown has fallen out, you need to see our dentist as soon as possible. Do not try to re-attach the crown with superglue (yes, people do try that). Our dentist will re-attach the crown, or filling, with professional dental cement.
When you need emergency dentistry right away, please call our office at 858-401-7761. Our dentist will see you as soon as possible, and will always use pain killers for your comfort. If you have a dental emergency while we are closed, you need to seek help at the nearest emergency room. You can always make a follow-up appointment with our dentist later.