Urgent Dental Care
If you experience sudden pain, damage to the teeth and gums, or another dental emergency, Scripps Center for Dental Care can help. Our dentists can provide speedy treatment for a comprehensive range of issues, including chipped or broken teeth, lost teeth, loose fillings or dental crowns, sports injuries, and orthodontic damage. While some conditions could require a same-day appointment, others may be treated over the phone and with a follow-up visit. Your comfort, care, and results are our highest priorities, and we will make the time to address your urgent dental needs as they arise.
Should an urgent dental need arise, please phone our office anytime. We are committed to our patients and service. Everyday of the year, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, Scripps Center for Dental Care maintains a lead clinical coordinator and a doctor on call to meet your urgent needs.
If your symptoms can be addressed from home, our skilled dental team will offer detailed instructions to help you alleviate discomfort as quickly as possible. Once the immediate concern is managed, they can determine if professional assistance will still be needed. In many cases, some simple steps can provide a great deal of relief and help to ensure you achieve the best possible outcome. If follow-up care is recommended, we will help you schedule an appointment. Some of the most common issues that develop include:
- Knocked Out Tooth
- Chipped or Cracked Tooth
- Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek
- Lost Filling or Dental Crown
Minor dental pain can often be relieved by taking an over-the-counter painkiller. Most pain is result of inflammation and if the inflammation can be reduced by anti-inflammatories, the discomfort goes away. If discomfort continues or becomes worse, you should schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible. Your pain could be a sign of a more serious concern, such as an infection or abscess, which should be treated promptly to reduce the risk of further damage or other complications. We want you to feel at ease in our care, and we can provide a number of patient amenities and sedation dentistry options to help you feel more relaxed during your visit.
Tooth Knocked Out
In the event a tooth gets knocked out (avulsed), we recommend you try and place the tooth back into the socket immediately, and then call our office promptly. Replacing an avulsed tooth is a time-sensitive procedure, and our dental professionals will also want to check for signs of other dental injuries or jaw fractures. It’s important that you only touch the enamel crown of the tooth (the bite surface) and never the roots. If you cannot align the tooth back into the socket, place the tooth (and any attached tissue) into a glass of cold milk or Hanks Balanced Salt Solution (HBSS), which can be found at most pharmacies over the counter, and contact our office immediately for recommendations or appointment.
If you have additional questions, please contact our office today. Our experienced team will be standing by to help.