Dealing with Dental Emergencies

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Do you have a terrible toothache? Have you chipped a tooth or lost a crown? Dental emergencies are never pleasant. But before you start looking for an emergency dentist in Century City, it’s important that you take the necessary steps to ensure your dental health. An emergency dentist can help you with your problem only if you’re clear about what’s going on and don’t accidentally complicate the issue by treating the problem incorrectly.

Toothaches and Swelling

Swelling is most commonly caused by some sort of infection. You should never place heat on swollen areas, as this could make the infection worse. An emergency dentist can prescribe antibiotics to help take care of the issue; however, if the swelling has reached your eyes or is making it difficult to breathe you should seek emergency care immediately. If you have a toothache, you can use over-the-counter sedative fillings at the drugstore. Anti-inflammatory medications like Aleve and ibuprofen are most effective at dulling this type of pain.

Chips and Fractures

If you’re not noticing any pain with the chip, the issue probably isn’t an emergency. No pain indicates that the chip did not harm the nerve. If you’re experiencing pain, however, you can use a temporary dental sedative from the pharmacy to manage it until you can see the dentist. The size of the chip or fracture will determine the appropriate treatment course — some chips can be sanded over while other may require crowns or replacement elements.

Lost Teeth

If you’ve had one of your teeth knocked out you’ll need the help of an emergency dentist. Rinse the tooth with cold water to clean it and attempt to replant it yourself. If you can’t replant it, keeping it in your mouth until you reach our office is the ideal solution. A glass of milk can also serve as a temporary home for the tooth, but time is of the essence. In some situations the longer you wait the more difficult treatment process becomes.

Century City Dental Group is here to provide the help you need in any dental emergency situation. For further information or assistance please contact us at (310) 557-1704 or visit

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