Emergency Dentistry

Santa Monica Bay Dental

Dentists located in Santa Monica, CA

Dental emergencies can occur at any time of day or night, including weekends and holidays. Residents of the Los Angeles area, have access to emergency dental services from the team at Santa Monica Bay Dental, located in Santa Monica, California. Learn more about emergency dentistry as well as preventive, restorative, and cosmetic care during a one-on-one consultation. Booking takes just moments online or over the phone.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What is emergency dentistry?

Emergency dentistry is an area of dental practice that addresses urgent dental needs. In most cases, dental problems can be resolved in a normal office visit during business hours. There are cases, however, when a dental need cannot wait and must be treated promptly. 

That’s where emergency dentistry comes in. The team at Santa Monica Bay Dental understands the stress and discomfort that accompanies a dental emergency and is dedicated to providing the care you need when you need it.

What qualifies as a dental emergency?

There are a number of dental needs that can be considered dental emergencies. You are encouraged to reach out by phone to discuss your needs and determine your next steps. 

Some issues that are considered dental emergencies include:

  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Fractured tooth
  • Large tooth chips
  • Swelling in your mouth or jawline
  • Painful abscess
  • Severe tooth pain
  • Damaged gums, cheeks, lips, or tongue
  • Dislodged crown or filling

If you’re in pain, or you are unsure if your condition requires emergency dental care, call the office to chart a course of action. 

How can I prevent a dental emergency?

Some dental emergencies cannot be prevented no matter how careful you are. An auto accident, sports injury, or even a simple slip and fall can damage one or more teeth. 

However, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of dental emergencies. This includes coming in for regular dental exams and professional cleanings. These visits identify areas of decay in the early stages when treatment can prevent advanced decay and significant pain. 

If you have gingivitis or advanced gum disease, take steps to improve the health of your gums. Inflamed gums can lead to a painful and potentially dangerous infection, which is a dental emergency. 

If you play sports or engage in high-risk fitness pursuits, invest in a mouth guard to protect your teeth from damage. Wear the proper protective gear for your injury, and be prepared to take swift action if a dental emergency arises. 

If you or a loved one experiences a dental emergency, call the Santa Monica Bay Dental office right away. Care is available during extended office hours and on a same-day basis, and dentists are on call during weekends and holidays to provide treatment and/or prescriptions as needed.