Despite our best intentions, dental emergencies can happen—and they often occur when the dentist office is closed.
If you are facing a true dental emergency that could mean losing a tooth, it’s important that you get medical attention immediately.
When you are facing a situation that involves an injury, broken tooth, infection, or toothache—regardless of the time of day—contact Orange Grove Family Dentistry and Dr. Kyle Nishimura for an appointment. We can help you figure out if your need to see a dentist is urgent or if we can wait until normal business hours.
Even if you are not a regular patient of our practice, we will see you as soon as we can so we can assess your situation and try to prevent further damage. Give us a call!
Common Reasons for Needing an Emergency Dentist
One of the most common causes for having an urgent need to see a dentist is a bad toothache. What starts out as minor becomes almost unbearable as the toothache pain increases.
In most cases, a toothache this bad is caused by an infection in the pulp of the tooth. You will most likely need a root canal to stop the pain. The good news about a root canal, however, is that it will also save your tooth.
Other reasons for toothaches might include a gum infection or a gum abscess. A damaged or cracked filling can also be the culprit.
Other Reasons for Needing an Emergency Dentist
Sometimes a dental emergency is the result of some kind of trauma, such as an accident or blow to the mouth. If this has resulted in a tooth that has broken or completely fallen out, it’s important to see a dentist right away.
If your tooth has been knocked out of its socket, our first priority is to try to save the tooth. If possible, put the tooth back into place. Otherwise, keep the tooth moist until you can see the dentist; holding it between your cheek and gum is best.
If there is any question about whether your situation is an emergency, call our office number—even if it is after hours. We will help you assess the situation so we can figure out if you need to be seen immediately.
Preventing Dental Emergencies in the Future
The best way to avoid most dental emergencies is to visit your dentist twice each year for routine examinations and cleanings. In dentistry, prevention is key. Small problems can be identified and fixed before they become dental emergencies.
Learn more about our emergency dentistry services by calling our office. Whether it is during the week or on a weekend, don’t hesitate to contact us so we can get you scheduled with Dr. Nishimura as soon as possible.
Call Our Office if You Think You Have a Dental Emergency
Call us right away if you or a member of your family has a toothache or has suffered some kind of trauma. We can answer your questions and help you decide whether or not the situation is an emergency.