Your teeth, gums, and tongue are tough, but they aren’t invincible. If you’re experiencing a severe toothache or swollen gums, it’s important to make an appointment with your dentist. On the other hand, if you knock out a tooth or cut your lip, receiving prompt dental care can mean all the difference to your oral health. At South Bay Prosthodontics in Torrance, California, MariaElena Rodriguez, DDS, Michelle Ikoma, DDS, and the team offer quick, effective treatment for dental emergencies. If you or a loved one needs emergency dental care, call the office or walk-in during normal business hours.
It’s important to know what types of oral injuries require emergency treatment so you can take care of your teeth without making unnecessary trips to the emergency room.
Minor problems like fractured or chipped teeth can typically wait for an appointment. However, if you knock a tooth out or experience severe pain, you should call the team at South Bay Prosthodontics right away.
If you experience an emergency after normal business hours and your symptoms include chest pain, dizziness, or severe bleeding, call 911 or visit your nearest hospital right away.
The team at South Bay Prosthodontics treats a variety of dental emergencies including:
The team specializes in emergency dentistry for patients with high aesthetic needs. What steps should I take if I knock out a tooth?
If you knock out a tooth, it’s important to act as quickly as possible. Pick up the tooth without touching the roots, gently rinse it off, and try sticking it back into the socket.
If your tooth won’t stay in place, put it in a glass of milk or tuck it inside of your cheek, just make sure not to swallow it.
After securing your tooth, call the team at South Bay Prosthodontics and let them know what happened. Depending on the source of your injury, they may be able to provide you with advice to relieve pain or swelling until you arrive.
The treatment for dental emergencies depends on the severity and source of your discomfort. First, your provider performs a thorough oral exam, reviews your medical history, and asks you about your symptoms.
If necessary, your dentist may also order a series of X-rays to get a better look at your jawbone and tooth roots.
If you crack or chip a tooth, the team may recommend dental bonding or crowns to restore your teeth to their near natural appearance and function. For infected or receding gums, prosthodontic treatment, including surgical intervention may be necessary.
The team also offers treatment for knocked out or missing teeth, including dental implants, bridges, and dentures. No matter your individual needs, they can develop a treatment plan specifically for you.
There’s no way to prevent dental emergencies entirely, but you can significantly lower your risk. For example, if you play sports, make sure to wear a mouthguard. Even non-contact activities like baseball and tennis present risks to your teeth and gums.
You should also avoid biting down on hard objects like ice, lollipops, and popcorn kernels. Bad habits like biting your fingernails or using your teeth as scissors also increase your risk.
If you or a loved one experience a dental emergency, the caring providers at South Bay Prosthodontics can help. Make your appointment by calling or walking into the office today.