Emergency Dentistry - Torrance, CA
Repair Damaged Teeth & Renew Oral Health
Are you experiencing a dental emergency? If so, please call our dental office immediately for emergency dentistry in Torrance, CA. 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
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
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 Dental Crown
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 dental 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
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
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 dental office.
Other Dental Emergencies
When other emergencies occur, it is often best for you to head to your local emergency room before you come to our dental 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 dental 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.
Emergency Dentistry Frequently Asked Questions
Even before a dental emergency occurs, it’s always best to have as much knowledge as possible on how to handle certain situations and whether or not you should get to a local ER. To provide you with as much information as possible, your emergency dentist in Torrance has compiled a list of frequently asked questions about emergency dentistry for you to review.
What is considered an actual emergency?
If you are experiencing pain in your mouth that has occurred as a result of a chipped or cracked tooth, knocked-out tooth, soft tissue laceration, or a severe toothache, it is in your best interest to call your dentist’s office and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Even if you aren’t experiencing any pain but know something doesn’t feel right about a tooth, call us. After assessing the situation, we can walk you through the steps to caring for your emergency at home as well as work to get you in to see one of our skilled dental professionals.
How can I reduce my pain?
Everything from over-the-counter pain relievers to cold compresses can be used to reduce your pain. Unfortunately, it is finding the root cause of it that can sometimes be difficult and prolong the discomfort. This usually occurs when it is a severe toothache that is causing the problem. No matter the situation, make sure you alert us. We will be happy to assist in providing tips and ways to help with the pain and get you back to feeling better soon.
How should I remove an object that is stuck between my teeth?
The first thing you should do is rinse your mouth with warm water. This will help to loosen the object. Next, use waxed dental floss to gently move it back and forth between your teeth to try and dislodge the object. If you are unsuccessful, try using a water flosser (irrigator). If you are still unable to remove the object, make sure you get in to see us, as we have special tools we can use to safely and effectively remove it. Never use anything other than floss or a water irrigator to remove anything from your teeth, as you could do additional harm to your mouth.
When should I go to the emergency room?
While it might be natural to assume that any type of emergency should result in a trip to the ER, when it comes to dental injuries, oftentimes, the best individual to provide treatment is your dentist. The reasons for this are:
- They have more knowledge and experience dealing with dental problems
- The wait times are significantly less than an ER lobby
- You will receive proper care for the problem and be provided an effective treatment plan to fix it
Now, there are exceptions when you should get to an ER over the dentist’s office. If you are experiencing continual bleeding, increased swelling, or a broken or fractured jaw, contact us but head straight to the emergency room for immediate medical attention.