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Life is unpredictable. No matter how carefully you may take care of your teeth, accidents can happen. Trips, falls, fender-benders, sports accidents; there is a chance that you may be involved as an accident that damages your smile. As soon as a dental emergency happens, you may feel a sense of panic. There may be pain, some blood, you may even be concerned that you may have to go through the rest of your life with a damaged or missing tooth.

First, don’t worry. Many dental offices, such as Calavera Hills Dental in Oceanside, California, understand that dental emergencies are a part of life, and are prepared to help you when such situations arise. You should give us a call at 760-842-5876 so we can get you in to see our dentist, Dr. Christopher Layton as soon as possible.

In the meantime, here are some things you can do to address the emergency until we can see you:

If you have had a tooth knocked out, rinse it, but do not handle the roots at any time. Try to replace it in the socket, and when it is in place, bite down very gently through a piece of gauze. If you cannot replace the tooth, place it in a glass of milk, a tooth preserving solution (which can be purchased over-the-counter) or hold it between your cheek and gum until you can see the dentist. If possible, you should try to get to the dentist within 30 minutes, however the tooth may be viable for up to two hours.

If you have a cracked tooth, you should see the dentist as soon as possible. You may not be able to see a crack, but if you feel pain or sensitivity, you should contact our office.  

A chipped tooth can be repaired by the dentist with a crown, a filling or a veneer.

If you lose a filling or crown, is not always an emergency, but you may experience pain or sensitivity with the increased exposure; and without your dental work, your tooth is not a strong as was with the crown or the filling. Clove oil or a topical pain reliever can make you feel better, and you can also hold the crown or filling in place with dental cement. Drug stores also sell temporary fillings. However, a temporary treatment is just that, and you should still see the dentist as soon as you can.

If you have a dental emergency, or if you just need a cleaning or exam, contact our office at 760-842-5876. We will be happy to help if an emergency arises, and we look forward to working with you to create a beautiful, healthy smile.