Emergency Dentist In Woodland Hills, CA
If you are having a dental emergency and need help, call our office now! (818) 225-9410
Don’t postpone a dental emergency often times if treatment is delayed it can lead to hospitalization and more severe medical complications.
With our equipment, experience and technology, we can diagnose your condition, perform multiple IN OFFICE procedures, administer antibiotics and anesthetics to get you out of pain in about an hour.
We can handle almost all dental emergencies and get you out of pain quickly.
After an examination and digital X-rays we will inform you of what options you have to relieve your pain or problem and get you back to your normal routine as soon as possible.
What Can we do for you IN OUR OFFICE to relive your pain or problem quickly?
- Administer ANTIBIOTICS.
- Administer ANESTHETICS to numb the area in pain.
- TOOTH EXTRACTIONS. Including most wisdom teeth.
- Repair or replace BROKEN TEETH.
- Drain an INFECTION and SWELLING. And irrigate with intraoral antibiotics.
- Complete ROOT CANAL or a temporary Root canal
- RECEMENT CROWNS, BRIDGE, or VENEERS.
- Fabricate TEMPORARY CROWNS, BRIDGES or VENEERS
- Repair IMPLANTS or broken screws
- REIMPLANT AVULSED TEETH. This is a tooth that has fallen out of the socket due to trauma. This procedure must be done in about 1-2 hrs from the time of trauma. Time is of the essence.
- Remove SHARP EDGES of broken teeth or dentures
- Repair a BROKEN DENTURE.
- Repair or replace a BROKEN DENTURE TOOTH.
- SPLINT teeth. Usually performed to stabilize loose and mobile teeth or avulsed teeth.
- Repair BROKEN intraoral RETAINORS and splints.
- Fabricate NIGHT GUARDS. May take 2 or more days to deliver.
- And more….
Note: Most Emergency dental procedures can be dealt with in an office setting, We check your vital signs, Take your temperature, Blood pressure and review your medical health history. If we feel that you may be medically at risk for in an office procedure, we will recommend that you go to the ER. This is not different than what any medical doctor or urgent care doctor would recommend you do. Our experience, training and education in dental procedures and emergencies helps us determine what is best for you. We can do this possibly better than what a medical doctor can do for you only because medical doctors, although highly knowledgable, they have less training and experience when it comes to dental/oral procedures.
Should you be confronted with a dental emergency, it is imperative that you contact your dentist and get treated immediately. Keep in mind, time is of the essence in most of these situations; delaying a much-needed dental appointment or treatment may lead to further complications and more expensive treatments.
We treat all of our patients with the same care and compassion and believe everyone deserves to smile.
USEFUL TIPS DURING DENTAL EMERGENCIES
In case of a dental emergency, it is imperative that you stay calm. Next, see an emergency dentist right away. Remember, dental emergencies, especially those involving trauma to the jaws, gums or teeth, demand immediate expert care and treatment. Delays in addressing these emergencies may lead to complications or permanent damage to the areas involved. Additionally, treating these cases later on can mean bigger expenses on your part as they would require costly treatments.
Tooth Pain Tips To Relieve
Here are some tips for common dental emergencies:
If your tooth has fallen out in one piece due to a traumatic injury if you can, try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. If that’s not possible, place it in between your cheek and gums or place in milk. If the tooth has debris rinse gently without touching the root in warm water or milk. Then, get to our office right away.
For a cracked tooth, immediately rinse the mouth with warm salt water to clean the area. Put cold compresses on the face to keep any swelling down.
If you bite your tongue or lip, clean the area gently with water and apply a cold compress.
For toothaches, rinse the mouth with warm salt water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss to remove any food caught between the teeth.
If your crown has fallen off, you need to see your dentist within 48 hours to have your crown evaluated and possibly re-cemented. Teeth with missing crowns can start to move out of their original position making it difficult to re-use the original crown.
PERICORONITIS – WISDOM TOOTH PAIN | INFECTION
An infection in your wisdom teeth can prove painful and even potentially dangerous.
