Murphy Dental Group
Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in San Jose, 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. If you live in or near San Jose, California, visit Murphy Dental Group. Harjit Khehra, DDS and her team are here to take care of the emergency dental needs of everyone in your family. If you have a dental emergency, call the office closest to you, or use the convenient online booking system.
Emergency Dentist Q & A
What is an emergency dentist?
An emergency dentist addresses any dental problem that requires immediate treatment to stop ongoing tissue bleeding, alleviate severe pain, or save a tooth. Emergency dental situations usually involve saving knocked-out or broken teeth. Coming into Murphy Dental Group as soon as you can after your injury, preferably within 30 minutes, could mean the difference between saving and losing your injured tooth.
Are you in need of emergency dental care?
If you're worried about a severe mouth injury you or a family member has sustained, it's the right time to call an emergency dentist. Immediate treatment calls for immediate action. Some situations that are considered dental emergencies include:
- Knocked-out teeth
- A loose permanent tooth
- Extreme mouth or tooth pain
- Bleeding inside your mouth from your cheeks, tongue, or gums
- An injury to your face or mouth
- Swelling in your gums, tongue, or mouth
- A badly fractured or cracked tooth
- A cut or tear on your lips
Chipping a tooth in and of itself doesn't always warrant emergency dental care. If the tooth is chipped, but it doesn't appear as if you'll lose the tooth entirely, it's probably not a dental emergency. With that said, don't hesitate to speak with one of Murphy Dental Group's experienced dentists. They'll explain how to handle your tooth until you can visit the office.
What do I do with a knocked-out tooth?
Act quickly, and there's a good chance you can save a knocked-out tooth. If you don’t receive immediate dental care, there's a good chance you'll lose the tooth for good. In this situation, clean both the injured tooth and inside your mouth. Swish warm water around your mouth and rinse the tooth in warm water, being careful to avoid touching the tooth's roots.
Hold the tooth by the crown (the smooth white top part) as you rinse it. If possible, try to place it back into the socket in your gum where it came out. Close your mouth and bite down gently on the tooth, if you can. It might help to bite down on a soft piece of gauze until you can visit Murphy Dental Group. Call immediately, or have someone call for you to explain the situation.
If you are unable to place the tooth back into its socket, put your tooth in a small cup of milk to help preserve it until you get to the dental office. When you're facing a dental emergency, call Murphy Dental Group for expert assistance.