Dental Emergencies

Call us immediately at (916) 419-0254.

We will advise you on the best course of action, which usually involves coming to our office for treatment. Our office is located at:
4660 Natomas Blvd, Suite 140, Sacramento, CA 95835.

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If you have severe pain or swelling you need to go to the nearest emergency room. Those conditions can be very serious.

After office hour emergencies, our answering service will take your call and get your symptoms. Their employees are trained to make every effort to contact the doctor.

No matter what your condition, we’ll make sure you and your loved ones get the proper care and treatment.

First aid for dental emergencies

Accidents happen, and knowing what to do before you get to our office can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth. But always call our office first at (916) 419-0254.

Here are guidelines for common dental emergencies:

  • For a cracked tooth, immediately rinse the mouth with warm water to clean the area. Put cold compresses on the face to keep any swelling down.
  • For toothaches, rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss to remove any food caught between the teeth.
  • For objects lodged between the teeth, gently floss to try to remove the object. But do not try to remove it with sharp or pointed instruments.
  • If you bite your tongue or lip, clean the area gently with water and apply a cold compress.

If the worst happens and a permanent tooth is knocked-out, follow these guidelines:

  • Handle it by the top or crown only, not the roots.
  • Keep the tooth moist at all times. Gently rinse it in a bowl of tap water. Don’t hold it under running water and don’t rub or scrape it to remove debris. (This damages the root surface, making the tooth less likely to survive.)
  • Try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. If it doesn’t go all the way into place, slowly and gently bite down until it is seated comfortably. Hold the tooth in place until you see the dentist.
  • If you can’t get the tooth into the socket, place it in between your cheek and gums, in milk, or warm salt water (¼ teaspoon salt to 1 quart of water) until you see the dentist.