Dental Emergencies

What is a Dental Emergency?

A dental emergency is any situation that poses an immediate threat to your health, the health of your teeth and the health of the supporting tissues. Dental emergencies are often the result of impact to the mouth, but they can also be caused by conditions that were previously diagnosed and have not been treated, infection, and failing or broken fillings and crowns. A professional should evaluate any dental emergency immediately to ensure the best possible outcome.

Anyone with a dental emergency can contact our office by calling our office at La Jolla Dental Boutique Office Phone Number 858-459-4113. Dr. Nosrati prioritizes any dental emergencies and ensures the individual is seen as soon as possible. Our goal is to relieve your pain and resolve your dental concern as quickly as possible with minimal impact on your routine.

What is Considered a Dental Emergency?

  • Substantial Toothache
  • Swollen Face and Gums
  • Jaw Pain
  • Infection
  • Broken, Cracked, and Chipped Teeth
  • Broken or Missing Fillings
  • Lost Crown

How Soon Can I Be Seen?

We make every effort to see you on the same day of your emergency.

After Hours Emergencies

For severe dental emergencies after hours, if you have a hard time breathing or moving your jaw, please call 911 immediately as your airway may be at risk. Otherwise, if you have a dental emergency such as significant infection, pain, trauma, or lost teeth, please call our office phone number La Jolla Dental Boutique Office Phone Number 858-459-4113 and follow the prompts for dental emergency to reach Dr. Nosrati after hours.

What Should I Do if a Tooth is Knocked Out?

For permanent teeth that are knocked out, rinse the tooth and put it back in the socket. If you can’t get the tooth back in the socket, place it in a container of milk, water, or saliva to keep it moist. Do not touch the roots (handle the tooth by the crown), and don’t brush the tooth. Contact us IMMEDIATELY for information and emergency treatment – the sooner you get to us, the more likely we can save your tooth!

For baby teeth that are unexpectedly knocked out, leave them out and contact us immediately for instructions.

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How Do I Manage Tooth Pain at Home?

If you can’t get into our office immediately, here is a list of effective home remedies to make you more comfortable while you wait for care:

  • Warm water rinses swished around the mouth.
  • Over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen (NOT aspirin) if you are not allergic to these medications.
  • Ice packs applied to the outside of the cheeks.
  • Dental anesthetics containing benzocaine may be used as directed on the package.
  • Avoid overly hot and cold beverages and foods to reduce sensitivity.
  • Heating pads may be used for jaw pain.
  • Avoid chewing in the injured area.

Pain-Free Emergencies: Some dental emergencies may not cause pain initially.

For example, a cracked tooth may not hurt, but it may lead to nerve damage in the roots. For this reason, all listed conditions need immediate attention, whether or not pain is present. We are here to help.

We urge you to call us at the first sign of a dental emergency! La Jolla Dental Boutique Office Phone Number 858-459-4113

Dental Emergency FAQs

Is a broken tooth okay if it doesn’t hurt?

Not necessarily. Often, a tooth breaks or is chipped without causing pain, but the break or crack can allow bacteria to invade the tooth or its root, leading to an infection. If the damage is very shallow, you may be able to wait, but a broken or chipped tooth is generally considered an emergency.

My crown came off, what should I do?

Call us right away. A lost crown is one of the most common emergencies we encounter and often, a lost crown does not cause any pain. Crowns can become loose and fall off for several reasons such as a new cavity or deteriorating glue. As long as the tooth underneath is in good condition and does not have a cavity, we will be able to recement your existing crown so make sure to keep it and bring it in. However, it is crucial to come in to see us right away in order for us to be able to do so. Once a crown comes off, the tooth underneath starts to drift up and sideways. If you wait more than a few days, the crown that used to fit perfectly may no longer fit your tooth and we may not be able to recement it.

Is a knocked-out baby tooth a problem?

The primary, or baby, teeth are essential for eating and speaking and as placeholders until the adult teeth are matured and ready to erupt. If your child knocks out a baby tooth, do not try to put it back into the socket, as this might damage the crown of the permanent tooth below the gums.

If your child has knocked out a baby tooth, save the tooth if possible so we can examine it. Apply pressure to the empty socket to stop the bleeding, and contact our office for an appointment. Unless there is substantial damage to the surrounding area, an emergency appointment may not be necessary. However, if you cannot stop the bleeding, your child is in significant pain, or there is damage to the surrounding area, an emergency visit is advised.

Our focus is always on providing the finest emergency care as quickly as possible. We can usually see you the same day. Alleviating your pain and saving your teeth is our priority. Call our office at La Jolla Dental Boutique Office Phone Number 858-459-4113 if you have a dental emergency, and we will make every possible effort to see you immediately.