Dental Emergencies in El Cajon & Poway, CA
Our first priority is your comfort
A dental emergency such as an injury to the teeth or gums can be potentially serious. Ignoring a dental problem can increase the risk of permanent damage, plus can increase the need for more extensive treatment later on.
We have a multi-specialty practice that can solve any dental problem and we take emergencies immediately using the latest advanced dental methods, including gentle laser dentistry.
If you have a dental emergency, call us right away. One of our highly-experienced dentists will find the source of your pain and fix the cause on the same visit.
The Importance of Immediate Emergency Care
When a dental emergency arises, it’s important that you call or visit the experts at Rancho San Diego Dental immediately for diagnosis and treatment. You might not think emergency dentistry is necessary, but when you’ve suffered trauma to a tooth or other tissues in your mouth, delaying treatment could exacerbate damage.
In many cases, treating dental emergencies immediately can lead to positive outcomes. Even a tooth that has been knocked out could be salvaged and replaced, restoring function and appearance without the need for a false tooth.
While your first instinct may be to visit a hospital emergency room following an accident or injury that affects the mouth, you should see an emergency dentist as soon as possible to assess and treat trauma to the teeth or mouth. Our specialists have the knowledge and experience to save your teeth and prevent further damage. Don’t wait. A delay only increases the likelihood of tooth loss or other damage.
What to do for some common dental problems
- Toothache – Rinse your mouth out with warm water and with dental floss remove any particles of food. If you have a swollen mouth, apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth.
- Dental abscess – Call us immediately as dental abscesses can lead to a serious infection if not treated right away. To ease the pain and to help draw the infection to the surface, rinse your mouth with a mild saltwater solution of ½ teaspoon salt in 8 ounces of water several times a day.
- Knocked out tooth–
- Try to place the tooth back in the mouth where it fell out, so it is level with other teeth. Bite down gently on gauze or a wet tea bag to help keep it in place. Be careful not to swallow the tooth.
- If the above step cannot be done, place the tooth in a container and cover with a small amount of whole milk or saliva.
- The tooth can also be carried between lower lip and lower gum or under the tongue.
- A tooth-saving storage device (Save-a-Tooth, EMT Tooth Saver) may be available at your dentist’s office. Such a kit contains a travel case and fluid solution.
- Loose crown – If a crown falls off try to slip it back over the tooth, first preparing the inside with over-the-counter dental cement, denture adhesive or even toothpaste. Otherwise, bring the crown with you.
- Lost dental filling– Seal the filling area with some sugarless gum or dental cement you can buy over the counter at the drug store.
- Broken tooth – Save the pieces if you can to bring with you. Rinse your mouth with warm water to get rid of any remaining small broken pieces. If there is bleeding or if you have pain, apply a cold compress to the area.