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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
Dental emergencies can happen at the most inopportune time. While some dental emergencies can wait for treatment, others require immediate attention. Eating, sleeping, and everyday activities can become very difficult while waiting for treatment. A dental injury, accident, broken tooth, or sudden throbbing toothache can happen to anyone. Sunnyvale emergency dentist Dr. Antonious is available to help.
What will Happen When You Visit Sunnyvale Dental Care Emergency Center
When you visit our Sunnyvale Dental Care Emergency Center for a dental emergency, we will immediately diagnose your problem. Our Sunnyvale emergency dentist Dr. Antonious will thoroughly explain your treatment options. For some dental emergencies, we will address your pain with prescription antibiotics and pain medication
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.
Knowing how to handle a dental emergency can mean the difference between saving or losing a tooth.
What Are Some Causes of Dental Emergencies?
With our busy schedules, it is easy to put off dental treatment. A small to moderate area of decay when left untreated can grow into a large area of decay. A large cavity that is deep within a tooth can be very sensitive. Fear also prevents some people from seeking dental care. This is not advisable because allowing long periods of time to pass between dental visits can result in tooth decay, infection, periodontal disease and pain. That is why it is important to find a gentle dentist that you can be comfortable seeing on a regular basis. Putting off dental care can also result in more costly treatment.
Patients who receive routine dental examinations and cleanings are not immune to dental emergencies. A dental emergency can result from trauma such as an accidental fall, sports injury, or automobile accident. Even the simple acts of biting and chewing can cause a compromised tooth to break. Our Sunnyvale Dental emergency office is committed to helping patients get out of pain and on with their lives.
What Are Some Possible Dental Emergencies?
Over time, silver amalgam, composite, and gold fillings can become loose and out. This can result in tooth sensitivity and/or sharp areas that can scratch the cheek, lips, or tongue. Food can also become impacted in this area. If there is minimal or no decay present and there is sufficient tooth and bone support, a new filling or buildup and crown may be placed. The tooth should be restored as soon as possible to avoid damaging it further.
Avulsion (knocked out teeth):
Having a tooth knocked out is an emergency that must be dealt with as soon as possible. In some cases it is possible to re-insert a tooth that has been knocked out. A splint is frequently used to stabilize the tooth while it heals.
Participating in contact sports such as baseball, basketball, football, hockey, or any sport can increase the chance of a dental emergency. Even activities such as bike riding, horseback riding, diving, or jumping on a trampoline may lead to dental trauma. Sports related dental trauma includes lacerations, tongue bites, and knocked out teeth. An impression can be taken for a custom athletic mouth guard that may offer some protection from sports related dental injuries.
Fracturing a tooth is a very unpleasant experience. You may worry that the tooth cannot be saved. A fractured tooth located in the front of the mouth may be embarrassing. Trauma may cause a tooth to fracture. Teeth with large silver amalgam or composite fillings that aren’t protected by a crown may fracture. Tooth decay can severely weaken a tooth and cause it to fracture. Clinching and grinding the teeth has caused many teeth to fracture. Stress or deep concentration causes some people to clinch or grind their teeth. Many people clinch and grind their teeth in their sleep. Night guards or occlusal guards may be worn to protect the teeth from damage. Occlusal guards are worn over the top or bottom teeth, and may fit over all of the teeth on the arch, or over the front teeth. Opening items with the teeth, and chewing on hard things like jaw breakers, ice, and pens could also lead to fractures and should be avoided. Teeth that fracture below the gum or down the root may not be restorable. If the tooth has to be extracted, Dr. Antonious will explain to you all of the options available to replace the tooth. Some restorative treatments are implants, partial dentures, and bridges. A tooth that fractures in a way that exposes the nerve of the tooth may need a root canal before the tooth can be restored.
Wisdom teeth are the final teeth to erupt in the mouth. They typically erupt during the late teens or early twenties. Because they are so far back in the mouth, they can be difficult to clean which may make them more susceptible to decay. If the decay is left untreated, the tooth could become infected. Wisdom teeth may grow in at an angle which may cause pressure on the adjacent teeth. When wisdom teeth are problematic, extraction may be recommended. Anesthetic will be administered before the extraction. You may feel pressure during the extraction, but you shouldn’t feel any pain. It is important to follow all of the post-operative instructions to prevent a dry socket or other complications that could cause a delay in healing.
A dental abscess or infection can cause severe throbbing or aching pain, swelling, difficulty eating, and bad breath. A dental abscess may also adversely affect other areas of the body. An antibiotic is sometimes prescribed to treat a dental abscess. Taking an antibiotic for a dental abscess is a temporary solution. The infection will eventually return if the cause is not treated. When an abscessed tooth is restorable, it may be treated with root canal therapy. This is a treatment that Dr. Antonious performs frequently. In some instances, he may recommend a few days of antibiotics before starting the root canal. This is done to reduce infection and make you more comfortable during the root canal procedure. A crown may be recommended following root canal therapy to strengthen the tooth. If an abscessed tooth is not restorable it may need to be extracted. Dr. Antonious has many years of experience in extracting teeth.
Toothaches are a very common dental emergency. Most people experience at least one toothache during their lifetime. An x-ray may be taken and tests done to identify the cause of the toothache before proceeding with treatment.
Sometimes artificial teeth can dislodge from a full or partial denture. It is also possible to fracture the base material or clasps. Although this situation may not be painful, it is still important to repair damaged full or partial dentures so they can function properly. Some denture repairs can be done in the dental office, while other repairs may need to be done in a dental lab.
Physical injuries inside or around the mouth such as cuts, sores and abrasions may frequently be treated in a dental office. Severe lacerations may require treatment at a medical facility.
Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ) pain, popping, and clicking can be caused by several factors including clinching, grinding, poor teeth alignment, and trauma. Once the cause has been identified the symptoms can be treated.
Decay, fracture, or a weakened cement bond may cause a crown to become loose. If no decay is present it is sometimes possible to simply re-cement the crown. If there is decay or the tooth is fractured but restorable, a new crown may need to be made.
It can be very startling to see blood in the sink or on your toothbrush. Hormonal changes during pregnancy, infection, poor oral hygiene, and improper brushing and flossing are some of the causes of bleeding gums.
Where Can I Go For Emergency Dental Care?
Many patients who go to a medical facility for a dental emergency are referred to a dentist because medical doctors do not have the same training and equipment needed to treat dental problems. Most dental emergencies can be treated more thoroughly and more economically in a well-equipped dental clinic than they can be treated in an urgent care facility or hospital emergency room.
There may be several options available to treat your dental problem. Sunnyvale emergency dentist Dr. Antonious will present to you every possible treatment option. He will explain the pros and cons for each option and provide the best possible care. If you are covered by dental insurance, the front office team at the Sunnyvale Dental Care Emergency Center will also help you understand your insurance coverage, and submit your dental claim for you.
The Sunnyvale Dental Care emergency practice provides gentle quality dental care to the residents of Sunnyvale and the surrounding area. We have extended hours that allow us to accommodate patients with busy schedules. Please contact the Sunnyvale Dental Care emergency clinic at (408)-720-0900 to schedule an appointment the next time you or someone you love are experiencing a dental emergency. If you don’t have a regular dentist and wish to continue with us, our friendly and knowledgeable staff would be happy to see you for non-emergency dental care as well.
Our Office Hours:
Monday: 10 am to 7 pm
Tuesday: 9 am to 6 pm
Wednesday: 10 am to 7 pm
Thursday: 10 am to 7 pm
Friday: 8 am to 5 pm
Saturday and Sunday: Available for dental emergencies by appointment only
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.