April 6, 2018
Dr. Julie Valentine, DDS has been providing expert emergency dental care in Beverly Hills for many years. The very nature of an emergency is that it happens unexpectedly — a knocked-out tooth, a painful toothache, abscess, or loose crown isn’t something you pencil into your schedule, after all. Any injury to your mouth and teeth can have serious consequences to your overall health, and that’s why a dental emergency requires immediate care.
As a trusted dental care provider, Dr. Julie Valentine, DDS provides emergency dentistry access 24 hours a day. If you require emergency dental care same day or after hours, call Beverly Hills emergency dentist Dr. Valentine – and she will return your call right away and get you into her office ASAP.
What Counts as a Dental Emergency?
It’s not always easy to know whether or not your situation merits urgent attention, but if you are bleeding, in pain, or have broken something in your mouth, an immediate visit to your emergency dentist should be your next step. A knocked-out tooth, for example, has the highest chance for successful reattachment when dealt with in the first two hours after loss. A toothache can turn into an infection that quickly spreads to other parts of your body.
Some of the most common dental emergencies we treat include broken teeth, toothaches, reattaching a tooth that’s been knocked out, lacerations to the soft tissues of the mouth, and foreign objects stuck between the teeth. Dental emergencies come in all shapes, sizes, and forms.
What to Do after a Dental Emergency
No matter what’s gone wrong with your oral health, taking these steps before you can see Dr. Valentine can help you reduce discomfort and swelling for a speedier recovery.
First, if you’ve got a knocked-out tooth, find the missing tooth and rinse it clean of any debris. Make sure you do not touch the tooth’s root. Doing so could damage its sensitive cells and make reattachment impossible. Store the tooth in the empty socket or a cup of milk or water until you can make it to Dr. Valentine.
For a broken or dislodged tooth, collect the bigger missing pieces for possible reattachment. Try to gently move a tooth that’s been knocked out of place back into its position. Do not force the tooth. Broken fillings and crowns can sometimes be held in place temporarily with toothpaste or denture adhesive, but it’s certainly not a permanent fix. Contact Dr. Valentine immediately.
Children’s dental emergencies can be especially frightening. It may be difficult for them to tell you exactly what’s going on. Sometimes a toothache is caused by a piece of food that’s gotten caught between teeth. Help your little one floss and rinse to see if that’s what’s causing their pain. If not, call our office right away.
Manage pain with an over-the-counter pain medication and reduce swelling by applying an ice pack to the affected cheek every 15 minutes. To stop bleeding, apply gentle pressure to the wound with a clean cloth or gauze.
Call Us ASAP!
The most important thing to remember following any urgent situation? Remain calm. That’s easier when you know you can count on your emergency dentist in Beverly Hills. Don’t put off calling Dr. Valentine when the unexpected happens to you or someone you love. We will have you out of pain and on with your life before you know it!
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