Dental emergency: Toothaches, dental pain and other emergencies

DENTAL EMERGENCY IN SAN CLEMENTE, ORANGE COUNTY, CA


Oceansight Dental & Implants

Office of Dr. Ali John Jazayeri

106 S Ola Vista

San Clemente, CA 92672

Tel: (949) 481 – 2540

Fax: (949) 481-2544

email: dr@oceansightdental.com

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What should I do in case of a dental emergency?

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Most dentists offer some type of after-hours answering service so you can reach them past normal office hours.

Experiencing a dental emergency can be very painful and uncomfortable. Your first step should be to get a hold of your dentist. If you have a regular dentist, give them a call right away. If you don’t have a regular dentist, you should start looking for one who offers emergency dental care. If you’re in or near the San Clemente, Orange County area then we might be able to assist you in case of dental emergency. Call us at (949) 481-2540 and we can assist you. We use a call-forwarding system to give you 24/7 access to our dentist or dental team, even on weekends and holidays!

If you still can’t get a hold of any dentist near you then your only option is to take pain killers or go to the emergency room. Pain killers such as Tylenol and Motrin are helpful if you don’t have access to stronger narcotics. Emergency rooms visits are typically counterproductive as most emergency rooms don’t offer any dental care. They will most likely administer you painkillers and antibiotics to temporarily alleviate your pain and refer you to a dentist the following day.

What are the most common dental emergencies?

Dental pain can be one of the worse types of pain one can experience. There are several different reasons accountable for most dental emergencies which are:

Toothache


Toothaches usually start when cavity bugs enter your tooth nerve and cause an infection

Most dental emergencies are a direct result of toothache resulting from dental infection. Typically, toothaches start off when cavity bugs enter your tooth nerve and causes an infection. Other causes of a toothache are fracture and trauma. These types of toothaches lead to throbbing, lingering and severe pain which typically lasts for linger than 20 minutes at a time. If you are experiencing a toothache, you need to see a dentist right away. Give us a call at (949) 481-2540 to schedule an emergency dental visit with Oceansight Dental & Implants. We offer emergency dental treatment to San Clemente as well as Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, Mission Viejo and the rest of South Orange County.

Broken teeth or dental restorations

Sometimes your emergency is the result of a chipped tooth or broken dental filling or crown. If you’re not experiencing any pain, it’s best to wait and see your dentist as soon as possible. You may feel like this is not a true dental emergency if you aren’t experiencing any pain. Nevertheless, you should have the tooth checked out as soon as possible. Otherwise, you will develop a dental infection which definitely leads to some serious pain!

Knocked out tooth

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Knocked out teeth can be salvaged but you must replace them immediately to save a knocked out tooth

Sometimes your entire tooth comes out in its entirety. This is very rare but it does sometimes happen. Knocked out teeth can be salvaged but you must replace them immediately in order to save the tooth. If you can’t get to a dentist right away, place the knocked out tooth in a glass of milk, and make arrangements to visit an emergency dentist as soon as possible. There is a chance that your dentist could transplant the tooth back into its socket, splint it, and allow the tooth to heal.

Pediatric dental emergencies

Children experience dental emergencies for different reasons. Most often they feel pain when their baby or adult teeth start to erupt. Teething emergencies are best managed by applying medication or other soothing techniques to help your child get through this process. More serious dental emergencies happen when children develop a dental infection. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to distinguish between these two types of pain. If your child is at a teething age there’s a good chance that the toothache is related to teething. However, there’s always the chance that the toothache is a result of an untreated tooth infection. You should contact an emergency pediatric dentist to have your child’s tooth examined as soon as possible.

Dentures related emergencies

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It’s very important for denture wearers to have access to a local dentist in case they ever have a denture emergency

Denture wearers oftentimes find themselves in a bind when their false teeth break or worse, when they lose their denture. As such, it’s important for denture wearers to have access to a local dentist in case of such emergencies. There are a few scenarios you may face if your dentures ever break. If your denture has minor damage your dentist may be able to fix it right away. Other times, your denture has to be sent to the lab and the repair will take several days. Occasionally, your denture ends up being irreparable and you’ll need a new denture.

If you need to see a dentist for emergency denture services give us a call at (949) 481-2540 today. We offer denture repairs, sometimes same-day, as well as other denture-related services. Give us a call or come visit us in our San Clemente dental office to see how you can best repair or replace your denture teeth.

Miscellaneous dental emergencies

Other dental conditions such as gum disease, oral ulcers or TMJ problems can also result in a dental emergency. Schedule an appointment so that your dentist can identify the cause of your dental emergency. Explain to your dentist the type and symptoms of your pain to help them in better identified your dental emergency. Once the source of your pain has been identified, we can recommend treatment options for you.

Regardless of the nature of your dental emergency, it’s important that you follow-up with a dentist as soon as possible. You should never underestimate pain inside of your mouth. You may develop a serious infection should you fail to address underlying dental conditions. Additionally, postponing essential dental work makes treatment more complicated and more costly. Give us a call at (949) 481-2540 or schedule an emergency appointment with us today.

