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Our Tustin Dental Emergency Services
If you or someone you know have ever experienced a dental emergency, you know first-hand that fast action is needed, especially if it is painful or if it requires saving a tooth. That is why Dr. Arthur Parkins is ready and equipped to handle all types of dental emergency care in his Tustin dental office. So, if you or a family member are in need of an emergency dentist in Tustin, contact us at the first sign of complications. Note, on the rare occasion that you cannot reach one of our staff members in a dental emergency situation, we recommend you proceed immediately to the nearest hospital emergency room.
What to Do Until You Get Dental Emergency Help in Tustin
Avulsed Tooth (knocked-out tooth)
If a tooth has been knocked out of the mouth, it is vital to see a dentist immediately. When a tooth leaves the gums, the tissues, nerves, and blood vessels become injured. If the tooth can be placed back into its socket within an hour, there is a chance the tissues will grow to support the tooth once again.
Here are some steps to take when this happens:
- Call our Tustin dental office immediately.
- Pick up the tooth by the crown and rinse it under warm water. DO NOT touch the root.
- If possible, place it back into its socket – if this is not possible, tuck it into the cheek pouch.
- If the tooth cannot be placed in the mouth, put the tooth into a cup of milk, saliva, or water as a last resort. You need to keep the tooth from drying out!
- Get to our Tustin dental office, quickly and safely.
We will try to replace the tooth in its natural socket. In some cases, the tooth will reattach, but if the inner mechanisms of the teeth are seriously damaged, root canal therapy might be necessary.
Lost Filling or Crown
Usually, a crown or filling comes loose while eating. Once it is out of the mouth, the affected tooth may be incredibly sensitive to temperature changes and pressure. Crowns generally become loose because the tooth beneath is decaying. The decay causes shape changes in the teeth – meaning that the crown no longer fits.
If a crown has dropped out of the mouth, request a dental appointment as soon as possible. Keep the crown in a cool, safe place because there is a possibility that we can reinsert it. If the crown is out of the mouth for a long period of time, the teeth may shift or sustain further damage.
Here are some steps to take until your Tustin emergency dental appointment:
- Apply clove oil to the tooth to alleviate pain.
- Clean the crown, and affix it onto the tooth with dental cement. This can be purchased at a local pharmacy.
- If the crown is lost, smear the top of the tooth with dental cement to alleviate discomfort.
- DO NOT use any kind of glue to affix the crown.
At your emergency dental visit, we will check the crown to see if it still fits. If it does, it will be reattached to the tooth. Where decay is noted, this will be treated and a new crown will be made.
Cracked or Broken Teeth
The teeth are strong, but they are still susceptible to fractures, cracks, and breaks. Sometimes fractures are fairly painless, but if the crack extends down into the root, it is likely that the pain will be extreme. Fractures, cracks, and breaks can take several different forms but are generally caused by trauma, grinding, and biting. If a tooth has been fractured or cracked, there is no alternative but to schedule an emergency appointment as quickly as possible.
Here are some steps to take at home until your Tustin emergency dental appointment:
- Call our Tustin dental office immediately.
- Rinse the tooth fragment and the mouth with lukewarm water.
- Apply gauze to the area for ten minutes if there is bleeding.
- Place a cold, damp dishtowel on the cheek to minimize swelling and pain.
- Cover the affected area with over-the-counter dental cement if you cannot see us immediately.
- Take a topical pain reliever.
The nature of the break or fracture will limit what we are able to do. If a fracture or crack extends into the root, root canal therapy is often the most effective way to retain the tooth. In the case of a complete break, your dentist will usually affix the fragment back onto the tooth as a temporary measure.
When a tooth has been removed or loosened from its socket by trauma or decay, it might be possible to save it. If the tooth remains in the mouth, still attached to the blood vessels and nerves, there is also a good chance root canal therapy will not be necessary. In these instances, it is important to call our Tustin dental office immediately to make an emergency dental appointment.
While you are waiting for your emergency dental appointment…
- Use a cold compress.
- Use over-the-counter medications to relieve pain.
Once you are at your emergency dental appointment in Tustin, our dentist will reposition the tooth and add splints to stabilize it. If the tooth fails to heal, root canal therapy might be required.
The Emergency Dental Help You Need When You Need It
We understand that dental emergencies are never fun or convenient. That is why we will do our best to get you and your family the emergency dental help you need as soon as possible. However, on the rare occasion that you cannot reach one of our staff in an emergency situation, we recommend you proceed immediately to the nearest hospital emergency room.
Call Us Today if you have questions or concerns about our Tustin dental emergency services.