A recent survey conducted by Majestic Drug Company and published in PR Newswire shows Americans are unprepared for dental emergencies.
- One in six Americans experienced a dental emergency in the past 12 months.
- 72 percent of Americans have fillings, caps, crowns and similar restorations, of which 23 percent of dental emergencies relate back to these restorations.
- In these situations, 67 percent contacted an emergency dentist right away, 14 percent tried to find a temporary solution and 19 percent did nothing.
When to Seek Emergency Dental Care
Any dental emergency, including persistent toothache, an injury to the tooth or the gums can be potentially serious and requires prompt medical treatment. Although most patients wait until the opening of their dentist’s office to seek help, it is important to know when to contact a San Diego emergency dentist for immediate medical attention and treatment.
My staff and I offer immediate appointments and are ready to serve dental emergency patients in Kensington, North Park, Normal Heights and throughout the San Diego area. Our dental emergency practice in Kensington serves dental emergency San Diego patients 24 hours a day, including Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
If you experience any of the following dental problems, please contact our office for an immediate appointment.
- Extremely painful and persistent toothache
- Pain as a result of a chipped or broken tooth
- Knocked out tooth as a result of an injury to the mouth
- Extruded (partially dislodged tooth)
- Pain as a result of a lost filling
- Pain as a result of a lost crown
- Soft-tissue injuries
- Bleeding after an extraction
An aching tooth is the most common dental emergency that can lead to an abscess (infection). Although most patients take over-the-counter medicine and wait for the opening of their dentist’s office, some fail to realize the seriousness of the situation and develop an infection. Oral infections can be extremely painful and require complex emergency dental procedures that may lead to additional expenses. If you are experiencing a toothache that is not getting better, it is important that you schedule an immediate dental emergency appointment.
A tooth that has been chipped or broken is usually not considered a dental emergency, unless it involves extreme pain, soft-tissue swelling and bleeding. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is essential that you contact your Kensington emergency dentist right away. In the meantime, you should rinse your mouth with cold water to stop the bleeding and take Tylenol for pain. An injury to the mouth can also lead to a knocked out tooth or a partially dislodged tooth, which requires immediate medical attention.
Likewise, if you are experiencing a toothache as a result of a lost filling or crown, it is vital that you contact our office. My staff and I can help replace your filling right away or re-cement your lost crown in order to protect your oral health and avoid an infection.
Our emergency dental practice in North Park serves patients 24 hours a day. We offer complex dental emergency treatments, including root canal therapy as well as cosmetic dentistry procedures for patients who require dental restorations as part of their dental emergency treatment.