Alex H. Mendoza, D.D.S.
Cosmetic, Family and General Dentistry located in San Jose, CA
If you fall and knock out a tooth or develop a severe toothache, don’t wait to seek emergency dental care. Prompt diagnosis and treatment can mean the difference between preserving your smile or undergoing an extraction. At Japantown Dental in San Jose, California, Alex Mendoza, DDS, and the team provide emergency dental care on-site. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online, call the office, or walk-in during normal business hours.
Emergency Dental Care Q&A
What is emergency dental care?
Emergency dental care provides prompt diagnosis and treatment of non-life-threatening oral health problems.
If you or a loved one experiences a dental emergency, contact Japantown Dental right away. Making it to the office within 30 minutes of your initial symptoms could mean the difference between saving a tooth or the need for oral surgery.
What issues can benefit from emergency dental care?
At Japantown Dental, the team uses emergency dental care to treat various issues, including:
- Loose teeth
- Knocked-out teeth
- Severe toothaches
- Oral abscesses
- Bleeding that won’t stop
- Chipped, cracked, or fractured teeth
- Facial pain
- Jaw pain
You might also benefit from emergency dental care if you get a foreign object, like a toothpick, lodged between your teeth. In addition, emergency dental care can quickly repair restorations like crowns, bridges, or dental implants.
What actions should I take if I lose a permanent tooth?
If you lose a permanent tooth, keep a level head and move rapidly. First, gently pick up your tooth by the crown and rinse it off in cool tap water.
If possible, stick your tooth back in its socket. If the tooth wobbles around, put it in a glass of milk or carefully tuck it inside your cheek. Then call Japantown Dental.
When you speak with a team member, explain the events that caused you to lose your tooth. They may be able to provide you with tips or insights that can limit the pain and bleeding on your way to the office.
What steps can I take to preserve my teeth and gums?
There’s no way to prevent dental emergencies. Accidents and injuries happen, even under the best circumstances. However, you can preserve your teeth and gums by practicing good oral hygiene and visiting the dentist regularly.
In addition, the team at Japantown Dental recommends wearing a mouthguard if you play contact sports. You might also benefit from a nightguard if you grind your teeth or clench your jaw while sleeping.
Try to avoid bad habits, too. Nail-biting and opening objects with your teeth can cause chips, cracks, or fractures.
If you or a loved one needs emergency dental care, schedule an appointment at Japantown Dental. Book a consultation online, call the office, or walk-in during normal business hours.