Emergency Dentistry in Santee

What is emergency dentistry?

Emergency Dentistry is where patients receive immediate care after experiencing a dental injury or are experiencing severe tooth pain. The main goal of emergency dental treatment is to reduce pain as soon as possible and optimize your oral health in the process. By offering openings in their schedules for emergency situations that require same-day, after-hours, or weekend appointments; Your dentist can provide the necessary emergency treatment you require so you can be back to smiling with ease.

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Did you know…

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A tooth infection can spread to other parts of your body and cause further dental issues if left untreated.

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What to do in a dental emergency

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Remain Calm

We know that an unexpected dental injury can be painful and cause panic, but it’s important to remain calm. We want you to know that nearly every dental issue can be addressed, treated, and resolved by your dentist. We are here to help, so don’t panic.

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Reduce Bleeding

If you’re bleeding due to your dental injury or accident, then please use a strip of clean gauze to apply pressure to the injured area. This should help slow down the bleeding within an hour.

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Control Swelling & Pain

Over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen can temporarily help ease pain and some swelling, but please avoid medications like blood-thinning aspirins. Blood thinners make it difficult to control the blood flow and prevent clotting. Applying an ice pack to your cheek near the injury can also help relieve pain.

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Call Us Right Away

Don’t hesitate to call us once you’ve gained control of your situation, our team can help assess the severity of your injury and get you into our office as soon as possible for treatment.

The importance of prompt emergency care

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Same-Day Dental Care

With same-day appointments, this means a dentist will address your dental injury the same day you call to receive emergency dental treatment. Ignoring a dental emergency can put you at risk for more serious complications in the future. With a broken tooth, it could become infected and require a root canal. Delaying treatment only forces you to experience pain that you don’t need to live with, since we offer same-day dental care to ensure you get the treatment you deserve when you need it most.

Common Emergency Procedures

Once the dental emergency has been addressed, your dentist may recommend specific treatments to restore your oral health. If you have broken, damaged, or decayed teeth; Then your dentist may recommend getting dental crowns. If you’re experiencing severe/chronic headaches due to an underlying infection, then a root canal procedure may be recommended. A common procedure used to stabilize a loose/knocked-out tooth is tooth splinting, which allows for proper healing. Sometimes, tooth extractions may be recommended to remove injured teeth that cannot be fixed with other restorative dental methods.

Did you know…

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Kids and adults lose over five million teeth every year!

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Have questions about emergency dentistry? Find answers here.

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What should I do if I’ve knocked out a tooth?

When recovering your tooth, grab it by the top (the crown) and avoid touching the bottom (the root). This will help prevent further damage to your tooth, as the roots of our teeth are fragile. Then, rinse it with warm water to keep it clean. If possible, put the tooth back in its socket as this will allow a better chance for your tooth to be reinserted.

If not, put the tooth in a container of milk to keep it moisturized before you can see your dentist. If this is a serious dental emergency, call us for immediate guidance, and don’t spend too much time trying to ease the pain. To save your tooth, it must be replaced and splinited by your dentist within 1-2 hours. For help that can’t wait, come to our office as soon as you can.

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What should I do if my dental work has fallen out?

If any of your dental work has fallen out, put any of it into a plastic bag or container if possible and bring it with you to your appointment. Call us immediately so that we can schedule an emergency visit as soon as possible to treat the issue.

Losing pieces of your dental work exposes your tooth to bacteria. This can cause infection, further decay/damage, and other complications. This is an issue that requires a same-day appointment, so please contact us right away as this is a serious issue. We will do everything we can to restore your smile with new restorative dental work.

What should I do about a severe toothache?

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If your severe toothache lasts longer than a day or two, it’s possible that you have a tooth infection, which is a serious dental emergency. You may need a root canal in order to restore and revitalize your tooth. Give us a call as soon as you can to schedule your appointment. Apply an ice pack, take over-the-counter pain relievers, and apply Orajel or a similar product to help soothe the pain in the time before you can make it to our office.

What should I do about a chipped, broken or cracked tooth?

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Even if you think the damage is minor, don’t hesitate in giving us a call for a same-day appointment. We won’t know the severity of the damage without a professional dental exam. If left untreated, your tooth can become infected and cause further complications. The best thing you can do is give us a call, so we can get you into our office as soon as possible. This way your dentist can examine the tooth, determine the damage, and offer treatment recommendations that will help best to repair and protect your smile.

What should I do about a loose tooth?

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If your dental injury has caused your tooth to loosen, call our team immediately so we can squeeze you in for a same-day appointment. Without proper care, the nerves that support your tooth could die and can cause your tooth to fall out. We are here to help you, so don’t hesitate to contact us!

Once your appointment is scheduled, keeping your tooth stable is what’s important. Try to avoid touching your loose tooth with your tongue or fingers. Once you make it to our office for your emergency treatment, your dentist will attach your loose tooth to adjacent teeth by applying a stabilizing tooth splint. This will allow your tooth to re-attach to your gums over time and heal.

Did you know…

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By placing a knocked out tooth in cold milk, you can preserve the root while you head to your emergency appointment.

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