Emergency Dentist – Huntington Beach, CA
Same-Day Care for Your Pain
A dental emergency, by its very nature, is sudden, unexpected, and inconvenient. You’re simply enjoying your day and BAM…you or someone close to you suffers a dental injury. There’s pain, there’s blood, and you just want to know that everything will be alright.
If you’re in Huntington Beach, the best thing you can do in a dental emergency is call Pacific View Dental Group. We’re trained to handle dental emergencies, and we’ll do everything we can to see you as soon as possible. When you call in, we’ll make an appointment to see you immediately, even the same day. Once you reach our office, you won’t wait, we’ll bring you straight back to a treatment room so we can get to work saving your smile.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Typically, dental emergencies belong to one of two categories: sudden injuries to the mouth, or chronic issues like infections that flare up and result in serious pain. At Pacific View Dental Group, we are more than prepared to handle both.
While your first step in a dental emergency should be to call us, here are some tips you can implement to stay comfortable until you can reach the office of your emergency dentist in Huntington Beach:
First, rinse with lukewarm saltwater and floss around the area to dislodge any food debris that may be causing your discomfort. If the pain persists, give us a call. Apply a cold compress and take over-the-counter pain medications in the meantime.
It should also be noted that even if your pain subsides, you should still call us. It could be a sign of an infection that needs to be treated as soon as possible. Otherwise, it could spread and become dangerous.
Chipped or Broken Teeth
Sometimes teeth can chip without pain. If, however, it does hurt, then hold a cold compress to the area and take store-bought painkillers as directed on the bottle. Cover up any sharp edges of the tooth with dental wax or sugar-free gum to keep them from injuring the soft tissues in your mouth.
When you knock out a tooth, time is of the essence. We’ll have the best chance of reattaching the tooth if you can see us within the hour. After you’ve called us, give the tooth a gentle rinse and try to place it back in the socket by biting down on a piece of gauze or cloth. If that’s not possible, store it in a container of milk or your cheek pouch. Although the tooth must be kept wet, don’t place it in tap water except as a last resort, as that can make it less viable.
Until your appointment, chew on the opposite side of your mouth as your lost crown or filling. Protect your tooth in the meantime by applying dental wax or sugarless gum to it. Whatever you do, do NOT use any kind of glue to attempt to attach your restoration. You can use dental cement from the pharmacy instead.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
While emergencies can’t always be prevented, you can minimize their chances of occurring by taking the following steps:
- Wear one of our custom-made mouthguards during physical activity and nightguards if you grind your teeth while you sleep.
- Avoid chewing on ice, pencils, your fingernails, or hard candies and don’t use your teeth to open packages.
- Brush and floss every day. The cleaner you keep your mouth, the lower your chances of developing an infection that turns into a severe toothache.
- See us for a checkup and cleaning every six months. At these appointments, we can diagnose and treat dental problems before they turn into full-blown emergencies.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Because no two emergencies are exactly alike, neither are any two costs of treatment. In some cases, all you need might be a simple round of antibiotics or a filling, but some people may need a root canal or even a tooth extraction to address their problem.
We’ll begin your emergency appointment by assessing your situation and getting you out of pain. Then, we’ll go over our findings and recommend a course of treatment. When possible, we try to give you more than one option. Once we have worked together to select the best option for you, we’ll provide a cost estimate and discuss insurance or financing. Our team will minimize your out-of-pocket costs to the best of their ability.
Dental Emergency FAQ
Dental emergencies can be a difficult and confusing experience. If you’ve never had to deal with one before, you may not even be sure if the dental problem you have constitutes as a dental emergency. No matter what your concerns might be, we want to make sure that you’re fully informed and feel comfortable asking questions when you have them. With that said, we want to highlight a handful of the most common questions we receive, as well as our responses, for your convenience!
Will my toothache get better on its own?
It’s very unlikely that your dental issue will get better by itself, whether it’s a toothache or a damaged portion of enamel. When a toothache appears, it’s important to acknowledge that this is not normal. There’s no reason why your tooth should be in any type of pain. Whether your tooth pain is mild or severe, call our office so we can get you scheduled for an appointment. In the meantime, feel free to take over-the-counter painkillers to manage your discomfort. However, this should not replace a dental visit.
Will I need a root canal for my dental emergency?
Before we can confirm which treatment would best meet your needs, we need to perform a detailed examination of your mouth. Root canals are generally needed when decay or bacteria has reached the vulnerable center of a tooth, triggering an infection. If you experience severe dental pain, then you very well may need a root canal, but we cannot confirm that until you visit. Not only will visiting us ensure what needs to be done, but you’re far more likely to get out of pain.
Should I bring my child in if they knock out a baby tooth?
When your child’s tooth is knocked out and it was not ready to come out, follow the same instructions we previously provided for managing this dental emergency. If your child is in severe pain or they are bleeding significantly, it’s a sign that the tooth was not yet fully developed and therefore not ready to come out. During their emergency visit, we’ll confirm if it needs to be reimplanted or if any small portions are still in their socket.
What do I do if I bite my lip or tongue?
Start by cleaning the area of your lip or tongue with warm water. Then, apply a cold compress on the cut to reduce any swelling that’s present. In the event that your lip or tongue is bleeding severely, go to the emergency room before coming to our office. In this instance, you might need stitches beforehand.
How should I prepare for a dental emergency?
Just like for a medical emergency, it’s always helpful to have a first-aid kit available in the event of a dental emergency. When packing items in your kit, here’s what we would recommend:
- Small container with lid
- Gauze pads
- Cotton balls
- Saline solution
- Dental cement
- Our office’s contact information
- Nitrile gloves