At Dental Express, we know that accidents can happen at inconvenient times. For all dental emergencies, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as you are able to. We’re open 6 days per week to help with those unforeseen dental accidents.
We welcome same-day or walk-in appointments in all four of our offices around San Diego. If the accident occurs outside of office hours, you can leave a voice mail (checked daily) or visit your local emergency room.
Here are some helpful tips when you face a dental emergency!
Toothaches are possible for a variety of reasons. Visiting our office can help you rule out decay or infection as a possible cause. We are always able to see you for a same day or walk-in appointment if you should find yourself unexpectedly experiencing discomfort.
Bit Tongue or Cheek
If you bite your tongue or your lip, be sure to clean the area gently with water and apply a cold compress to help reduce any swelling. Visit our office or go to the E.R.
Knocked Out Tooth
First, locate the tooth. Then gently rinse the tooth under running water if the tooth appears to be dirty. Please do not aggressively scrub the tooth or remove any tissue fragments. If you are able, try to re-insert the tooth and hold the tooth in place while you head to the dentist. Another option is to place your tooth in a cup of milk and bring it with you the office. Timing can be very critical, so try to get to the office right away.
If you crack your tooth, immediately rinse out your mouth with warm water. You may apply a cold compress on the face to help keep any swelling down. Be sure to visit our office as soon as possible for further treatment.
The best treatment for dental emergencies is prevention. To avoid having a dental emergency, be sure to follow precautions such as wearing a mouth guard during sports and physical activities. You should avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernals or hard candies. Never, ever use your teeth to open packages or to cut things.
For more tips on handling dental emergencies, read “What To Do In Case Of A Dental Emergency.”