When Emergency Dentistry Is Necessary

When Emergency Dentistry Is Necessary

As with every other area of your health, emergencies can crop up with your dental health. From toothaches to knocked-out teeth, there are times when emergency dentistry is your best solution for preserving your dental health.

The team here at Hillsdale Dental Care, led by Drs. Magdalena Azzarelli and Roge Jacob, recognizes that dental emergencies can happen more frequently than you’d like, which is why we make ourselves available through prompt care.

If you’re debating whether or not your dental problem is an emergency, here are some of the more common problems we treat through emergency dentistry.

Tooth pain

Let’s start with a fairly common problem — toothaches. Toothaches can occur for many reasons and at any age. For example, when your child’s first baby teeth start coming in, they may experience some discomfort. While this is perfectly normal, if your child has a toothache that lasts for more than a day or two, we should take a look to make sure there aren’t any infections or problems with eruption.

For those in your family who have their permanent teeth and tooth pain develops, this is usually a sign of a brewing infection in their teeth or gums. It’s very important that you come see us straight away so we can identify and remedy the source of the pain before infection takes hold and spreads.

Knocked-out tooth

Whether a baby tooth or a permanent tooth has been knocked out, emergency dentistry can make all the difference.

If you or your child has lost a tooth, your first steps are important and include:

If the tooth doesn’t slide back into the socket easily, preserve it in a glass of milk or saliva. 

If you have children, we recommend that you keep a specialized first-aid kit on hand, more specifically Save-A-Tooth®.

By taking quick action and seeing us as soon as possible, it’s very possible that we can save the tooth, which is always the best solution.

Cracked or chipped teeth

If you or your child has a cracked or chipped tooth, whether it’s painful or not, it’s always a good idea to have us address the problem straight away so that we can avoid further damage and/or an infection.

Issues with dental work

If someone in your family has an issue with dental work, such as a filling that comes out or braces that have broken, please come see us at your earliest convenience. Broken braces can wreak havoc on the oral soft tissues. and missing fillings are an open invitation for bacteria to get back inside the tooth.

This list of common dental emergencies isn’t complete, but it gives you an idea of the types of problems that can benefit from our emergency dentistry care.

If you’re still undecided as to whether you’re dealing with an emergency or not, please contact our office in San Jose, California, for guidance.

You Might Also Enjoy...

What We Can Do If Your Child Is Afraid of the Dentist

Unfamiliar surroundings, loud noises, and the close contact that comes with your child’s visits to the dentist can lay the groundwork for dental anxiety. Our goal is to set them at ease, right from the start. And you can help, too.

Why Invisalign® Might Be Right for You

Straight teeth that line up beautifully do far more than lend themselves to your great smile. There are many advantages for having straight teeth and even more when you straighten them with Invisalign®.

What to Expect With a Root Canal Procedure

You have an infection in your tooth and, in order to save that tooth and ease your pain, we’re going to perform a quick-and-easy root canal procedure. Here’s a step-by-step look at this frontline treatment.

The Importance of Dental Exams

Did you know that 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, most often due to decay or gum disease? To avoid becoming part of this statistic, dental exams are your first line of defense.

The Difference Between Crowns and Bridges

Dental crowns and bridges are true workhorses — both helping to preserve your dental health in valuable ways. Here’s a look at the difference between the two, and how each may give you something to smile about.