Most Common Dental Emergencies

Most Common Dental Emergencies

An emergency dentist is a dental professional who is available to help patients with urgent dental needs. These can include patients experiencing pain or discomfort or patients with sudden, severe tooth damage.

A dental emergency can result in a number of situations, including:

Knocked-out Tooth

If you're an adult and one of your adult teeth has been knocked out, see your dentist right away. The tooth should be rinsed off and placed back into the socket if possible. If you can't replant the tooth, place it into a cup of milk. See your dentist as soon as you can.

If you or your child knocks out a baby tooth, don't worry. The tooth should be rinsed, but don't try to replant it. Try to place it back into the socket if possible, and call your dentist in Livermore CA immediately.

Broken Tooth

A broken tooth is a dental emergency. If it's a baby tooth, it will eventually fall out anyway; a grown-up tooth should be treated as soon as possible.

If you break a tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water. You can apply cold compresses to your cheek to minimize swelling. Call your dentist to schedule a visit. A broken tooth isn't necessarily a painful experience, but it can cause your tooth to become more sensitive later.

Loose or Broken Fillings or Crowns

If a filling or crown falls out, it's important to call us as soon as possible. A broken filling or crown can usually be saved if treated quickly, but waiting too long can lead to serious tooth decay and further damage. If you lose a filling or crown, we'll need to make a new restoration as soon as possible.

Broken Braces or Wires

If emergency dental work is required, such as the repair of broken braces or wires, a dental appointment should be made as soon as possible.

First, the broken area should be cleaned with warm water and a cotton swab. Dislodge any food particles or other debris that may be stuck.

Objects Caught Between Teeth

Sometimes, food or other objects can get stuck between your teeth. This can happen when you chew or eat or when you talk. If this dislodges something, you may require treatment.

Alta Vista Dental provides emergency dental services in Livermore, CA, with the expertise of experienced dentists. Call 925-292-1459 and book your appointment to learn more ways to take care of your oral and dental health. 


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