IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY
Time is of the essence in urgent dental emergencies, such as a tooth knocked out or loosened in an accident. A tooth has the best chance of surviving if it is successfully returned to its socket within 30 minutes to an hour.
In such an instance, call immediately: 818-769-3038.
If during off-hours, Dr. Mintzer is usually able to get to the office to treat an urgent dental emergency within the hour.*
Getting attention in the early stages of a dental emergency helps head off more serious problems and more extensive treatment.
When a toothache strikes ....
The most common dental emergency is a toothache. Sometimes, the onset of a toothache can be agonizing, and in those cases, immediate care from a professional is the only thing that can alleviate the pain. If the pain is severe, call us right away, even during off-hours.
In most cases, however, tooth pain doesn’t start all at once. Tooth pain is a warning sign and ignoring it can lead to more serious problems – and pain. Even if the pain is only intermittent, making an appointment to have it checked out will avoid bigger problems later.
In the meantime, at home, there are several things you can do to ease mild, or intermittent tooth pain or soreness, at least for a short time:
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Aspirin and Ibuprofen, provide some relief.
Rinse with warm salt water, for about 30 seconds.
Floss, to remove any food that may have lodged between your teeth, something that can be a source of pain
For swelling, apply a cold compress, to the outside of your cheek or mouth, over the painful area.
For other dental emergencies....
Sometimes, a crown or filling will come loose and fall out, unexpectedly. In some cases, it is just a matter wear. But it may also be a sign of decay.
If a crown or filling comes out, call for an appointment as soon as possible. Also, a If there is pain as a result of having lost a crown or filling, call us, during off-hours.
*Per the California Dental Association: “if a tooth is knocked out, attempt to find the tooth and immediately call your dentist for an emergency appointment. Handle the tooth gently and, being careful not to damage the surface of the root, place the tooth in a Save-A-Tooth kit or immerse in milk for transport to the dentist.”