Emergency Dental Care
If you’re having a Dental Emergency and need help, call our emergency hotline now! Don’t postpone a dental emergency! Delayed treatment may lead to hospitalization and severe medical complications. We can handle all dental emergencies and get you out of pain as soon as possible. With our state-of-the-art equipment and technology, we can diagnose your condition, perform in-office procedures, and administer medications, including antibiotics and anesthetics, to reduce your pain immediately. Should you be confronted with a dental emergency, it is imperative that you contact us and get treated immediately. Keep in mind time is of the essence in most of these situations. We treat all of our patients with the same care and compassion and believe everyone deserves to smile.
Useful Tips During Dental Emergenciesuseful Tips During Dental Emergencies
In case of a dental emergency, it is imperative that you stay calm. Next, see us right away. Remember, dental emergencies, especially those involving trauma to the jaws, gums, or teeth, demand immediate expert care and treatment. Delays in addressing these emergencies may lead to complications or permanent damage to the areas involved. Additionally, treating these cases later on can mean bigger expenses on your part as they would require costly treatments. Recommendations for common dental emergencies:
- If your tooth has fallen out in one piece due to a traumatic injury, you can try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. If that’s not possible, place it between your cheek and gums or place it in milk. If the tooth has debris, rinse gently without touching the root in warm water or milk. Then, get to our office right away.
- For a cracked tooth, immediately rinse the mouth with warm salt water to clean the area. Put cold compresses on the face to keep any swelling down.
- If you bite your tongue or lip, clean the area gently with water and apply a cold compress.
- For toothaches, rinse the mouth with warm salt water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss to remove any food caught between the teeth.
- If your crown has fallen off, you need to see us within 48 hours to have your crown evaluated and possibly re-cemented. Teeth with missing crowns can start to move out of their original position, making it difficult to re-use the original crown.
Wisdom Tooth Pain / Infection
An infection in your wisdom teeth can prove painful and even potentially dangerous.
Symptoms of a wisdom tooth infection. The most common sign of a wisdom tooth infection is a pain in the area. In some cases, infected wisdom teeth may also cause pain in the entire jaw, neck, and throat, as well as headaches. Along with the pain, a wisdom tooth infection might also cause sore throats and swollen lymph glands just under the jaw. Swelling of the face and jaw, pus drainage, and the presence of a bad smell or taste in your mouth are other common signs of infected wisdom teeth. You may also find it very difficult to chew or eat. If you suspect that one of your wisdom teeth is infected, you should contact us as soon as possible. Your wisdom teeth can become infected primarily because of their position in the mouth. They’re often very hard to reach with your toothbrush and floss, which means they’re frequently neglected or not properly cleaned. This can cause food, plaque, and other debris to accumulate on and between the teeth, promoting bacteria growth. Sometimes, a wisdom tooth doesn’t erupt fully. When this happens, the tooth may be covered partially with a flap of gum tissue, which can also trap food, plaque, and bacteria, resulting in a wisdom tooth infection.
Child’s Baby Tooth: Chances of re-implanting a completely knocked-out baby tooth are slim. The typical course of action for this case is to wait for the permanent tooth to grow. Permanent Tooth: It is imperative that you see us right away as delays decrease the chances of putting back the tooth. Typically, to successfully re-attach the tooth, the procedure must be done in an hour or two. However, here at Dental Care of Riverside, we have experienced success in putting back a knocked-out tooth 24 hours later. It is important to note, though, that, apart from seeing us right away, certain steps need to be observed to ensure the success of the procedure. The first thing you should do is stop any bleeding from the gums. To do this, rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it. Apply pressure on the area using gauze pads. Instead of using your fingers to apply pressure, you may opt to bite on the gauze. See us immediately if the bleeding doesn’t stop after 10 minutes. Meanwhile, to minimize swelling, apply something cold and compress the affected area. The next step is to find the tooth. Only hold it by the crown. Try to put the tooth back into the socket by holding it gently in place and trying to bite down. However, the better option is to immerse the tooth in a glass of milk (or water with a pinch of salt) and let us do the re-attachment procedure as soon as possible. Should the tooth or root be dirty, clean it but make sure you do not scrub it nor clear out any attached gum tissue on the root?
