Dental Emergency Northridge
Good dental care can prevent many dental problems, but dental emergencies are usually unpredictable. You might bite down on something hard and fracture your tooth, or you might fall and knock a tooth loose. A dental emergency can be scary, but our Northridge office can help.
Accidents can happen at any time of the day or night and can include cracked or broken teeth, sports-related injuries, vehicle accidents, falls, teeth grinding injuries, toothaches, and abscesses. While some minor injuries can wait for normal business hours, others require emergency dentistry.
True dental emergencies need to be addressed as soon as possible. These emergencies include any situation in which the tooth could be lost if it is not treated immediately, or there is a serious oral problem. This includes severe cracks, nerve damage, knocked out teeth, loosened teeth, or teeth that have large pieces missing. Lost fillings, lost crowns, small chips, and small cracks can also require urgent care. Our team in Northridge offers skilled emergency dentistry for any emergency situation.
While you are waiting to see our dentist, avoid handling the injured tooth as much as possible. You can rinse your mouth with salt water if you are in pain, and apply a cold compress to manage swelling and discomfort. Knocked-out teeth should be placed back in the socket if possible, but if they do not go back in easily, store them in a tooth preservation kit or container of milk until you can be seen. A dental emergency cannot be treated at home, but proper first aid can reduce the risk of serious complications.
Less serious injuries or accidents, such as lost fillings, might not need emergency care, but these issues do need prompt treatment. Lost restorations can allow oral bacteria to breed and the tooth to decay in parts that are impossible to clean properly.
Our goal is to relieve your pain, control any infection, and stabilize your dental health. We will explain your treatment options, make our recommendations, and schedule your follow-up care as needed. Call our Northridge dentist today to schedule an appointment for your dental emergency.
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