Jae Won Lee, DDS
General Dentistry located in Desert Hot Springs, CA
A mouth wound, cracked tooth, or knocked-out teeth are all good reasons to find an emergency dentist near you as soon as possible. DHS Dental's dental experts in Desert Hot Springs, California, can serve the emergency dental needs of everyone in your family. If you're dealing with a dental emergency, don't wait. Call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online.
Emergency Dentistry Q & A
What is an emergency dentist?
Emergency dentists treat mouth and dental injuries that require immediate attention. Emergency dental situations usually involve saving knocked-out or broken teeth. Coming into DHS Dental as soon as you can after your injury, preferably within 30 minutes, could mean the difference between saving and losing your injured tooth.
Is it a dental emergency?
Whenever you are concerned about a severe mouth injury or condition for yourself or a member of your family, it’s a good idea to seek immediate emergency dental care. Some situations that are considered dental emergencies include:
- Knocked-out teeth
- A loose permanent tooth
- Severe tooth or mouth pain
- Bleeding inside your mouth from your gums, cheeks, or tongue
- An injury to your face or mouth
- Uncomfortable swelling in your mouth, gums, or tongue
- A badly cracked or broken tooth
- A cut or tear on your lips
Chipping a tooth in and of itself doesn't always warrant emergency dental care. If the tooth is chipped, but it doesn't appear as if you'll lose the tooth entirely, it's probably not a dental emergency. Even so, it’s a good idea to contact one of the experienced dentists at DHS Dental so they can tell you how to handle your tooth until you can get to the office.
What should I do when my tooth is knocked-out?
Act quickly, and there's a good chance you can save a knocked-out tooth. If you don't seek dental care right away, there's a chance you'll lose the tooth. To try and save the tooth, start by cleaning the injured tooth and the inside of your mouth. Rinse your mouth and tooth with lukewarm water. Do your best to avoid touching the tooth's roots.
Hold the tooth by the crown (the smooth white top part) as you rinse it. Using light pressure, reposition the cleaned tooth in the empty socket in your gum. Bite down softly on a gauze pad to hold the tooth in place until you can get to DHS Dental. Call us right away to explain the situation, or have a loved one call for you.
If the tooth cannot go back into the empty socket, hold the tooth in your mouth next to your cheek or keep it in a glass of milk. The moisture will help prevent the roots from drying out. In the event of a dental emergency, call DHS Dental for expert assistance.