There’s nothing worse than having an unexpected dental emergency that ruins your day! It can happen anytime, anywhere, when you least expect it, and if you decide to wait and not get immediate attention for it, further damage may occur. We can treat your dental emergency the same day—even on Saturdays.
Dr. Yoo has been handling dental emergencies throughout his entire career as a dentist. He and his caring, knowledgeable staff are well-equipped to handle any dental emergency you may have. They are here for you!
The first thing he will do when you come in is listen to your concerns and examine your mouth to accurately identify the problem. If you are in pain, he will address that first. Once he identifies the problem, he will determine the proper treatment that you need.
Steps that are taken to handle your emergency
- We will do an exam focusing on the problem area to identify your problem and find the best solution for it.
- Low-radiation digital X-rays are taken to see inside the tooth’s structure, giving Dr. Yoo a clear and complete view of what the problem is.
- Your treatment for your dental emergency begins that same day to relieve you of your pain and fix any problem which may require a root canal, extraction, fillings replaced, or a crown to restore a tooth’s structure.
Ways you can help yourself during a dental emergency
- Toothache – A number of things can cause toothaches. You may have tooth decay that has gone untreated or perhaps an inflamed, infected nerve root that may require a root canal. Maybe a sports injury or some sort of blunt-force impact has caused your tooth or teeth to ache. Rinse your mouth with warm water and floss to remove any loose debris. If there is swelling, apply a cold compress to the area.
- Broken tooth – You can break a tooth if it already has a fracture and you bite into an apple or something hard that causes it to break. Also, old, large fillings can compromise a tooth’s structure and your tooth can break when you bite into something hard. The best thing is to rinse your mouth with warm water. Save all the pieces of your tooth if you can. Apply a cold compress to the area.
- Knocked-out tooth – Car accidents, falling off a bicycle, sports injuries, or any other type of blunt-force trauma to the face can knock-out a person’s teeth. You have a couple of options here: place the tooth back in place where it fell out and bite down gently on gauze or a wet tea bag to hold it in place. Be careful not to swallow it! If putting the tooth back in place is not possible, then place the tooth in a container with a small amount of whole milk. You can also transport your tooth in your mouth, next to your cheek or use an emergency tooth preservation kit (such as Save-a-Tooth®).
- Lost dental filling – This can occur especially when the filling is old and you may lose it when you bite into a piece of food. You can temporarily seal the exposed cavity with a piece of sugarless gum or over-the-counter dental cement.
- Loose crown – If your crown feels loose or becomes detached, carefully try to slip it back on. If you can, prepare the inside of the crown with an over-the-counter dental cement, denture adhesive, or even toothpaste. Otherwise, bring the crown with you to our office.
- Dental abscess – A dental abscess occurs when infection has caused puss to build-up in and around the soft tissues of the gum around the tooth, causing painful swelling. Contact Ud immediately if you are experiencing this. Rinse your mouth with a mild saline solution of a half teaspoon of salt in an 8 ounce glass of water several times a day.