Cosmetic Dentists & General Dentistry located in Laurel Heights, San Francisco, CA
Severe toothache or traumatic damage to your teeth are the most likely reasons for needing emergency dentistry. If you're in need of urgent dental care, Alex Pastel, DDS, and Leah Life, DDS, of Pastel Dental can help. At their practice in the Laurel Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, California, they provide expert emergency dentistry services that relieve your pain, tackle infection, and save damaged teeth. When you need treatment without delay, call Pastel Dental or book a routine appointment online today.
Emergency Dentistry Q & A
What is emergency dentistry?
Emergency dentistry is fast-track treatment of severe or urgent dental problems that can't wait for a routine appointment.
There are two primary reasons why you might require emergency dentistry. One is having a severe toothache – particularly if you have a fever as well, which could indicate an infection. The other is incurring some kind of trauma that breaks or dislodges a tooth.
In these situations, emergency dentistry at Pastel Dental can relieve your pain, treat any infection, and help save your tooth.
What should I do if I need emergency dentistry?
If you need emergency dentistry, contact Pastel Dental without delay for an urgent appointment. There are also first aid measures you can employ when you have a serious dental problem:
If you knock a tooth out, return it to the socket if at all possible, or place it between your cheek and gums. Alternatively, put the tooth in some milk. Doing one of these as quickly as you can helps keep it alive and gives the Pastel Dental team the best chance of saving the tooth.
If you damage your tooth, rinse inside your mouth with clean, warm water to keep bacteria from entering the crack. You can also apply cold compresses to keep the swelling under control.
If you have a toothache, you could rinse your mouth out using warm water and floss gently to remove any food particles. A bad toothache is well-known for being especially painful and can radiate into your head, jaw, and neck, sometimes reaching an unbearable level.
Over-the-counter pain medications can help, but don't put anything containing aspirin onto the tooth before your emergency dentistry appointment.
How do I avoid the need for emergency dentistry?
There are several steps you can take to avoid problems like damaged or dislodged teeth and severe toothache. These include:
- Wearing a mouthguard if playing sports
- Avoiding chewing hard foods or candies
- Not crunching on ice cubes
- Never using teeth as a tool to cut or bite
Regular checkups and professional teeth cleaning at Pastel Dental are also vital for reducing your need for emergency dentistry.
If you experience a dental emergency, call Pastel Dental without delay. You can also phone to schedule a regular consultation or book an appointment online today.