Long Beach Family Dental Group
Cosmetic & Family Dentistry & General Dentists located in Long Beach, CA
If you chip a tooth, knock out a tooth, or wake up with a severe toothache, emergency dentistry services can prevent further damage, restore your smile, and ease the pain. At Long Beach Family Dental Group, The-Hao Tran, DDS, and the team offer emergency dentistry services onsite. To schedule an appointment at the Long Beach, California, practice, call the office or book online today.
Emergency Dentistry Q & A
What is emergency dentistry?
Emergency dentistry is a branch of oral health care that provides prompt treatment for dental problems that require immediate intervention.
If you damage or lose a tooth due to an automobile accident, while playing sports, or after suffering a work injury, emergency dentistry can prevent further damage and preserve your smile.
If you or a loved one experiences a dental emergency, it’s important to act quickly. Making it to Long Beach Family Dental Group within an hour of your accident or injury could mean the difference between saving or losing your tooth.
What types of problems does emergency dentistry treat?
Long Beach Family Dental Group treats a variety of dental emergencies, including:
- Damaged crowns, bridges, dentures, and dental implants
- Oral abscesses and infections
- Swollen gums
- Chipped and cracked teeth
- Loose teeth Knocked-out teeth
- Cuts that won’t stop bleeding
You might also benefit from emergency dentistry if you have a foreign object, such as a toothpick or sharp piece of food, lodged between your teeth.
If I lose a permanent tooth, what steps should I take?
If you lose a permanent tooth, it’s important to stay calm and act quickly. First, pick up your tooth by the crown and carefully rinse it off in cool tap water. Once you remove all of the dirt and debris, try to place the tooth back in its socket. If it won’t stay in place, you can put the tooth in a glass of milk or tuck it inside your cheek.
Once you secure the tooth, call Long Beach Family Dental Group. Tell the receptionist about the events leading up to your tooth loss. You should also let them know if you’re in pain or bleeding. They may be able to provide you with tips or suggestions that provide relief on your way over.
Long Beach Family Dental Group always makes time for same-day emergency dentistry appointments. They work hard to ensure you receive the treatment you need as quickly as possible.
Is there any way to prevent the need for emergency dentistry?
There’s no way to prevent dental emergencies entirely, but you can significantly lower your risk. For example, if you play contact sports, mountain bike, or skateboard, always wear a mouthguard. If you grind your teeth or clench your jaw during sleep, invest in a nightguard.
Additionally, you can significantly lower your risk of chipping, cracking, or otherwise damaging a tooth by avoiding bad habits like nail biting or chewing on ice.
You can lower your risk of cavities or oral abscesses by practicing good oral hygiene. Long Beach Family Dental Group recommends brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day, and visiting the dentist every six months for a professional exam and cleaning.
If you or a loved one experiences a dental emergency, schedule an appointment at Long Beach Family Dental Group right away. Call the office and speak with a friendly staff member or book a consultation online today.