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What You Need to Know About Dental Emergencies

Many people are not sure what counts as a dental emergency, or when a dental concern warrants immediate attention by a dentist.

To help you understand this topic, Carmel Mountain Dental Care will take a look at the most common dental emergencies, and how they’re treated.

What Counts As A Dental Emergency?

There are many different definitions of a dental emergency. We define a dental emergency as any dental issue that’s painful and cannot be treated at home. Here are some of the most common dental emergencies.

  • Cracked, chipped, damaged teeth – Teeth can be cracked or damaged due to bruxism (teeth grinding), tooth decay, accidents (like knocks or falls), and impact injuries from sports. A cracked or damaged tooth is extremely painful and poses a risk of infection, so it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Typical treatment may include dental inlays/onlays, dental bonding, or a crown to cap the damaged tooth.
  • Loose tooth – Loose teeth can be caused by tooth decay, periodontal disease, or impact injuries. If you have a loose tooth, seek treatment right away. Avoid “tonguing” or moving the loose tooth, and try to keep it properly aligned in its socket until you get treatment. In some instances, surgery is unnecessary. Only in serious cases will a dental splint or tooth removal be suggested.
  • Impacted tooth – An impacted tooth is any tooth that’s driven down into the socket. This is most commonly seen in impact injuries from contact sports. Impacted teeth can damage your roots and gum tissue, and pose a serious infection risk.
  • Damaged dental work – If a filling, crown, or other dental restoration is damaged, that counts as a dental emergency. You need to see a dentist right away to get your dental work restored.
  • Serious toothache – If you have an extremely painful toothache that won’t go away, that counts as a dental emergency. Your tooth could be infected, and you may be at risk of tooth loss. You’ll likely need root canal therapy from Carmel Mountain Dental Care, although treatment will depend on the cause of your toothache.
  • Knocked Out (avulsed) tooth – Missing teeth are a very serious medical emergency. After you lose a tooth, try to recover it as quickly as possible, and keep it in either a saline solution or a glass of milk until you can schedule an emergency dentist appointment. If treatment is provided quickly enough, a missing tooth can be splinted and bonded back into place.

In every one of these cases, treatment must be sought as soon as possible. Ideally, you should try to see a dentist within an hour of a serious dental emergency. However, most dental emergencies can still be treated effectively within 12-24 hours.

Got Tooth Pain In San Diego? Come To Carmel Mountain Dental Care For Emergency Treatment!

At Carmel Mountain Dental Care, we understand how critical it is for you to get the emergency care you need, which is why we offer flexible hours, and always try to accommodate your appointments. We offer expert emergency dental services, whether you’re in Carmel Valley, Rancho Bernardo, Poway, or 4S Ranch!

So if you’re suffering from a broken tooth in San Diego, your dental work has failed, or you’re suffering from a painful toothache, get in touch with Carmel Mountain Dental Care today.

Dr. H. Jonathan Lee and Dr. Marie A. Moeckel can provide you with the emergency medical attention that you need! Learn more about our services from our customer testimonials.

Call today at (858) 484-4880 to schedule your emergency appointment, or come visit our office at 9310 Carmel Mountain Rd Ste. A, San Diego, CA 92129.

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