What should I do if I have an emergency toothache?

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There’s two treatment options for fixing an emergency toothache, root canal therapy or tooth extraction

Call us at (949) 481-2540 if you are experiencing an emergency toothache immediately. We will try to get you in right away if we have the means to accommodate you. Of course, you can always take a few painkillers to temporarily reduce the dental pain. However, taking medicine will not reverse a toothache and only temporarily masks your symptoms. You must go to your dentist for definitive treatment or your toothache will return soon afterwards. Generally, there are two treatment options for fixing an emergency toothache:

If you’re experiencing a severe toothache then your tooth is most likely infected. At this point, a dental filling alone is not going to fix your toothache. Your first option is to remove your tooth nerve with a root canal treatment. The other option is to pull the bad tooth with a tooth extraction. Only you and your dentist can determine which treatment option is best for you. To learn more, give us a call at (949) 481-2540 or schedule your appointment online today.

What happens if I ignore my dental emergency?

Toothaches and dental infections never resolve by themselves. An infected tooth will continue to remain infected until it’s treated or removed by your dentist. As such, ignoring a toothache is never a wise idea! Ignoring an infected or painful tooth will cause you continuous pain and discomfort. What’s worse, an untreated dental infection will eventually spread to the rest of your body. Dental infection spreads from inside your tooth into the jaw bone. From there, the abscess drains into your sinus cavity or bloodstream and spreads to the rest of your body. This explains why untreated dental infection can be responsible for headaches, sinus infections, stomach problems and even certain heart conditions.

What should I do in case of a dental emergency if I don’t have a regular dentist?

If you’re experiencing a dental emergency but don’t have access to a regular dentist, you need to start looking for one right away. If you live near San Clemente, Orange County then you should call us at (949) 481-2540 right away. We may be able to help you get out of pain. If you don’t have access to a dentist nearby, then you should start looking for one that offers emergency dental treatment. Here are some ways you can find an emergency dentist is willing to help you out in case of a dental emergency:

Personal referral

One of the best ways to find a good emergency dentist is by talking to people you already know. Start by talking to your friends and family to see if they have any good recommendation. Some people post on Facebook, although this is not a very reliable way to find an emergency dentist. Also, be sure to specify what the nature of your dental emergency is. After all, not all dentists perform root canal therapy or tooth extraction.

Online search

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Start by searching keywords
such as “emergency dentist”, “24 hour dentist” or “tooth extraction near me” on Google, Bing or Yahoo

Searching online is another great way to look for a good emergency dentist. Start by searching keywords such as “emergency dentist“, “24 hour dentist” or “tooth extraction near me” on Google, Bing or Yahoo. Typically, dentists who offer emergency services run online advertisement so you can easily find them. Another good idea is to call 1-800-Dentist and see if they can refer you to a dentist who offers emergency services nearby. Websites like Yelp, Zocdoc and Realself are not bad for finding a dentist but finding an emergency dentist through them may prove to be quite challenging. Ultimately, if you search hard enough you should be able to find a dentist who can help you out with your dental emergency sooner or later.

Contact your dental insurance

If you have dental insurance then you should call them or look on their website to find a nearby provider. If you have PPO dental insurance you can go to any dentist you choose so finding one should be pretty easy. However, if you have an HMO plan then you must go to your assigned dentist. If you have a state aid plan such as Medicaid or Denti-Cal you also need to go to a dentist who accepts your insurance plan. If you choose to go to a dentist who doesn’t accept your dental insurance then be prepared to pay cash for your emergency dental treatment.

Go to the local emergency room

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Emergency room only offers medication and you still need to see a dentist to fix your dental emergency

If you can’t find a dentist after repeated attempts then your only other option is to continue taking pain killers or go to the emergency room. Emergency rooms only offer you medication to reduce your pain level and they won’t fix your dental condition. Ultimately, you’ll have to go and see a dentist to fix your dental emergency. Be sure to find a dentist who can address your emergency condition. Not all dentists are equipped to handle every emergency condition. For instance, some dentists don’t perform root canal therapy or offer tooth extraction services. Ideally, look for a dentist who offers both root canal therapy as well as tooth extraction services. This way, you should be able to address your dental emergency one way or another.

Dental emergency treatment in San Clemente, Orange County

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We offer emergency dental services including root canal therapy, tooth extraction, denture repair and dental implants

If you’re experiencing a dental emergency in San Clemente we can offer immediate help. Give us a call at (949) 481-2540 to schedule your emergency visit today. We offer emergency dental care to Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, Mission Viejo and the rest of Orange County. Typically, we can see you within 24 hours, sometimes even right away. We’re conveniently located off of the 405 Freeway in downtown San Clemente. Additionally, we offer root canal therapy, tooth extraction, wisdom tooth removal, denture repair and dental implants. For your convenience, we have 24/7 answering service to handle after-hour and emergency calls. To learn more about different dental emergency conditions click on the following links:

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