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My child’s tooth got knocked out? What should I do?First pick the tooth by the crown gently. Avoid touching the root of the tooth. Clean the tooth by gently wiping off any dirt from the tooth surface. Put it in a safe & clean container filled with milk or saline solution. You can also use water or even your child’s saliva to store the tooth. The idea is to keep the tooth moist and in a similar environment like the mouth. Call us as soon as possible for an appointment because this is a true emergency and time is of the essence.
My filling just came off. Do I need to see the dentist right away?It is always a good idea because leaving the bare tooth surface exposed to the oral environment for long time can cause further decay or pain. Sometimes fillings just come off, but a lot of times it means there is decay around that filling that caused the filling to come loose in the first place. In most cases Dr. Antonious will simply place a new filling. In some other cases when the remaining tooth structure is not sufficient enough to support a filling, he might need to restore a tooth with a crown. Occasionally Dr. Antonious might need to perform a root canal procedure if the decay has penetrated to the pulp of the tooth.
My denture broke in half. Should I super glue it?It is not advisable to super glue the broken parts together, as it isn’t uncommon for the patient not to align the broken parts of the denture correctly which makes it difficult if not impossible for Dr. Antonious to perform the required repair rendering the denture useless and a new denture will have to be made.
My front crown just came off. How can I temporarily put it back myself?It is advisable to see Dr. Antonious so he can put it back for you because most likely the inside of the crown and the surface of the tooth will have a remnant of the cement that was used initially to glue the crown. But if you are not able to see a dentist immediately, you can get over-the-counter cement/ adhesive, which you can use as per the manufacturer instructions. Use a small amount of glue, otherwise it will go into your gum and will be hard for you to clean without a dentist. Too much glue might also raise the crown up causing you pain on biting.
My tooth just broke in half. Can you still save it?On the first look, it might appear to you that your tooth is not savable, but there is a significant possibility of saving a broken tooth with the help of advanced dental technology. The exception will be if your tooth is broken down deep into the root structure. In that case, it will be advisable to have the tooth taken out. We recommend seeing Dr. Antonious as soon as possible as the tooth fracture can extend further down to the root rendering the tooth to become unsavable.
It’s midnight, I have a severe toothache. How can I get rid of pain?Over-the-counter painkillers might be your best bet right now considering that you are not allergic to that medication, it doesn’t contradict with any of your other health issues e.g. Stomach ulcers and there is no adverse drug interaction between the painkiller and any other medications you are taken. Please note that generally speaking, you should take pain medication on a full stomach. If your pain originates from the gum; brushing, flossing and the use of antiseptic oral rinses can help. Come see Dr. Antonious first thing in the morning as a painkiller is just a temporary fix for your pain. If in spite of the painkillers you are still in severe pain, your best approach will be to visit the emergency room.
My face is swollen up and my eyes are closing. Do I come to see you or go to ER?Visit an ER immediately if your eyes are closing up. Most likely, the ER physician will administer IV antibiotics, corticosteroids, and maybe some other medications too to get the infection that is threatening your eyesight under control. Post this treatment; see Dr. Antonious ASAP to treat underlying cause of the infection. Most likely you either have an infected tooth or teeth that need a root canal or extraction. Your infection could be also coming from an advanced gum disease that needs to be urgently addressed.
Dental Emergency Sunnyvale
If your emergency is life-threatening, dial 911 and notify emergency medical professionals immediately
Sunnyvale emergency dentist Dr. Nasser Antonious provides the following emergency dental services:
- When you visit our Sunnyvale Dental Care office for a dental emergency, we will immediately diagnose your problem
- Our Sunnyvale emergency dentist will thoroughly explain your treatment options
- For some dental emergencies, we will address your pain with prescription antibiotics and pain medication
- Our Sunnyvale Dental Care emergency dentist may also immediately apply local anesthesia to sooth the pain
- Dr. Nasser Antonious can also perform immediate tooth extractions, fillings, repair broken dentures and chipped teeth, recement dental crowns that have fallen off, drain painful abscesses, and stabilize other oral injuries
Knowing how to handle a dental emergency can mean the difference between saving or losing a tooth.
If your regular dentist is unavailable:
Sunnyvale emergency dentist Dr. Nasser Antonious can see you and get you out of pain or discomfort today. Sunnyvale Dental Care will then send your regular dentist a detailed report of your emergency dental visit, including your treatment and any dental x-rays taken.
