Dental Emergencies in Huntington Beach
Same day emergency treatment
It is important to treat dental emergencies as quickly as possible. If you are in pain or an emergency situation, every attempt will be made to see you the same day. We are open from 8 to 7 and are even open on Saturdays.
Our emergency procedure:
- The doctor will give anesthesia, if needed, to get you out of pain
- An oral exam is done to establish a diagnosis
- X-rays are taken to locate the source of the problem and to identify any threats to your dental health
- Treatment is begun that same day, if possible, to fix the problem, this may include extractions or root canal therapy
If you have a dental emergency, call 714‑841‑0203 immediately to set an appointment. Please inform the receptionist that this is an emergency, and she will make sure that you get in to see the dentist as soon as possible.
Tips for dealing with a dental emergency
A knocked-out tooth
- Place the tooth back in the mouth where it fell out (if possible), and bite down gently on gauze or a wet tea bag to hold it in place, being careful not to swallow the tooth.
- If the above step is not possible, place the tooth in a container and cover with a small amount of whole milk or saliva. The tooth can also be carried between lower lip and lower gum or under the tongue.
- Call the dentist right away, it is important to handle this as quickly as possible.
A lost filling: Temporarily seal the exposed cavity with a piece of sugarless gum or over-the-counter dental cement.
Toothache: Rinse your mouth with warm water and floss to remove food particles. If there is any swelling, apply a cold compress to the area.
Dental abscess: Contact our office immediately. If left untreated, an abscess can lead to a serious infection. Rinse your mouth with a mild saline solution of ½ teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of water several times a day.
Loose crown: If a crown feels loose or becomes detached, carefully attempt to slip it back on. First, prepare the inside of the crown with over-the-counter dental cement, denture adhesive or even toothpaste. Otherwise bring the crown with you to our office.
Broken tooth : Save all pieces of the broken tooth and rinse your mouth with warm water to remove any fragments left. Apply a cold compress to the area.
For more tips on how to take care of an emergency dental situation, visit the American Dental Association’s patient information page on dental emergencies.
To make an appointment, call 714-841-0203 or click here to request an appointment online.