Reliable Emergency Dental Care in Fullerton, CA
As medical issues and accidents can occur at any time, so can injuries and illnesses of the teeth, gums, and jaw. The good news is that we are here to help you! Our compassionate Fullerton dental staff can assist you with emergency dental care and follow up treatment so you can get back to your routine as soon as possible. We do our best to accommodate a dental emergency with same-day appointments and extended office hours.
At Anna K. Talmood, DDS, we provide effective and efficient emergency dental care for La Habra, Brea, Fullerton, and the surrounding communities. Get the treatment you need quickly to stop your pain and to save you time and money. Call us today!
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Dental Emergency Instructions
Obtaining emergency dental care is essential for several reasons. There are situations where a tooth can be saved if treated early and damaging infections can be stopped. Additionally, it is important to get the accompanying pain that often exists with an emergency under control quickly. A good rule of thumb is, if it’s painful, it is a dental emergency. Here are some common dental emergencies we treat at our Fullerton dental practice:
Toothaches - Call us as soon as possible if you are experiencing tooth pain or discomfort. This is usually a sign of a more significant problem that needs urgent attention.
Damaged or lost tooth - Time is critical when you lose a tooth. The window of opportunity to save a tooth is a small one, but there are a few things you can do before you reach our office.
- Gently rinse the dislodged tooth in water.
- Be careful not to remove any of the attached tissue when you are rinsing the tooth.
- Gently try to place the tooth back into the socket. Do not try to force it and make sure it is pointing in the right direction.
- If that does not work, place the tooth in a small cup of milk or a salt-water solution. If that is unavailable, hold the tooth between your cheek and gums to keep it moist.
- Get to us immediately! The faster you can see us, the better chance we have in saving your tooth.
- If your tooth is still intact inside your mouth, gently push the tooth back in the proper position. Come in immediately so we can try to save your tooth.
- If your tooth is chipped or broken, gather up the pieces in a small-moistened cloth, and bring them with you to our office.
Soft-tissue injuries - Injuries to the tongue, lips, gums, and cheeks can result in pain, swelling, and bleeding. Rinse your mouth with warm water and apply direct pressure to the area with moistened gauze or a clean towel. You can also use a cold compress to the outside of your cheek or mouth to help with swelling, bleeding, and pain. The injury may need professional treatment, so you’ll need to get help immediately.
Lost crown or filling - When you lose a filling there is a possibility that your tooth was fractured. A new filling or crown will probably be needed. For a crown that comes loose, many times, we can get it re-cemented if there is no additional decay evident. The tooth may become especially sensitive if a nerve is exposed. Call us immediately. If you cannot come in right away, you can place the crown back on the tooth using toothpaste or with temporary dental cement available at your pharmacy. Do not use glue on your tooth.
Emergency Dental Care for Kids
Children receive bumps and bruises all the time, but while your kid can brush these off and keep playing, a problem with their teeth needs to be addressed promptly. Whether your child plays sports or just very active, Dr. Talmood is prepared to handle a dental emergency with calm efficiency. Emergencies include broken, chipped, knocked-out teeth, toothache, sensitive teeth, or damaged fillings.
Whether your child’s tooth has just been knocked out or they’ve lacerated their gums, this first step is the most important: Stay calm and breath. Remaining calm is vital to taking the right actions to mitigate damage.
Know Who to Call
Everybody knows where the nearest hospital is when it comes to medical emergencies, but what about the dental variety? Just like knowing the numbers for the local police and fire station is a good idea; having the information at hand in case of a dental emergency can save you precious time and prevent panic. Keep our number listed in your phone contacts so you can easily find the number when you need it. Call us as soon as the emergency takes place so we can advise you on immediate treatment and get you scheduled for an appointment.
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Treat the Affected Area Immediately
When you or a family member experience a dental emergency, there are some things you can do before you reach our office. If a tooth is knocked out, clean it gently and attempt to place it back in the socket until you can get to our office, if possible. If not possible, put it in a sealed container with either milk or over-the-counter saliva solution to preserve it.
For cuts and excessive bleeding, wash the wound with hydrogen peroxide and apply pressure with gauze or paper towels to mitigate blood flow. The most common dental emergency is sudden tooth pain. We recommend trying to floss and brush around the tooth to dislodge any food or trapped particles. Rinsing with warm salt water may also help dull the pain until you can get in to see Dr. Talmood.
Keep a Dental Emergency First Aid Kit
Consider keeping a small first aid kit specifically for dental emergencies. This kit should include:
- Rubber gloves
- Alcohol wipes
- Cotton balls or gauze pads
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Pain relievers or topical anesthetic
- Denture adhesive
- Synthetic saliva
Hopefully, you’ll never have to use your dental emergency kit, but if you do, you’ll be glad you have it ready.
Don’t Let Dental Emergencies Catch You Unprepared
Although dental emergencies can happen at any time, you can still do a lot to prepare. Having what you need on hand and getting into our Fullerton dental practice as soon as possible can help you heal faster and prevent the problem from getting worse. Treating the issues quickly will also save you time and money and help get your regular routine back on schedule. Anna K. Talmood, DDS can help you prepare for a dental emergency and provide comprehensive services for a complete recovery. Call us today for more information!
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