If you don’t have a regular dentist:
The first priority of Sunnyvale emergency dentist Dr. Nasser Antonious is to get you out of pain. After your dental emergency has been addressed at Sunnyvale Dental Care, we can discuss longer-term care that may prevent future dental emergencies. Our caring and patient Sunnyvale emergency dental staff will teach you the latest techniques in oral care, and our Sunnyvale emergency dentist can provide tooth-colored fillings, dental crowns and bridges, and even dental implants, dentures, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and other restorative and cosmetic dentistry services.
Learn more about emergency dentistry when you visit Sunnyvale Dental Care. Call Sunnyvale Dentist Dr. Nasser Antonious at 408-720-0900/ TOLL-FREE 1-877-9DENTAL to schedule a consultation today!
Quick Reference For Adults
First, try to stick the tooth back in place and hold it there while you rush to see the dentist. If that’s impossible, put the tooth in a container of milk (or water if milk is not available) and take it and the patient to the dentist immediately.
To avoid further aggravating the damaged tooth, place a piece of soft wax into the area of the tooth that was chipped. You should eat only soft foods and try to avoid food and drink that are hot and cold to the touch.
If you find that your jaw hurts when it is moved or if you cannot close your mouth in a normal fashion, it is likely that you have fractured your jaw. Seek professional medical help at a hospital emergency room. The hospital will be able to treat your injury as well as advise you whether you need to make an appointment to see your dentist.
Biting or lacerating your tongue may cause inflammation and possible bleeding. Use ice or pressure to control the swelling or bleeding. Any swelling should subside within twenty-four hours. Contact your Dentist if the pain persists or the laceration is deep.
Slight bleeding after an extraction is normal. A clot will usually form within one hour. If bleeding continues, place a thick gauze pad over the extraction site. Apply pressure to the area to control the flow of blood. If bleeding still persists, you may try soaking a tea bag in water, placing it inside a thin gauze pad, and apply pressure for one hour. The tea leaves contain minerals which may aid in the clotting procedure.
Canker sores are those very small and painful sores which occur inside the mouth. They can be caused by stress, biting the inside of the mouth or by a reaction to certain foods. If you find that you have developed a canker sore on the inside of the mouth, apply an over-the-counter medicine like Orajel or Campho-Phenique. This will produce a bandage-like film over the sore.
An aching tooth is a very common dental emergency. A toothache is often a sign of infection in or around a tooth. Tylenol or aspirin can sometimes be effective in comforting pain. If there is a hole in the tooth, you may place Oil of Cloves on a small cotton pellet and place it in the site to relieve pain.
Pediatric Quick Reference
If your child has bitten his lip or tongue severely enough to cause bleeding, clean the bite gently with water and use a cold compress (a cold, wet towel or washcloth pressed firmly against the area) to reduce or avoid swelling. Give us a call to help determine how serious the bite is.
If your child has something caught between his teeth, use dental floss to gently remove it. Never use a metal, plastic, or sharp tool to remove a stuck object. If you are unable to remove the item with dental floss, give us a call.
If your child has chipped or broken a piece off of his tooth, have them rinse their mouth with warm water, then use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Try to locate and save the tooth fragment that broke off. Call us immediately.
If your child’s tooth has been knocked out of his mouth, find the tooth and rinse it with water (no soap), taking care to only touch the crown of the tooth (the part you can see when it’s in place). If you can, place the tooth back in its socket and hold it in place with a clean towel or cloth. If you can’t return the tooth to its socket, place it in a clean container with milk. In either case, call us immediately and/or head to the hospital. If you act quickly it’s possible to save the tooth.
If your child complains of a toothache, rinse their mouth with warm water and inspect their teeth to be sure there is nothing caught between them. If pain continues, use a cold compress to ease the pain. Do not apply heat or any kind of aspirin or topical pain reliever directly to the affected area, as this can cause damage to the gums. Children’s pain relievers may be taken orally. Schedule an appointment immediately.
If you know or suspect your child has sustained a broken jaw, use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Call our emergency number and/or head to the hospital immediately. In many cases a broken jaw is the result of a blow to the head. Severe blows to the head can be dangerous and even life-threatening.
You can help your child avoid dental emergencies. Child-proof your house to avoid falls. Don’t let your child chew on ice, popcorn kernels, or other hard foods. Always use car seats for young children and require seat belts for older children. And if your child plays contact sports, have him wear a mouthguard. Ask us about creating a custom-fitted mouthguard for your child. Finally, prevent toothaches with regular brushing, flossing, and visits to our office.