Dental Emergencies

People can risk damaging their teeth or otherwise injuring their mouths while eating, playing, exercising, and participating in other seemingly harmless activities. For this reason, it's important to understand what to do in case of a dental emergency so repairs can be done when you are able to see a dentist.

What are dental emergencies?

Dental emergencies occur when your tooth breaks, cracks, becomes loose or is knocked out completely. Sometimes dental crowns come off.

How can dental emergencies be avoided?

Dental emergencies can be avoided by taking simple precautions, like wearing a mouth guard during sports activities and avoiding hard foods that may crack or break your teeth. Oral injuries are painful and should be treated by a dentist as soon as possible.

What should I do if a tooth is knocked out?

IIf your tooth is knocked out, immediately call our dentist in Sherman Oaks, Dr Burstein, for an emergency appointment. It is important to see your dentist within an hour of when your tooth is knocked out for the best chance of the tooth surviving the trauma. Handle the tooth by the crown/a> (the top), not by the root (the pointed part on the bottom). Touching the root of the tooth can damage cells that are necessary to reattach the tooth to the bone. Gently rinse the tooth in water to remove dirt. Do not scrub the tooth! It is best to store the tooth between the cheek and gum to keep it moist.

If it is not possible to store the tooth in the mouth, wrap the tooth in a clean cloth or gauze and immerse it in milk or saline solution (the solution used for contacts). If a baby tooth is knocked out, the tooth should not be replanted. The patient should be seen as soon as possible to make sure there are no remaining pieces of the tooth.

What if my tooth is pushed out of position?

IIf your tooth is loosened and pushed out of position, call your Sherman Oaks dentist right away for an emergency appointment. In the meantime, attempt to reposition it to its normal alignment using very light finger pressure—don't force it!

How should a chipped or fractured tooth be handled?/strong>

There are different types of tooth fractures. Chipped teeth are minor fractures. Moderate fractures include damage to the enamel, tissue, and/or pulp. Severe fractures usually mean that a tooth has been traumatized to the point that it cannot be recovered.

If you fracture a tooth, it is important that you rinse your mouth with warm water and use an ice pack or cold compress to reduce swelling. Take ibuprofen, not aspirin, for pain. Your dentist can smooth out minor fractures with a sandpaper disc. Alternatively, restorative procedures may be needed to fix the tooth.

If you wear dentures and a tooth breaks or chips, wear your spare dentures until you can visit your dentist. If you do not have a spare set or cannot get to the dentist's office soon, use heavy-duty, quick-drying "super" glue to glue the tooth or the piece of the tooth back into place. Keep in mind that this is only a temporary measure until your dentist can properly repair your tooth and should only be used for dentures! NEVER attempt to glue a natural tooth or part of a natural tooth back into place!

We recommend keeping a home dental emergency kit with the following:

  • Dentist's phone numbers (home and office)
  • Saline solution
  • Handkerchief
  • Gauze
  • Small container with lid
  • Ibuprofen (avoid Aspirin. Aspirin is an anti-coagulant, which may cause excessive bleeding in a dental emergency.)

If you have a dental emergency, please call our dentist’s office right away at (818) 906-1122. we will make our best to assist you right away. Or visit us at our Sherman Oaks dental practice at 14652 Ventura Blvd., #200 Sherman Oaks, CA 91403, our dentists will handle any dental emergency.