What NOT to Do in a Dental Emergency

Dental emergencies are never convenient, and they tend to occur when you least expect them. If you’ve been injured or one of your teeth is damaged, it’s important that you know what to do to get the help you need from a qualified emergency dentist.

To help you avoid some common mistakes that patients make when experiencing dental emergencies, the team at Origin Dental has put together this quick reference guide:

1. Never Ignore Your Pain And Hope It Goes Away On Its Own

This is a mistake that a lot of people make. After a minor dental injury, or after noticing an issue like a toothache, many patients ignore their pain or try to treat it on their own, hoping it will go away.

This is a bad idea because tooth pain happens for a reason. If you are in pain, your tooth is most likely damaged and at risk of infection. If you don’t get treatment from an experienced dentist, such as Dr. Tran, your pain will only get worse, and you could eventually lose your tooth.

2. Don’t Assume Your Condition Doesn’t Count As A Dental Emergency

Never assume that your issue isn’t a dental emergency. Dental emergencies include things like knocked-out and loose teeth, and other types of impact or trauma-related tooth problems.

However, a toothache also counts as a dental emergency. Loose or damaged dental work also constitutes an emergency. As a general rule, any oral health problem that’s causing you pain or discomfort should be looked at immediately.

3. Don’t Wait To Call The Dentist – Get Help Immediately!

As soon as you experience an oral injury or another type of dental emergency in La Jolla, UTC, Sorrento Valley, or elsewhere in San Diego, you should contact Dr. Tran at Origin Dental right away.

For the best results, to save your tooth, and to minimize your pain and discomfort, it’s important to get treatment as soon as you can. We offer same-day and walk-in appointments for our patients to ensure that you get the treatment you need to stay healthy.

4. Avoid Going To The Emergency Room

Although oral injuries can be very painful and uncomfortable, they are very rarely life-threatening. Avoid going to the ER unless you are experiencing severe bleeding that does not stop after a few hours, or if you have suffered additional trauma to your head and neck.

In most cases,the ER will simply refer you to a nearby emergency dentist. This means that in most cases, going to an experienced emergency dentist first is the best way to save both time and money.

Origin Dental – Experienced, Caring Emergency Dentistry

At Origin Dental, Dr. Tran is an experienced restorative dentist, and can treat all types of dental emergencies from minor tooth chips and toothaches and avulsed teeth. At our office, we offer top quality care in a comfortable environment, and with sedation dentistry available, we do everything we can to reduce your pain and discomfort, and treat your dental emergency as quickly as we can.

Contact us at (858) 264-2555 to let us know that you’re coming in, or walk-in for an appointment at 9200 Scranton Road, Suite 101, San Diego, CA 92121. We’ll do our best to fit you in as soon as we can.

Enjoy a pain-free visit with sedation dentistry.