Dental Emergencies in Los Alamitos, CA
What Qualifies As a Real Dental Emergency?
Any kind of injury to your mouth or acute oral pain that you can’t successfully alleviate or manage on your own is probably a dental emergency. At Volterra Dental, emergency dentist Dr. Arthur P. Laos and the skilled, compassionate team treat all types of urgent dental problems, including:
- Fractured, cracked, or chipped teeth
- Loose or lost crowns or fillings
- Acute tooth pain and infections
- Gum pain, swelling, or abscesses
- Loosened or lost permanent teeth
- Injuries to any soft oral tissues
If you’re experiencing a dental emergency during regular office hours, call Volterra Dental immediately — Dr. Laos tries to provide same-day appointments for urgent care patients whenever possible.
If your emergency happens outside of normal hours, the answering service for Volterra Dental provides a number you can call for immediate care; you can also head directly to your local urgent care center or emergency room.
Is it Possible to Save a Lost or Loose Permanent Tooth?
If one of your adult teeth has been knocked out or severely loosened in an accident, in a fall, or on the sports field, see the team at Volterra Dental as soon as possible — early care can make the difference between saving your natural tooth or eventually needing an artificial replacement tooth.
If your tooth has fallen out completely, there are specific steps you should take to care for it before you head to the dental office. If it’s dirty, rinse it gently in the water, being careful not to touch the root. If possible, place it gently back into its socket to keep it moist. Don’t push the tooth down into the empty socket, however, as doing so may unintentionally damage the tissues.
If you can’t set your tooth back into its socket, try holding it in your mouth between your cheek and gums. You can also wrap it in gauze and immerse it in milk or water. The most important thing is to keep it moist.
How Should I Care For a Cracked Tooth?
If you regularly open packages with your teeth, chew ice cubes or eat hard candy, you’re more likely to crack, or fracture, one of your teeth.
If you believe that you have cracked a tooth, you should begin injury care right away by rinsing your mouth with warm water. If you require immediate pain relief, take ibuprofen, not aspirin, and place an ice pack or cold compress over the area to reduce swelling.
As soon as you can, call Volterra Dental office for an emergency care appointment. Dr. Laos and his team assess the extent of the fracture and determine the best approach for treatment. Although he can usually smooth or repair minor fractures, moderate or severe fractures often need restoration with a porcelain crown.
If you’re in the midst of a dental emergency, call Volterra Dental at (562) 501-3188 or schedule your appointment online today.