Brighton Dental maintains office hours for your preventative, cosmetic and restorative dental needs, but we understand that accidents can happen anytime. That’s why we make ourselves available at any hour to deal with your dental emergencies. Whether it’s late at night, early in the morning, just 10 minutes after our office closes or even on a holiday or Sunday afternoon, we’re here for you when you have to deal with a dental emergency.
Our team has years of experience in trauma dentistry, pain relief, infection management and the many other aspects of dentistry that may come into play in solving your dental issue. Whether your child has knocked out a tooth at a sporting event or a crown has come loose during a meal out, we’re here for you at any hour with a solution that will put things right.
We know that quick action reduces pain and anxiety and keeps the problem from getting worse. You’ll never wait hours or days for emergency assistance when you’re a patient of Brighton Dental in San Diego.
Here are some frequently experienced dental emergencies along with details on actions you can take immediately – even before you call us:
A bad toothache. Your first line of defense is a pain reliever like Tylenol. If you don’t feel better after 4 hours or have a lot of swelling, it’s time to come see us. We can quickly determine the cause and get you on the path to a pain-free day.
A bite of the tongue or cheek. This may not be serious if the bite is small, so start by cleaning out the area by rinsing with water. Apply a cold compress on your face over any areas of swelling and take a pain reliever. If the bite is bad or the swelling continues or gets worse, contact us right away for emergency help.
A knocked-out tooth. This is a dental emergency that needs immediate action. First, find and save the tooth if at all possible. Clean it only by holding it under gently running water – while you have the sink drain blocked so you don’t lose it. Don’t scrub. You can try to reinsert the tooth gently, then you must immediately see us. If the tooth can’t be reinserted, keep it in a cup of milk while you get here. The moisture and calcium will help sustain the tooth and make it more likely that we can put it back in for you.
A cracked tooth. Rinse out your mouth with tepid water right away, then put a cold pack on your face to prevent swelling from getting too bad. Try not to do anything else until you see us. Don’t try to eat until we stabilize the situation for you and take care of any exposed tissue.
A chipped tooth. The size of the chip determines whether this is a true dental emergency. Try to find the piece that has chipped away. This is often impossible, but it can help if you find it and keep it in a damp towel so that it remains moist. There are a number of restorative and cosmetic dental procedures that can take care of a chipped tooth.
When you’re in pain, a tooth is badly damaged or you have a lot of swelling, you have a dental emergency. But don’t panic. Every dental issue has a solution, and there’s no better team in the business to solve your problem.
Whatever your emergency dental concern, we’re here for you at Brighton Dental in San Diego, your emergency dentist. Call us at (619) 346-7422. Whatever the hour and whatever the concern, help is available.
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