Shirley H. Bien, DMD, and the team at Greenhills Dental Care in Fremont, California, understand that accidents can happen. That’s why they’re trained to quickly address any and all emergencies that affect your teeth, mouth, and overall oral health. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury you think may require an emergency dentist, call Greenhills Dental Care or use online booking to check for the next available appointment.
Emergency Dentistry Q & A
When should I consider emergency dental care?
As the name suggests, emergency dentistry refers to any dental occurrence requiring immediate care. It’s important to recognize the difference between a dental issue that you can wait a few days to see the dentist for and one that requires immediate professional attention.
Tooth injuries occur because of a wide array of factors, from falls to improper biting and sports injuries. If you have a severely cracked, chipped, or a knocked out tooth, contact Greenhills Dental Care for emergency care right away. Other signs you may need to see Dr. Bien or a member of her team immediately include persistent pain and bleeding following an acute trauma.
Dr. Bien and the team at Greenhills Dental Care are equipped to help you deal with any issue affecting your oral health. If you think you’re experiencing a dental emergency, call the office at once to schedule a walk-in appointment.
Does a toothache require emergency dental care?
Toothaches can stem from a wide range of causes. In some cases, toothaches don’t need to be addressed immediately. However, some can arise from abscesses or other severe infections in the mouth that require immediate attention and shouldn’t be left untreated for too long.
You should call Dr. Bien for emergency dentistry if your toothache causes:
- Severe pain
- An abscess
- Facial swelling
- Bumps on your gums
- A fever
Dr. Bien and the team at Greenhills Dental Care can provide pain relievers and perform a tooth extraction should it be necessary, among other kinds of emergency care.
What should I do if my tooth is knocked out?
The first thing you should do if your tooth is knocked out is to find the missing tooth. Once you’ve found it, rinse it in cool water to get rid of any dirt.
It’s important to limit how much you handle the tooth with your hands. The more you handle it, the more exposed to bacteria it gets. Once you’ve rinsed the tooth, try and place the tooth back in the socket and hold it in place with gauze.
If placing the tooth back in the socket is too difficult or painful, don’t worry. Put the tooth in a glass of milk or saliva and bring it directly to the office. If you notice that your socket is bleeding, place gauze or a tea bag on it to stop the bleeding.
A dental emergency can cause severe pain and discomfort if you don’t have the medical support necessary to address it. Greenhills Dental Care is just a phone call away, so schedule an appointment by phone or use online booking to check for the next opening if you or a loved one needs an emergency dentist.