Crystal Dental of Fresno
General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Fresno, CA
Even if you take every precaution in the book, a dental emergency can happen at any time and require immediate care. At Crystal Dental of Fresno in Fresno, California, Diana Correa-Velosa, DDS, and her team provide emergency dental care for traumatic injuries, chronic diseases, severe tooth pain, and more. To find out more about emergency dentistry, call Crystal Dental of Fresno or request an appointment online today.
Emergency Dentistry Q&A
What is emergency dentistry?
Emergency dentistry is the branch of dentistry reserved for injuries and illnesses that need immediate care or repairs. At Crystal Dental of Fresno, the team encourages you to call 911 or go straight to the emergency room if you have a life-threatening or severe injury. However, if your emergency threatens your oral health, the team can provide you with emergency care at Crystal Dental of Fresno.
Dental emergencies can be linked to accidents, falls, impact, or diseases. Even if you take all of the proper prevention steps, a dental emergency can happen unexpectedly and catch you off-guard. It’s important to contact an expert right away if an emergency compromises your teeth or gums.
What are some common dental emergencies?
The team at Crystal Dental of Fresno treats a wide range of dental emergencies. They can be split into these four categories:
If you knock out a tooth or it breaks into pieces after impact, you should try and keep the tooth or its pieces safe until you can get emergency care at Crystal Dental of Fresno. You might be able to save your original tooth if you avoid touching the root, clean it, and hold it in its socket, or your mouth until you can get to the office.
Severe or persistent tooth pain constitutes a dental emergency. The pain might be from tooth decay or damaged pulp, which requires a root canal for treatment. Getting immediate treatment for tooth pain can prevent you from eventually losing the tooth.
During an accident or fall, the soft tissues in your mouth can be damaged. If this happens, you should rinse your mouth with saltwater before visiting Crystal Dental of Fresno for emergency care. They can also treat you with emergency care if an object gets lodged under your gums or if you have advanced gum disease.
If you have braces and one of them breaks off, or if you get a mouth injury while you have braces, the team at Crystal Dental of Fresno can provide the care you need.
How can I prevent a dental emergency in the future?
Dental emergencies are rarely predictable, but there are a few steps you can take to minimize your chances of needing emergency dental care. You can prevent an accident by:
- Wearing a mouthguard while playing contact sports
- Using scissors, pliers, and other tools instead of your teeth
- Avoiding solid objects like ice cubes or jawbreakers
You can avoid oral health emergencies like advanced periodontitis by brushing daily, flossing once a day, and attending all of your regular exams and cleanings at Crystal Dental of Fresno.
In the event of a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to call Crystal Dental of Fresno, or you can request an appointment online.