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If you’ve got a dental emergency in Lakewood and Los Alamitos, it’s imperative that you get help from an experienced dentist right away. Dr. Nancy William is here for you. At Restore Health Dentistry, we offer same-day emergency care for all of our patients. Learn more below, or give us a call to get help right away.
WHAT IS A DENTAL EMERGENCY?
A dental emergency is any condition that’s causing you serious oral pain, discomfort, and bleeding, and this includes more things than you may think! Oral injuries, such as a knocked-out tooth, a broken tooth, or cuts to your mouth are obvious emergencies.
But even a toothache, a pulled-out piece of dental work, or a piece of food lodged between your teeth can count as an emergency. Not sure if you need to get care right away? Call to discuss your situation with our team.
SCHEDULING AN EMERGENCY APPOINTMENT
All you need to do to schedule an emergency appointment is call Restore Health Dentistry We do accept walk-ins at our office.
However, we ask that you call ahead when possible, particularly if you need a same-day appointment. This will allow us to prepare for your visit, see you sooner, and make sure you get the emergency dental care you need in Lakewood.
WHAT TO DO BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT
Wondering what to do after you’ve scheduled your emergency appointment at Restore Health Dentistry? Here are 3 simple steps to take.
- Recover tooth or dental work – If your tooth is knocked out, recover it by grabbing the top (crown). Do not touch the tooth root, since it’s very delicate. Rinse the tooth if necessary, and put it in a small container of cold milk to keep it moist. Loose or pulled-out dental work can simply be put into a small plastic container or bag. It does not need to be kept moist.
- Control bleeding – You can use a clean paper towel, gauze, or cotton balls to absorb blood, if present. Apply gentle but firm pressure to the area if it’s bleeding heavily. Bleeding should slow within 30-60 minutes.
- Treat pain and discomfort – You can take medication like ibuprofen or naproxen to help with your pain. Applying an ice pack to the cheek near the affected area can also help numb the area and control swelling. Remember that the above steps are only temporary solutions. As soon as you can, you need to come to Restore Health Dentistry. Even if you’re early for your appointment, we may be able to treat you sooner. So don’t delay, and make sure you come and see Dr. William ASAP!
Common Dental Emergencies
Knocked Out Tooth
If your tooth accidentally gets knocked out, don’t hold it by touching the roots. Instead, pick it by the side you chew on. If you can, place the tooth inside its socket appropriately. If you cannot restore the tooth, put it in a cup with water or milk and a salt pinch. This will help preserve it before you reach out to us for emergency restoration at our dental office.
A toothache is not a good sign. It can be an indication of several dental issues, including tooth decay. While the pain can be managed without emergency treatment, it may require urgent attention if it comes with other signs like swelling.Avoid using common remedies such as painkillers since contact with the affected gum can burn your gum tissue. Instead, you can apply a cold compress as you wait to reach out to us for an emergency service.
Broken or Chipped Tooth
Did you bite something a bit hard? A broken or chipped tooth will not only ruin your beautiful smile, but it can hurt. It is advisable to rinse your mouth with warm water. Then you can apply a cold compress on the part you have a chipped or broken tooth. This can help relieve pain and reduce swelling.Your family dentist will advise you to be cautious of biting crunchy or hard food or engaging in sports or activities that can cause teeth to chip or break.
Some people are sensitive to cold or hot foods. If you feel a sensation when you bite an ice cream or hot beverage, you may need to contact us for emergency dental care. While tooth sensitivity may not require urgent treatment, you should schedule an oral examination as soon as possible. This will help ensure there’s nothing more severe.
You should not take bleeding lightly. If you notice blood on your dental floss, it can be a symptom of gingivitis or gum disease. Blood in your saliva can signify an advanced gum disease or cancer stage. Whether you have just had your tooth extracted and are bleeding continuously or the bleeding has suddenly occurred, keep your head elevated and contact us immediately.
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Even if you’re a new patient, Dr. William is here to help you get the treatment you need. Contact us now to tell us about your situation. We’re always standing by to help.