Before you or a loved one experiences a dental emergency, we recommend putting Poway Valley Dental Group’s number in your phone right now. That way, should someone develop an awful toothache or accidentally break/knock out a tooth, you can give us a call without delay. We’re happy to see emergency patients immediately so that no one ever has to be left waiting in pain. With us, you can get the urgent attention you need from your trusted emergency dentist in Poway, CA and trust your dental emergency will soon become a distant (if unpleasant) memory.
When it comes to dental emergencies, the last place you should go is the ER. While the staff will be highly-trained, they likely have little to no dental experience, meaning valuable time will be wasted that could be used to save a tooth. If it concerns the teeth, it’s always smart to contact Poway Valley Dental Group first. We’ll walk you through first-aid over the phone and schedule an appointment ASAP. Until you’re able to reach us, here are a few things you can do to take control of the situation:
Clean around the tooth to remove any food debris that might be stuck and causing the pain. If this doesn’t fix the issue outright, taking an OTC medicine and placing a cold compress on the cheek can help lessen any discomfort as well.
Try to gather up as many pieces of the tooth that you can, put them in a safe container, and remember to bring them to our dental office. A cold compress can help manage swelling, and the remaining tooth should be covered with either sugarless gum or dental wax to keep it from cutting the inside of the mouth.
Find the tooth, avoid touching the root, and gently rinse off any debris with lukewarm water. It is possible for us to put a fully dislodged tooth back into place, but you must keep it wet to help it stay alive until we can see you. Try putting it back into the socket, and if this doesn’t work, hold it between the cheek and gums, or store it in a container with milk or saltwater.
While a loose/dislodged dental restoration might not seem like a big deal, it’s still best to have one repaired quickly so the newly exposed tooth doesn’t develop any decay or sensitivity. Place the restoration back onto the tooth, and if it won’t stay, a small dab of toothpaste should help.
When it comes to emergencies, prevention is always much easier than treatment! These tips will drastically lower your chances of needing to make a sudden, unexpected dental visit:
No two dental emergencies are exactly alike, so the cost of treating one is always different from patient to patient as well. Whenever a patient comes to see us with an urgent problem, we strive to get them out of pain first, and then we explain how we can repair any damage to their teeth. To make this type of care more affordable (because it’s always an unexpected expense), we accept a majority of dental insurance plans, and we offer low-to-no interest financing as well.