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What to Do in a Dental Emergency Elk Grove, CA
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What to Do in a Dental Emergency

Your mouth is used every day, and just like any other part of your body, it can be exposed to trauma or injury. While you may know to call 911 or go to urgent care when you have a medical emergency, do you know what to do during a dental emergency? Here’s some helpful tips to ensure your smile is restored quickly.

Don’t Ignore It

First and foremost, don’t neglect a dental-related concern. Your teeth are an integral part of your oral health and body health. Leaving a dental emergency untreated could lead to more serious complications. If you aren’t sure whether your dental concern warrants emergency care, always contact your dentist to ask.

Don’t Rush to the ER

When it comes to problems with your teeth, the ER is not always the best place to go, as they may not be equipped to restore the health and aesthetics of your teeth like a dentist could. However, there are situations in which your dental emergency is compromising your overall health and safety. If you experience the following, a trip to the ER is required:

  • Uncontrolled bleeding from the mouth
  • Dizziness or loss of consciousness
  • Broken jaw
  • Painful swelling in the mouth or face

Call Your Emergency Dentist

At Laguna West Dental Care, we are fully equipped to treat common dental emergencies, especially those caused by blunt trauma or injury. Our office can help children and adults with the following:

  • A knocked-out or displaced tooth
  • A broken tooth
  • Tooth pain (without facial swelling)

Do What You Can at Home

Before you head to the dental office, there are some things you can do at home to increase your chances for successful treatment, especially when it comes to saving a tooth that was knocked out. Your dentist may be able to re-implant an avulsed tooth. However, you’ll need to take extra care of your tooth while transporting it to the dentist. Gently rinse it off with water. If you are not able to put it back in the socket and hold it there, it is best to store the tooth in milk, water or the person’s salvia to prevent it from drying out. Try not to handle the tooth by the root. You’ll need to get to the dentist as soon as possible if you have a knocked-out tooth. A chipped or cracked tooth also needs attention promptly. However, dental treatment is less urgent in these cases unless it is causing significant pain.

It can be difficult to know what to do in a dental emergency. Dental emergencies are often a high source of anxiety and stress for patients, especially when it involves a child. Rest assured that our emergency dental care services at Laguna West Dental Care are carried out with your comfort in mind. We have a menu of pain management techniques and a staff that is compassionate and knowledgeable when it comes to treating urgent dental matters.

Posted on behalf of Laguna West Dental Care in Elk Grove

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As I was walking to my car after my appointment I thought, I sure am happy I come here. I get warm friendly service and gentle, thorough care throughout my visit. Dr. Chan and his staff are the best.

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We've been so very happy with Dr. You and his staff since we moved to Sacramento in 1985! We've followed him to the current location in Laguna...he and his staff take such good care of all our dental needs. I have no hesitation in recommending their services!

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In my 65 years on the planet, and hundreds of hours in former dentists' offices, Dr. You and his staff are by far the best I've ever encountered. My very recent crown replacement was 100 percent pain free! All phases of treatment, from removal of the old crown, mold taking and making, to the permanent placement with my brand new well-matched molar, was seamless. I respect and applaud Laguna West Dental Care for taking such talented care of me.

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Since retiring, I drive and hour and a half each way to continue to see Dr. You and his entire staff ... and I hate to drive. No better dentist and hygenists in Sacramento and I have tried others over the years. Thank you for a great experience each and every time Laguna West!

Norman H.

In my 50+ years, I've probably had 7 to 8 dentists and have had my share of bad experiences that made me fearful of going to the dentist. But, after switching to Dr. Chan in 1991, I really couldn't be happier and don't dread dental appointments anymore. Dr. Chan is gentle and exceptionally good at giving shots that I can barely feel. He even calls me in the evening after every procedure to make sure I'm doing okay. The staff is friendly and caring and the facilities are nice. Highly recommended.

Carol D.

We've been patients of Dr. You and Dr. Chan since my son was in kindergarten - now a County employee. Everyone on the staff is great. I had one bad experience with a dentist referred by my insurance co. - I'd NEVER see a dentist again without a personal referral. Consider this mine to you -- Laguna West is an excellent choice!