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Emergency Dentistry - Torrance, CA

Saving Damaged Teeth

Are you experiencing a dental emergency? If so, please call our Torrance dental office immediately. We try very hard to offer same-day care to our regular patients because we know that getting prompt treatment can be the difference between saving a tooth and saying goodbye to one. But what exactly is a dental emergency, and how should you handle one when it pops up?

A Lost Tooth

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If a tooth comes completely out of your mouth, find the tooth and use water to gently rinse off any debris that’s stuck to it. Preserve it by storing it in its original socket or in a glass of milk or water — the key is to keep it moist. If you get to your emergency dentist in Torrance within an hour or two of losing the tooth, it’s very possible that we’ll be able to reattach it. This will save you money and time and prevent the need for a prosthesis in the future.

A Cracked or Broken Tooth

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A cracked or broken tooth exposes the sensitive layers below the enamel, which means that your tooth may suddenly become very sensitive to pressure or hot and cold temperatures. This also makes it more vulnerable to infections. Be gentle when you’re chewing food, and take mild painkillers to manage your discomfort (but don’t put painkillers directly on the area around the tooth — you don’t want to end up with chemical burns). In any case, be sure to give us a call. We may be able to save the tooth with a root canal and/or crown.

A Cracked or Broken Crown

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You probably got a dental crown in the first place because one of your teeth was damaged or weak. When a crown can’t do its job anymore, that weakened member of your smile can start to hurt like nobody’s business! If it’s possible, try to keep the crown in place so it can provide limited protection until you get to our office. If that doesn’t work, hold onto the crown and just be careful with your tooth until your appointment. We might be able to repair the restoration, but if not, we’ll replace it as soon as possible.

A Severe Toothache

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If your tooth is in a ton of pain and you can’t figure out why, don’t ignore the problem and hope that it goes away. You may be suffering from an abscess or another serious dental issue that requires immediate attention. Use mild painkillers or a bit of clove oil to manage your pain until you can see us. We’ll examine the tooth, make a diagnosis, and recommend a treatment. Depending on what the problem is, you may need a root canal or (in rare cases) an extraction.

Sensitivity to Hot & Cold Foods/Drinks

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Tooth sensitivity is a common problem, and it often occurs because of circumstances that wear away the enamel over time, such as bruxism (teeth grinding) or the consumption of acidic beverages. However, something more may be happening if only one tooth suddenly becomes very sensitive to temperature changes. The tooth could be broken or infected, meaning that you need professional dental attention as soon as possible. Try to avoid exposing your tooth to anything that bothers it before you can come to our office.

Other Dental Emergencies

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When other emergencies occur, it is often best for you to head to your local emergency room before you come to our office. For example, if you think that you’ve broken your jaw, or if you have a cut that won’t stop bleeding, the ER should be your first destination. The medical professionals there can address the issue better than we can. Later, it would be wise to follow up with Dr. Hamzehpour. If you’re unsure about whether you should head to our office or the ER, contact us and describe the situation. We will give you a recommendation based on your circumstances.

At Blue Coast Dental Group, we truly care about meeting your urgent needs. If you find yourself facing a potential dental disaster, just give us a call to get the attention you need.

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