Emergency Services In La Habra, CA
Accidents happen, but we can assist you through these unexpected incidents that leave you in pain. Emergencies we can help you with include:
• Broken, chipped, or cracked tooth
• Lost crown
• Pain from wisdom tooth
What to do after an accident
For a permanent tooth that was knocked out, do not let the tooth dry out and do not touch the root (bottom) of the tooth. To keep the tooth moist, put it in either saline solution or in your mouth between your cheek and gums. Do not leave your tooth in water. You can try to put your tooth back in, but do not force it in. Call us immediately for an appointment within the hour.
If you have a cracked, chipped, or broken tooth, immediately rinse with warm water to clean out the area. If there’s any bleeding, apply gauze to the area for 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. Put ice or a cold compress on your cheek outside the injured area to keep swelling down.
For a toothache, rinse with warm water and gently use floss to remove any lodged food. Do not put aspirin against the tooth or gums.
If your crown fell out, make an appointment as soon as possible and bring your crown.
How to avoid a dental emergency
We can’t prevent all accidents, but we can try and avoid them when possible. Here are some ways to keep your teeth from harm:
• Wear a mouthguard when playing sports
• Avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels, and hard candy
• Wear a nightguard if you grind or clench your teeth while sleeping
• Don’t use your teeth to cut things – use scissors instead
• Brush, floss, and get regular cleanings and check-ups to catch problems/infections
before they cause pain
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