Nicole E Pagonis DDS
Dentistry in Los Gatos, CA

Critical Dental Emergencies That Mean You Should See Your Dentist Now

April 11, 2020
Posted By: Nicole E. Pagonis DDS Staff

Emergency dentistry typically involves common issues like toothaches, broken teeth, or lost crowns or fillings. All of these need attention as soon as possible because the earlier your dentist addresses them, the more options there are available for conservative treatment.

Your emergency dentist in Los Gatos wants to know about any concern you have or when you experience anything out of the ordinary with your oral health. But what problems are considered “true” dental emergencies, where you need to stop what you’re doing and seek treatment? 

Dental Emergencies That Require Immediate Treatment

A critical dental emergency is one that’s needed to relieve severe pain, save a tooth, or stop bleeding. 

Knocked-Out Tooth

The most critical of all emergencies is a knocked-out adult tooth. It is possible to re-implant the tooth in the first two hours or so, but after that, the odds of success start dropping. Call your dentist to let them know what’s going on. 

You must keep the tooth root moist until your dentist gets to it, so place it in a container of saliva, milk, or water, or hold it in your cheek pocket until you get to our office.

Severe Toothache

A mild, annoying toothache requires attention as soon as your dentist has an open appointment. But a severe, throbbing toothache that keeps you from functioning is a sign that you are in imminent danger of losing the tooth to advanced decay or severe infection. An abscess or infection can be life-threatening if not treated immediately.

Call Us for Emergency Dentistry in Los Gatos

At the office of Nicole Pagonis, DDS, we handle any dental emergency you’re experiencing. From toothaches, lost dental crowns, and chipped or broken teeth, to the critical emergencies mentioned above, we’re here for you when you need us most.

Call us at (408) 399-3920, so we can evaluate your needs and get you the care you need.

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