How To Address Your Dental Emergency

When you have a broken tooth, or an unexplained ache causing your pain, then you should consider scheduling a dental emergency visit. Our team can provide treatment to address your concerns and prevent complications from arising in the days and weeks to come. In today’s blog, your Cerritos, CA, dentist talks about recognizing and addressing common dental emergencies.

When to Call Our Team

When you sustain an injury to your teeth or gums that isn’t life threatening, then you should contact our team right away. Even if this occurs outside our normal business hours, call us and leave a message and we will get back to you quickly to arrange a time to see you and provide treatment. We don’t want your injury to lead to complications like tooth decay and infection, which can occur when a tooth is damaged and the sensitive inner structure exposed to harmful oral bacteria. If you have a chipped, cracked, or aching tooth, or one that is knocked loose or out, let us know right away. If a crown or filling is loose or lost, or a prosthetic compromised, this is also a dental emergency that needs immediate attention!

Steps to Ease Your Discomfort and Prevent Complications

You can take action to help limit your discomfort until you can see us for treatment. For example, you take an over-the-counter pain reliever. You should always rinse with warm water and use cloth or a bit of gauze to stem any bleeding. To avoid facial swelling, place a cold compress to the side of your face. If you can recover any broken pieces of your teeth, do so and bring them with you. If a tooth is knocked out, pick it up only by the crown, never touch the root, and place it in a sealed container of milk or salt water and bring it with you. If you have a prosthetic or restoration that is loose or lost, then avoid very hot or cold foods and drinks or items high in sugar, as the exposed tooth is very sensitive and vulnerable.

Treatment Options

Our team can often address damaged teeth with a custom crown, restoring bite balance and also taking care to ensure a lifelike appearance. We can replace a compromised or missing restoration, and even address prosthetics that have been damaged or lost, protecting the stability and health of your smile. If you have any questions about treating dental emergencies, then contact our team today to learn more.


Our team wants to help you enjoy a whole and attractive smile, even following an injured tooth. To learn more about our approach to emergency dental care, then call your Cerritos, CA dentist’s office at (562)584-4082!