compassionate, efficient care
dental emergencies in Long Beach
At Dodds Dental, we are committed to taking care of our patients throughout all stages of their dental health. Unexpected dental emergencies are painful and stressful, and our team is here to help. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, call us immediately at (562) 439-0754 to book a same-day appointment. We are as accommodating as possible and our dentists will always make time to see patients experiencing pain.
know the signs
what is a dental emergency?
A dental emergency could be any of the following:
- Past dental work that has become loose or fallen out
- Dental pain
If you are experiencing any of these issues, give us a call immediately at (562) 439-0754 to schedule an appointment.
what to do in a dental emergency
The most important thing to do in a dental emergency is to remain calm and get treatment from a dentist right away. If you schedule an emergency appointment as soon as possible, we can help you save a tooth that has been knocked out or badly damaged.
To protect knocked-out teeth while you wait for your appointment, keep them in your mouth between your gums and your cheek, or in a glass of cold milk. This helps preserve the pulp so we can do our best to save your tooth. Our skilled team of Long Beach dentists offers efficient, compassionate dental care for any emergency case that walks through our door.
Get Out of Pain
What Should I Do If I Have A Toothache?
Toothaches always happen for a reason. If you are experiencing a painful, prolonged toothache that does not go away after a few days, you may have an infected tooth. If you do not get proper treatment, the issue will worsen and may lead to tooth loss or more severe complications. If you have a serious toothache, schedule an emergency appointment at Dodds Dental right away.
If you are in pain, you can take a few steps to treat your discomfort until you come in for your appointment. Apply a topical pain reliever like Orajel, take over-the-counter medicine like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin), or apply an ice pack to the outside of your mouth.
Once you come in, we’ll take a look at your tooth. If it is infected, we will recommend a root canal, which will eliminate the infection. In most cases, this will be enough to save your tooth and relieve the pain of your toothache.
Save Your Smile
What Should I Do If I Have A Chipped, Cracked Or Damaged Tooth?
If you think you’ve damaged a tooth due to a slip and fall, hard hit in a contact sport, or any other accident, you should see us for an emergency appointment as soon as you can. Once you’ve scheduled your appointment, you can use gauze or cotton balls to absorb blood if your mouth is bleeding, and you can use an ice pack to help with swelling until you come into Dodds Dental for your appointment.
In most cases, we’ll be able to repair a cracked or chipped tooth with bonding or a dental crown. However, if you do not see us right away, your tooth could become infected. If this happens, we’ll need to perform a root canal to eliminate the infection before we can restore your tooth.
Loose Dental Work
What Should I Do If My Dental Work Is Pulled Out?
This is one of the most common dental emergencies. While it may not seem serious, a loose or pulled-out piece of dental work like a filling or crown leaves the inside of your tooth exposed to oral bacteria and acid. You may feel pain and sensitivity in the affected tooth, and it could become damaged if you don’t get your dental work replaced right away.
Contact us for an appointment, then recover your dental work, if possible, and put it in a plastic baggie. It may be possible to replace it in your mouth. If this is not possible, we’ll apply a new filling, crown, or other dental work to protect your tooth.
When Is a Tooth Extraction Necessary?
Tooth extractions are usually only required in extreme cases of tooth decay and damage. If the tooth cannot be treated with any other restorative procedures, extraction may be recommended. The tooth will be removed, and after the extraction site heals, your tooth can be replaced with a partial denture, a dental bridge, or a dental implant.