Using your finger and very light pressure, try putting the tooth back in its original position. It is important not to force it, though. To keep the tooth from moving, you can bite down. See us right away, preferably within six hours, for the best results.
Lost Filling Or Crown
lost filling may be accompanied by pain. This is due to ‘dental tubules’ or dental nerves being exposed and coming into contact with air. To relieve the pain, apply a little clove oil on the sensitive area. Placing an ice pack on the painful area may also help. Meanwhile, if you still have the filling, put it in a safe place and bring it to Dental Care of Riverside. To rid yourself of discomfort, get a tooth wax or cement from the pharmacy and use it to fill the hole in your tooth. For cases involving a dislodged crown, try to slip the crown back into its place until you see us. How should you do it? Start by cleaning the inside of the crown and removing any debris present. Next, coat the crown’s inside with tooth dental cement (available in a pharmacy) and slip it back in place. Other alternatives to dental cement are denture adhesive and toothpaste. Do NOT use other household adhesives or glues. These products aren’t safe to put in your mouth and may damage the tooth and crown. Keep in mind the aforementioned things are just temporary solutions. It is still imperative that you see us immediately when confronted with these situations.
Take the necessary steps to ensure that your mouth is clean. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Floss to get rid of any food lodged between the teeth or under the gum line. Take prescribed pain medications. If the ache persists, contact us right away.
Debris Between Teeth
This is usually easily resolved with the help of flossing. However, should your attempts to dislodge the debris fail, do not hesitate to enlist the help of Dr. Sheth.
Bitten Tongue, Lip, Or Cheek
A cut of less than ¼ inch typically heals on its own. To ensure the healing of the affected area, you can rinse your mouth with warm saltwater. This helps keep the mouth sanitized and prevents further problems brought about by bacteria getting into the sore area. Rinsing every 20-30 minutes on the first day is highly recommended. Continue rinsing as often as possible until the wound completely heals. Applying a cold compress on the affected area may also minimize swelling. On the other hand, it’s best to see us immediately when faced with the following situations: The cut is bigger than ¼ inch Bleeding on the affected area persists longer than 10 minutes Biting your tongue Tooth gets lodged deeply into your lips or cheek
Burned Roof Of Mouth
While sores and blisters resulting from eating very hot food typically heal on their own, they usually cause discomfort. To ease the pain, you can take acetaminophen. Another option is to apply a topical oral anesthetic in the affected area. To keep the area clean, rinse with warm salt water after every meal. If the sores or blisters do not heal after 10 days, give us a call.
Gum Pain, Swelling, Or Abscess
Gum pain or swelling may indicate the presence of an abscess (infection) in the gum tissue or the tooth’s root and its surrounding areas. This condition should be brought to our attention of us immediately as severe infection or abscess in the mouth can be life-threatening. Furthermore, identifying the underlying cause of the pain, swelling, or abscess requires a thorough dental examination. A ruptured abscess is usually followed by a sudden flow of malodorous and foul-tasting fluid. Should you experience this, immediately rinse your mouth with warm salt water and give us a call.
There are various causes of dental-related pain, with the common culprits being infection, debris lodged under the gum line, cracked or broken tooth, or dislodged crown or filling. Determining the underlying cause of the severe pain necessitates a thorough dental examination. So, set an appointment with us right away. Meanwhile, to temporarily ease the pain, you can take painkillers. Do NOT use aspirin or ibuprofen, as they can cause excessive bleeding. Applying ice on the affected area for 10-20 minutes may also soothe the pain. Please give us a call (951) 666-8998 if you have any questions.