Dental emergencies


 Dental Emergencies

At the office of John G McAllister DDS Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Downey, California, we offer a 24 hour service for patients experiencing a dental emergency.  You can contact our office at 562-869-0928 and a live person will be there to help you with your problem.
Dental emergencies are inevitable, but there are often simple steps patients can take to increase the likelihood of a positive outcome.  While some situations are true emergencies, requiring immediate attention from a healthcare professional, others can be treated at home while waiting for an appointment with a dentist at the earliest time possible.
For a broken tooth, you should rinse the area surrounding the tooth immediately with warm water.  If swelling occurs, then use a cold compress to control it.  An appointment should me made as quickly as possible.  Fortunately, with our 24 hour emergency service, an appointment can be scheduled immediately.
If a tooth has been knocked out, you should retrieve it as soon as possible.  Start by rinsing the root with warm water, removing any dirt or debris.  Do not scrub or brush the tooth.  If possible, place the tooth back into the socket.  As a last resort, place the tooth in a cup of milk.  A knocked out tooth requires attention as soon as possible.  As such, you should use the dentist’s 24-hour service to make an appointment.
Toothaches are generally not an emergency situation.  The pain can become so severe, however, that patients may feel they need immediate attention.  To treat the discomfort of a toothache, start by rinsing out the mouth with warm water.  The gentle use of floss to remove any food debris which may be caught between teeth can also help to alleviate discomfort.  For pain, an over the counter painkiller such as Tylenol may be used.  Since toothaches are often symptomatic of other dental problems, it is best to contact a dentist and set up an appointment as soon as possible.
The majority of dentists make accommodations in their daily schedule to allow for accident patients to see them immediately.  A few practices, such as ours, even have a 24 hour care service available for our patients of record.  So there isn’t any reason why you shouldn’t receive the care you need.  When in doubt, contact the dentist.  They will help you to decide if a problem requires immediate care or if it can be postponed.  Seeking out treatment in a timely manner is often the difference between saving and losing a tooth.
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