Emergency Dental Services
Let’s face it, some dental pain can’t wait until regular office hours for treatment. When dental emergencies strike, you need dental care and you need it fast. In fact, getting to a dentist within 30 minutes can make the difference between saving and losing a tooth.
At Natomas Crossing Dental Care, we provide after-hour calling services and emergency dental services for all of your urgent dental matters. Following these guidelines can help you determine how to best handle your dental emergency.
Is It a Dental Emergency?
Certain dental problems demand immediate care while other issues can wait to be treated. These issues can result from a variety of reasons including infection, sports injuries, falls or automobile accidents.
If you experience a serious dental issue at nighttime or over the weekend when dental offices are closed, how will you know if you have a true dental emergency? As a general rule, if you are experiencing an urgent problem that demands immediate attention, call 911 or get to your nearest emergency room right away. The following issues are examples of dental emergencies that should prompt you to call your dentist for further instruction:
- Bleeding in the mouth that will not stop
- A permanent tooth that has been knocked out or dislodged from its normal position
- Serious injury to the jaw
- Painful swelling or cuts to the gums, lips or cheeks
- Severe toothache that doesn’t go away with at-home treatment
How to Prepare for a Dental Emergency
What should be done if patients find themselves in a dental emergency? Like with any medical emergency, you can prepare for urgent dental issues ahead of time by creating a dental care kit. Important items to have readily available in case of a dental emergency are:
- Phone numbers for Natomas Crossing Dental Care: 916-999-1308 (for after-hour emergencies) 916-999-1308 (during normal office hours)
- Clean towel or gauze
- Small, clean container with lid, which can be used to store a tooth if it has been knocked out
- Ibuprofen to help with pain and inflammation
Should you find yourself in a dental emergency, contact your dentist right away. We can help you determine the severity of your dental issue and give you information on what to do next. The following tips can help you manage symptoms and pain until you can get to your dentist.
- If possible, place a knocked out tooth back in its socket and hold it in place with a clean cloth until you can get to your dentist. If it will not return to its socket, carefully place the tooth in a clean container of milk.
- If you chip, fracture or break your tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water and apply ice to the affected area of your mouth to reduce inflammation. Save the broken tooth fragment if possible.
- Gently clean an injured lip or tongue with water. Apply ice to reduce swelling.
- Manage tooth pain with a cold compress and Ibuprofen. Rinse the mouth with water and inspect the painful tooth or teeth for injury or debris caught between them.
- For broken jaws, contact our emergency dentist or head to your local emergency room right away.
Natomas Crossing Dental Care for Emergency Dentistry
At Natomas Crossing Dental Care, our dentists are here for you when you need us most.If you are faced with severe dental pain or your emergency involves a problem that could become serious if treatment is delayed, don’t wait to get care. Instead, contact our emergency dentist at 916-999-1308 to protect your oral health and relieve your pain.