Dental Emergencies in Rancho Peñasquitos
In the situation of a dental emergency give us a call at (858) 484-4880 to schedule an emergency visit to the dentist. Prompt care means receiving fast relief with professional insight. Our office is located at 9310 Carmel Mountain Rd, San Diego, CA 92129, at the corner of Carmel Mountain Road and Black Mountain Road. If for any reason you are unable to reach our office during an emergency, please dial 911.
Why Is It Important To Get Emergency Care?
Emergency care is critical in certain situations to ensure the best possible outcome for your dental health. Here are a few reasons to seek immediate care from Dr. Lee, Dr. Moeckel, and the team at Carmel Mountain Dental Care if you’re experiencing a dental emergency:
- To save your tooth – Immediate treatment (usually within 1-2 hours) is typically required to save a tooth that is loose or has been knocked out (avulsed).
- Eliminate pain and discomfort – The pain from a dental emergency can be excruciating. Seeing an experienced dentist like Dr. Lee or Dr. Moeckel is the best way to eliminate your discomfort.
- Save money – If you ignore an emergency, it may end up costing you more to treat it in the future. A damaged tooth could become infected and cause you even more pain and discomfort.
- Prevent long-term oral health issues – Repairing damaged teeth immediately is the best way to prevent and eliminate potential long-term oral health issues.
Are You Prepared For a Dental Emergency?
If you or a loved one experiences a dental emergency in Peñasquitos, you won’t want to wait to receive dental care. Receiving timely dental treatment for a cracked tooth, knocked-out tooth or damaged smile can make the difference in saving or losing one or more teeth. Dental injuries can happen at any time, and often in the least predictable situations. That is why we’re here to help you, any time of any day.
Types of Dental Emergencies
Dental health is no picnic when an accident puts your health at risk. When a dental pain or injury happens we will do everything we can to make sure you are treated as soon as possible. If a dental injury does occur, it’s important to know that you have a caring and safe environment here at Carmel Mountain Dental Care. We provide the best tools and treatment methods to protect your smile both in and out of the office.
- Broken, Cracked or Knocked out Tooth – If a tooth has been chipped or knocked out, place the exterior tooth or piece into cold milk or saliva to keep it moist as you make a call to the dentist and come in immediately for care. Be careful not to remove any gum tissue from the area and to hold a knocked out tooth by the crown, avoiding the roots. To clean the affected area rinse gently with warm water.
- Object Caught Between Teeth – Do not attempt to remove any trapped objects between the teeth with anything but regular dental floss. After gently flossing, rinse gently with warm water. If the object remains stuck, seek immediate dental care for careful removal.
- Chronic or Severe Toothache – Rinse with warm water and apply a cold press or ice pack to the outside of the cheek to reduce any swelling or pain. Refrain from placing any aspirin or medication to the gums or teeth. If swelling is present it may be an indicator of a serious infection. Seek the help of your dentist to quickly reduce or eliminate pain and properly treat the affected area.
- Chipped or Cracked Tooth – If a chipped tooth has exposed the pulp of the tooth, seek the immediate care of your dentist. A dental crown or more comprehensive form of restorative dentistry may be used to repair the tooth. In cases where a tooth is chipped and has not exposed the nerve, there is a good chance that the tooth can be restored with a dental filling or bonding. In either situation, call our office to schedule timely dental care.
- Displaced Tooth – Especially in sports, tooth displacement can be the result of a dental trauma. In this case, seek your dentist as soon as possible and do not try to reposition the tooth on your own. Apply a cold pack to the outside of the cheek to minimize any pain or swelling while you make your way to the dentist.
What NOT To Do In An Emergency
First, it is important to not panic. Call Carmel Mountain Dental Care right away for an appointment. Do not avoid going to the dentist just because you’re not sure if it’s an emergency. If you don’t know whether your situation qualifies as an emergency, don’t hesitate to call us and ask. We’re always here to help.
In most cases, you can save both time and money by heading to an emergency dentist rather than the ER. The ER is not typically equipped to deal with dental emergencies and will refer you to the closest emergency dentist to handle your treatment. You should only go to the ER if you believe your life is at risk due to an issue like a broken jaw, head and neck injuries, or heavy, uncontrollable bleeding. Use your best judgment. Otherwise, come to in Carmel Mountain Dental Care if you’re in Carmel Mountain Ranch, Bernardo, or Poway.
You should also avoid using aspirin to treat pain before coming to the dentist, as it can thin the blood and prevent proper clotting. NSAIDs (ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and naproxen) should be used instead, as they do not interfere with the clotting process.
What Counts As A Dental Emergency?
Obvious oral injuries that result in cracked, damaged and missing teeth need to be repaired right away. However, missing or damaged dental work also counts as an emergency. So do severe toothaches, which could indicate a tooth infection. Advanced cases of gum disease also count as an emergency and demand immediate treatment.
As a general rule, any dental issue that is causing you pain that you cannot treat on your own is considered a dental emergency. If this is the case, contact us right away at (858) 484-4880, or come to our office for a walk-in appointment at 9310 Carmel Mountain Rd, Ste A, San Diego, CA 92129, and we’ll treat you as soon as we can.
Your Local Emergency Dentist
Dr. Jonathan Lee and Dr. Marie Moeckel understand the importance of preventive dental care. By taking the steps to carefully protect and preserve the health and structure of your smile, the team at Carmel Mountain Dental Care stays committed to providing high quality care and comfort. If you have questions about your dental health or our emergency dental services, please give us a call at (858) 484-4880 to schedule your appointment.