If you have any dental emergency call: (714) 848-4247*
* Calls after hours will be charged an additional fee.
Read these helpful questions that can guide you through a dental emergency.
What to do if you have a toothache?
Toothache is a common dental emergency. In the event of this problem, rinse the mouth out with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss or an interdental cleaner to ensure that there is no food or other debris caught between the teeth.
Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue. If the pain persists, contact our dentist in Huntington Beach.
What to do if you have a broken tooth?
Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area. Use cold compresses on the area to keep any swelling down. Call your dentist immediately. This is a dental emergency that is best dealt with by a dental professional.
What to do for a bitten lip or tongue?
Clean the area gently with a cloth and apply cold compresses to reduce any swelling. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, go to a hospital emergency room immediately.
What to do if objects get caught between the teeth?
Try to gently remove the object with dental floss; avoid cutting the gums. Never use a sharp instrument to remove any object that is stuck between your teeth. If you can’t dislodge the object using dental floss, contact our dentist in Huntington Beach.
What to do if a tooth came out from the denture or a denture is broken?
The most likely dental emergency for denture wearers is a chipped denture tooth or one that has broken off. If you have a spare denture (all denture wearers should have one), use it until you can go to the dentist and have it fixed.
If your whole denture breaks in half, use your spare and visit your dentist immediately. Some people may attempt to use cyanoacrylate to repair it, but it is very unpredictable, and generally not strong enough to hold the denture together.
What to do if a crown (cap) came out or is loose?
If a crown is loose, see a dentist immediately. It may indicate that caries is present under it. If not attended right away, tooth might start hurting. You may even lose the tooth.
Occasionally, the crown comes off. This leaves the tooth unprotected, and often sensitive. You can temporarily remedy this problem by using temporary dental cement found at the drug store, and carefully re-cementing the crown. This may not be necessary if you can get to the dentist within a day or two. Never wait more than a few days to get a crown re-cemented. Teeth move and shift very quickly without the crown in place. Sometimes it is not possible to reuse the crown if the teeth have shifted significantly, requiring our dentist in Costa Mesa to have to make a new crown.
We serve the areas of Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Fountain Valley, Westminster, and Seal Beach, among others.
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