Despite diligent dental care and healthy oral habits, dental emergencies can arise- and often at the most inconvenient times!
The best thing to do in a dental emergency is call our Fullerton dentist office for further instructions from Dr. Patel. Many dental problems only get worse without prompt and effective treatment. Seeking treatment quickly can save you time, pain and money in the long run.
Our goal is to treat you promptly and with the highest level of service so that you can get back to enjoying a healthy, beautiful smile as soon as possible.
Tips for Common Dental Emergencies
- Broken or missing crown or filling: It is unlikely that the restoration can be reused, but please save it if possible. Do not attempt to glue or reattach the filling or crown.
- Broken or knocked out teeth: If you have a broken or knocked out tooth, please contact our dentist office immediately. Retrieve the tooth, if possible, holding it by the crown (the part that is normally exposed in your mouth). You may gently rinse the tooth with water to remove dirt, but do not scrub or remove any tissue fragments that may be attached. The ADA recommends storing the tooth in a small container with your own saliva or milk. Teeth have the greatest chance of being replaced in the socket within one hour of being knocked out. If it cannot be saved, Fullerton Craft Smiles offers a full range of restorative dentistry services such as implants or bridges.
- Tooth Pain: One of the most common oral health concerns is a sudden toothache or tooth pain. There are a number of things that cause a toothache, our first suggestion may be to try brushing or flossing around the tooth to remove any trapped food or other particles. You may also try rinsing with warm water or a diluted salt solution.
- Broken Dentures or Broken Bridge: If possible, save the broken denture or bridge and bring it with you to your appointment. In some cases, dentures and bridges can be repaired. We will evaluate your denture or bridge and make the best recommendation for repair or replacement.