Rancho Peñasquitos Emergency Dentist

Are you prepared for a dental emergency?

If you or a loved one experiences a dental emergency in the Rancho Peñasquitos area, 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.

Same-day appointments
Conveniently located
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  • Same-day appointments
  • Conveniently located
  • Easy online scheduling

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. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, here are a few reasons to seek immediate care from Dr. Lee and the team at Carmel Mountain Dental Care:

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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).

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Eliminate Pain

The pain from a dental emergency can be excruciating. But being treated by an experienced dentist is the best way to eliminate your discomfort.

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Save Money

If you ignore an emergency, it may end up costing you more to treat it in the future. Visit Carmel Mountain Dental Care in Rancho Peñasquitos to get treatment today.

Stephanie V.

"The team at Carmel Mountain Dental Care saw me same-day when I chipped my front tooth. They relieved my pain and fixed my smile in no time! I would recommend them to anyone who finds themselves in a dental emergency!"

Stephanie V.

"I have been a patient at CMDC for 3 years now. This place is truly a gem and I will not go anywhere else! I have seen multiple hygienists and two different dentists, they have all treated me with the best care, respect and great service. I have a lot of sensitivity, they keep that in mind and are gentle. They truly go above and beyond for their patients and I no longer dread the dentist! Thank you!"

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Trust Our Team To Protect Your Smile

It's no picnic when an accident puts your dental health at risk. When you or a loved one experiences a dental injury, our Rancho Peñasquitos team 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.

Dental Emergency First Steps

If you're experiencing 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. So if you’re in Carmel Mountain Ranch, Rancho Peñasquitos, or Poway, visit our office at 9310 Carmel Mountain Road, Suite A, San Diego, CA 92129, at the corner of Carmel Mountain Road and Black Mountain Road. If you feel your emergency is life-threatening, please dial 911.

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Dental Emergency Frequently Asked Questions

We know dental emergencies can be complicated and overwhelming but the team at Carmel Mountain Dental Care is here to put you at ease by answering our patients' most commonly asked questions.

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 can also be emergencies 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 describes your situation, contact us right away at (858) 484-4880, or come to our office for a walk-in appointment at 9310 Carmel Mountain Rd, Suite A, San Diego, CA 92129, and we’ll treat you as soon as we can.

What do I do if I have a broken, cracked or knocked out tooth?

If a tooth has been broken or knocked out, rinse the tooth or broken piece with clean water and place it in a small bag or container of cold milk or your own saliva. The goal to keep it moist and avoid touching the roots if they are exposed. Clean the affected area by gently rinsing your mouth with lukewarm water. If you're bleeding, use sterile gauze and gentle pressure to slow it down, taking care not to bite down too hard. Then call our office to schedule a same day appointment. We will see you as soon as possible.

What do I do if I've chipped or cracked my tooth?

If a chipped tooth has exposed the pulp of the tooth, call us right away. 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.

If your tooth has cracked, stay calm and make an appointment at our Rancho Peñasquitos dental office. Avoid chewing or biting down with that tooth until we can assess the damage and create a treatment plan for you.

What do I do if I have an object stuck between my teeth?

Do not attempt to remove any trapped objects between the teeth with anything but regular dental floss. After carefully flossing, rinse gently with warm water. If the object remains stuck, come into the office and we'll carefully remove it.

What do I do if I have a chronic or severe toothache?

Chronic pain may be the result of an infected tooth and might require a filling or root canal, depending on the severity of the infection. These treatments are common and relatively simple to perform. Don’t worry about the stigma of root canals. The procedure will help get you out of pain and back to your life. The most important thing is to not ignore chronic pain. When something hurts, it means something is wrong. Get the care you need before the issue gets worse and more costly to treat.

Sudden tooth pain is usually the result of a dental trauma. In either case, call us for treatment as soon as possible. Apply a cold pack to the outside of the cheek to minimize any pain or swelling while you make your way to our office.

What do I do if I have a displaced tooth?

Tooth displacement can be the result of a dental trauma. In this case, reach out to Carmel Mountain Dental Care as soon as possible. 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 your dentist in Rancho Peñasquitos.

What NOT to do in an emergency

First of all, don't 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.

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.

$150 New Patient Special!

First visit to Carmel Mountain Dental Care? Schedule your New Patient Appointment today to meet the team and get the quality care you deserve at Carmel Mountain Dental Care in Rancho Peñasquitos. Our New Patient Special includes a comprehensive exam, cleaning, x-rays, and a personalized treatment plan.

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