Dental Emergencies in Santa Monica

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Dental emergencies can happen at the worst times – after office hours or on the weekend. At Santa Monica Bay Dental we understand this and are here for you with 24/7 service. Whether you experience a knocked out tooth, chipped tooth or extreme tooth pain, we are just a phone call away. Dental emergencies happen for a variety of reasons, whether sporting incidents, car accidents, or just a freak accident – you need to know what to do when this happens in order to save your tooth as well as minimize the panic that can occur with this type of emergency.

Before You Pick Up the Phone to Call Santa Monica Bay Dental, Take These Steps to Ensure That You Are Stable As Your Health Is of Utmost Importance:

  • Minimize any bleeding with a soft cloth and gentle pressure. Once you have the bleeding under control, rinse your mouth with lukewarm water to clean the area and to ensure that the bleeding has stopped.
  • Use a cold compress on the outside of your mouth in the area of pain and swelling to make yourself more comfortable.
  • If you chipped or fractured a tooth, try to find the fragments, placing them in a sterile cup to bring to our office.
  • If you are in extreme pain, take Ibuprofen to alleviate it.

Knocked Out Tooth
If a tooth was knocked out, find it immediately and hold it by the crown (not the roots). If you are able to place it back in the socket, do it immediately. If this is not possible whether due to the trauma or it is a child that is not old enough to hold the tooth in place, put the tooth in a cup of milk or salt water until you see us.

After you have stabilized yourself or someone else in your home, give us a call. We will help you determine what the next step needs to be following the emergency. Some situations, especially in the case of a knocked out tooth, will require you to be seen right away as time is of the essence to save the natural tooth. If it is not a true emergency, meaning that it can wait until regular office hours, we will give you guidance on how to remain pain-free and safe until you are able to get in to see us.

It is very important that you call us rather than going to the emergency room for your dental emergency. While it might seem like common sense to head to the ER for a cracked or knocked out tooth, especially if a lot of blood is present, they will not have the expertise necessary to help you in such a dire situation. Rather than heading to the ER, call us first. We will walk you through the steps to control the bleeding as well as inform you about what to do with any missing or cracked teeth. It is our goal to keep you safe and help you retain your natural teeth as much as possible.

You can reach us anytime at (310) 736-2277; do not hesitate to call!