Emergency Dental Care
Emergency Dental Care
What is a dental emergency?
Keep in mind you should not go to an emergency room for a dental emergency unless we recommend it (we usually only recommend the ER for head trauma, a broken jaw, or excessive bleeding). Call us first at (909) 798-4800 and we’ll make sure you get the best care as quickly as possible.
- Severe toothaches that have lasted for a long time
- A lost filling or crown
- A cracked or fractured tooth
- A chipped or broken tooth (although a partially chipped tooth with no pain is generally not considered an emergency)
- A lost (or partially lost) or knocked out tooth
- Abscesses and swelling inside or around your mouth or jaw
- Discharge inside or around the mouth, likely due to infection
- Damage to your tongue, cheeks, lips or gums
- Treatment for cancer patients before, during, and after chemotherapy or radiation
Why You Should Avoid the ER for a Dental Emergency
A lot of emergency rooms don’t have the equipment to treat dental emergencies. They can help with pain, but pain isn’t the only thing involved with most dental emergencies. These include:
- Pulling a tooth
- Emergency root canals or other procedures
- Repairing a lost or cracked filling
- Fixing dentures, crowns or bridges
- Repairing broken, chipped or lost teeth
If you’re not sure whether your issue is an emergency, call us (909) 798-4800. We’ll help you determine if you need immediate attention or if you can wait.
Dental Emergency FAQs
If you think you’re experiencing a dental emergency, call us immediately at (909) 798-4800. Outside of business hours, we have on-call staff who will take your information and contact the dentist, who will follow up with you as needed.
Until you can talk to us or see us, there are certain things you can do in an emergency dental situation that may help. If you’ve already talked to us, be sure to follow any instructions we gave you.
- Broken, chipped or cracked tooth: rinsing your mouth with warm water and using a cold compress on your face can help. Wrap the tooth fragment in gauze (or a wet towel) and bring it with you.
- Lost or knocked out tooth: gently insert the tooth back into its socket, if you can. Hold it in place at the top with a clean towel. Do not scrub the tooth or remove any attached tissue, although you may rinse it if it’s dirty. If you can’t get the tooth back into its socket, holding it under your tongue until you see us is a good idea.
- Broken jaw: this is a job for the emergency room. Apply ice or a cold compress and get to the ER.
Bitten tongue or lip: Clean the bite and use a cold compress to reduce swelling, but if the bleeding is excessive, go to the ER.
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