Emergency Dentist – Torrance, CA
Same-Day Relief for Your Dental Pain
Have you ever been relaxing and enjoying yourself at home only for a sharp pain to suddenly shoot through your mouth? Or playing sports with friends when someone knocks out one of your teeth? These dental emergencies always seem to happen at the most inopportune times. When they occur, you need to know that you have an emergency dentist you can trust. That’s why our team here at Torrance Dentistry will do our utmost to get you in for a same-day appointment when you call with an urgent dental problem. If you’re currently suffering through a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to contact us right away.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Most dental emergencies fall into one of two categories: sudden trauma to the mouth or infection that typically results from poor oral healthcare. Should you encounter a dental emergency, call us first thing. In the meantime, here are some tips to help you manage your condition until you can get to our office:
If your tooth develops an ache from seemingly out of nowhere, it may be due to a cavity or infection deep within the center of the tooth, called the pulp. Sometimes, it may be caused by a piece of food trapped between the teeth, and it can be remedied by flossing or rinsing with saltwater. If the pain persists, give us a call. One of our dentists may need to perform a root canal to save your tooth from extraction.
Broken or chipped teeth can expose the sensitive inner portion of your tooth and cause extreme pain. if this happens, apply pressure with gauze to curb bleeding and a cold compress to reduce pain and swelling. If there are any jagged edges of your tooth, place dental wax (which you can find for cheap at your local drugstore) or sugar-free chewing gum on it to prevent soft tissue damage. We may be able to heal your tooth, but if the damage is too severe, it might need to be extracted.
Grab the tooth by the crown (the section you use to chew) and NOT the pointy root end. Rinse it off and try to place the tooth back in the socket. If that’s not possible, keep the tooth in your cheek pocket or in a container of milk or saline solution. The most important order of business, besides seeing us within the hour, is keeping the tooth moist.
If your restoration comes off, it’s important that you protect the now vulnerable part of your tooth. You can do this by applying some dental wax to the tooth. You could also temporarily reattach the crown or filling with toothpaste, petroleum jelly, or denture adhesive. Whatever you do, do NOT use any kind of glue, as that could seriously damage your tooth.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
While dental emergencies cannot be completely planned for, there are some actions you can take to lessen their chances of occurring, such as:
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies can vary greatly in their cost of treatment because every situation is different in terms of what treatment they require. For example, some emergencies can be treated with just a round of antibiotics, while others may require that multiple teeth be extracted and replaced. Because of the many variables that influence the price, the only way to get a precise cost estimate is to come into our office for an evaluation. Our team will do everything in our power to minimize your cost.
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
Even under the best circumstances, dealing with oral pain can be incredibly inconvenient. You often have to put your entire day on hold to seek treatment from your emergency dentist as soon as possible. Not to mention, oftentimes you don’t know what to do in a dental emergency. That’s why, to lessen your confusion, we’ve answered some of our most frequently asked questions about emergency dentistry.
What Counts as a Dental Emergency?
Since oral discomfort can be fairly common, it can be difficult to decide whether you should call us for pain treatment. The most common signs of a dental emergency are:
- Severe bleeding from the mouth
- Intense pain
- Teeth that are broken, loose, or missing altogether
Even if you’re not sure whether you have a dental emergency on your hands, it’s best to err on the side of caution and give us a call anyway. In general, healthy teeth don’t hurt, so there may in fact be something wrong with your tooth that we can address.
Should I Go to the Emergency Room?
When your mouth starts seriously hurting, your first instinct may be to call the emergency room. This is the right call if you suspect you have a broken or dislocated jaw, swelling that hinders your ability to swallow or breathe, or profuse bleeding even after applying firm pressure for at least 15 minutes.
However, for all other cases of dental pain, you’re much better off seeing us instead of going to the hospital. Most hospitals don’t have a dental professional on staff, and as such, the best they may be able to do is prescribe pain medication or antibiotics. Our office, on the other hand, can get to the bottom of your pain and treat the root of the problem.
My Toothache Went Away. Should I Still Seek Treatment?
You might be relieved at first, but if your tooth pain was due to an infection, your problem is far from over. A toothache that goes away often indicates that decay or damage has reached the center of the tooth where the nerve is housed and “killed” the tooth, meaning it no longer sends pain signals to the brain. At this point, root canal therapy may be our only option to save the tooth from needing an extraction.
What If I Have a Dental Emergency While I’m Out of Town?
First of all, try your best not to panic. Instead, find a dentist in the area who will treat the immediate problem and get you out of pain long enough to enjoy the rest of your vacation. Afterward, go ahead and call us to schedule an appointment for when you return. That way, our dentists can examine your mouth and determine whether any additional treatment is necessary.