Dr. Cat & the Tooth Pediatric Dental Office
Catherine Guerrero, DMD
Pediatric Dentist located in Woodland Hills, CA
Knocked-out teeth, a mouth wound, or a cracked tooth are all emergency situations that should have you headed to an emergency dentist immediately. Dr. Cat & the Tooth Pediatric Dentistry's dental experts in Woodland Hills, California are ready to serve the emergency dental needs of your entire family. Call Dr. Catherine Guerrero, DMD and the team at the first sign of a dental emergency. You can also use the convenient online booking system to schedule your appointment.
Emergency Dentistry Q & A
What is emergency dental care?
An emergency dentist treats dental and mouth injuries that need immediate attention. A good many dental emergencies are situations that involve saving broken or knocked-out teeth. Making it to Dr. Cat & the Tooth Pediatric Dentistry within 30 minutes of your tooth or mouth injury could mean the difference between saving or losing the tooth.
Is it time to call an emergency dentist?
It's never a bad idea to find emergency dental care if you're concerned about a severe oral injury or condition for yourself or a member of your family. Common dental emergency situations include:
- Knocked-out teeth
- A loose permanent tooth
- Extreme mouth or tooth pain
- Bleeding inside your mouth from your tongue, gums, or cheeks
- Trauma to your mouth or face
- Uncomfortable swelling in your mouth, gums, or tongue
- A severely cracked or broken tooth
- A laceration or tear on your lips
If you chip a tooth, but it doesn’t appear as if you may lose the tooth entirely, it may not be a dental emergency. With that said, don't hesitate to speak with one of Dr. Cat & the Tooth Pediatric Dentistry's experienced dentists. They'll explain how to handle your tooth until you can visit the office.
What should I do when my tooth is knocked-out?
A knocked-out tooth is no laughing matter. It's one of the most severe dental emergencies. Put off going to the dentist and you could lose the tooth entirely. In this situation, clean both the injured tooth and inside your mouth. Rinse your mouth and tooth with lukewarm water. Avoid touching or holding the tooth's roots.
Hold the tooth by the crown (the smooth white top part) as you rinse it. If you can, hold the cleaned tooth by the crown and reinsert it into the empty socket. Try to gently bite down to keep your tooth in place until you can get to Dr. Cat & the Tooth Pediatric Dentistry. Call us right away to explain the situation, or have a loved one call for you.
What should you do if you can't put the tooth back in your mouth? The goal is to keep the tooth moist at all times. Put it in a cup of milk or in your mouth next to your cheek to help preserve it until you arrive at the dental office. Don't let a broken tooth prevent you from enjoying your smile. Call Dr. Cat & the Tooth Pediatric Dentistry for expert assistance in the event of a dental emergency.