Dental emergencies can happen at any time, and getting prompt care is essential for preventing additional damage. Expert cosmetic and family dentist So Young Park, DDS, has extensive experience in emergency dentistry treatments aimed at relieving pain and other symptoms for patients at her practice in the Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose, California. If you find yourself in a dental emergency, you call the office for a same-day appointment.
An emergency dentist is skilled in an array of emergency and urgent care issues, including issues that cause pain or other symptoms or that interfere with the normal function of the teeth, jaws, or mouth. Some of the most common emergency dentistry issues include:
Contacting Dr. Park as soon as possible when you find yourself in a dental emergency is crucial in order to minimize further damage.
Healthy adult teeth that are knocked out often can be replaced if emergency care is sought immediately – without delay. After calling the office, rinse the tooth gently to remove any debris, then try to place it back in the socket. If that’s not possible, place it between the cheek and gum or in a glass of milk or water. Be careful not to touch the root, which can be easily damaged and prevent replantation. Then head to the office or emergency room for treatment.
One of the best ways to prevent emergencies is to make sure teeth and gums stay strong and healthy. Regular brushing and flossing and routine professional cleanings help keep teeth and gums in their best shape so they’re more able to ward off some types of damage. It’s also important to have any minor issues corrected as soon as possible to prevent these issues from developing into emergencies. Wearing a mouthguard during sports can prevent many accidents, and it’s important not to use teeth as tools to pry or open items.
Treatment will depend on the issue that’s being treated and can include fillings, root canals, crowns, or other procedures to restore or replace damaged bridges, dentures, or implants. Some more severe issues may require oral surgery to correct. Each treatment plan will be created based on the needs of the patient to relieve pain and other symptoms and restore normal function and aesthetics.
Dr. Park is available for emergency calls when you find yourself in need of immediate dental treatment. Call the office for a same-day appointment with the team.