Dental Emergency? Schedule an Emergency Dental Appointment!

Visiting the dentist for your six month checkup should be a way of life, but sometimes situations might arise which require an emergency dental visit. Time is of the essence when it comes to caring for your teeth, because delaying treatment might result in additional dental problems.

Dental emergencies may include any type of damage to your teeth or gums, such as:

  • Chipped tooth
  • Cracked tooth
  • Torn or bleeding gums
  • A permanent tooth knocked loose
  • A tooth that has fallen out
  • Damaged crown or bridge
  • Toothache
  • Abscessed teeth

If you are experiencing any of these situations, or any other dental condition that is causing you to be uncomfortable or in pain, then it is best that you schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible. Here at City Century Dental Group, we are a 24 hour dentist in Century City and can accommodate your appointment at any time.

Immediate Dental Care

If a dental injury has occurred it is important to schedule the appointment right away, and also use immediate first aid treatment as needed. If a permanent tooth has fallen out, then you should try to preserve the tooth by holding it by the crown of the tooth, carefully rinse it in milk or salt water, but never scrub the tooth or remove tissue that may be attached. Replace the tooth back into the socket, then hold it in place until you get to the dental office. If you are unable to put the tooth back into the socket, then you should store it in a cup of milk until you get to the dental office.

Most dental emergencies are painful, and you can reduce the pain by applying a cold compress to help reduce inflammation. The compress should be applied on the outside of your mouth or cheek, and held in place for 15 minutes. You can also take over-the-counter pain medication, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

For soft tissue injuries that involve the gums, lips, or cheek, start by gently rinsing the mouth with a warm salt-water solution. Hold a piece of gauze to the bleeding area for 15 – 20 minutes to slow the bleeding. Additionally, a cold compress can be used on the outside of the mouth to control the bleeding.

Time Matters

Some people might consider delaying their dental appointment, because they don’t realize that additional complications might occur. If injury has occurred, then you should act immediately to prevent long-term damage.

For example, in the situation where a tooth has been cracked or chipped, or if the tooth has become loose or knocked out, it might be possible to save the tooth with immediate treatment. But, delaying the appointment could mean that the tooth can’t be saved, and you might need to use an implant instead.

Often, delaying treatment can result in additional extensive and expensive treatments later on, so we encourage you to take action as quickly as possible. For more information please visit or contact us at 310.557.1704to schedule an emergency appointment right away.

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