Symptoms of a wisdom tooth infection
The most common sign of a wisdom tooth infection is pain in the area. In some cases, infected wisdom teeth may also cause pain in the entire jaw, neck and throat, as well as headaches.
Along with the pain, a wisdom tooth infection might also cause sore throats and swollen lymph glands just under the jaw. Swelling of the face and jaw, pus drainage and the presence of a bad smell or taste in your mouth are other common signs of infected wisdom teeth. You may also find it very difficult to chew or eat.
If you suspect that one of your wisdom teeth is infected, you should contact your dentist as soon as possible.
Your wisdom teeth can become infected primarily because of their position in the mouth.
They’re often very hard to reach with your toothbrush and floss, which means they’re frequently neglected or not properly cleaned. This can cause food, plaque and other debris to accumulate on and between the teeth, promoting bacteria growth.
Sometimes, a wisdom tooth doesn’t erupt fully. When this happens, the tooth may be covered partially with a flap of gum tissue, which can also trap food, plaque and bacteria, resulting in a wisdom tooth infection.
Child’s Baby Tooth: Chances of re-implanting a completely knocked out baby tooth are slim. The typical course of action for this case is to wait for the permanent tooth to grow.
Permanent Tooth: It is imperative that you see your dentist right away as delays decrease the chances of putting back the tooth. Typically, to successfully re-attach the tooth, the procedure must be done in an hour or two. However, here at Tarzana Dental Care, we have experienced success in putting back a knocked out tooth 24 hours later. It is important to note though that, apart from seeing the dentist right away, certain steps need to be observed to ensure the success of the procedure.
* First thing you should do is to stop any bleeding from the gums. To do this, rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it. Apply pressure on the area using gauze pads. Instead of using your fingers to apply pressure, you may opt to bite on the gauze. See your dentist immediately if bleeding doesn’t stop after 10 minutes. Meanwhile, to minimize swelling, apply something cold and compress on the affected area.
* Next step is to find the tooth. Only hold it by the crown. Try to put the tooth back into the socket by holding it gently in place and trying to bite down. However, the better option is to immerse the tooth in a glass of milk (or water with a pinch of salt) and let the dentist do the re-attachment procedure as soon as possible. Should the tooth or root be dirty, clean it but make sure you do not scrub it nor clear out any attached gum tissue on the root.
A chipped tooth is rarely a dental emergency. You may opt to see your dentist a few days after the incident. However, taking precautions, particularly being extra careful when chewing, is essential not to damage the tooth further. While a chipped tooth does not result in bleeding of the gums or tooth displacement, it may trigger an irritation in the tongue or cheek due to the chipped edges.
To remedy the problem, your dentist may try to restore the normal contour and protect the pulp of the tooth by placing a crown or dental filling on it.
CRACKED AND BROKEN TOOTH
Situations involving cracked or broken teeth are different. They are dental emergencies. When faced with this kind of situation, the first thing you must do is to stop any bleeding in the gums by rinsing your mouth with warm water and applying pressure on the area with clean gauze. If the incident is caused by facial trauma, apply something cold, and compress the affected area can lessen any swelling. Taking acetaminophen may be done to ease the pain.
In case of a broken tooth, locate the broken piece or pieces of the tooth and immediately put it in a glass of milk or water. See your dentist immediately! Remember, in this case, it’s not wise to delay your dental appointment especially if you experience sensitivity or pain. Oftentimes, sensitivity is an indication that there is an exposed root. When left untreated, this can result in root damage. Consequently, a damaged root would require a root canal therapy.
Using your finger and with very light pressure, try putting the tooth back in its original position. It is important not to force it, though. To keep the tooth from moving, you can bite down. See your dentist right away, preferably within six hours, for best results.
LOST FILLING OR CROWN
A lost filling may be accompanied by pain. This is due to ‘dental tubules’ or dental nerves being exposed and coming into contact with air. To relieve the pain, apply a little clove oil on the sensitive area. Placing an ice pack on the painful area may also help.
Meanwhile, if you still have the filling, put it in a safe place and bring it to your dentist. To rid yourself of discomfort, get a tooth wax or cement from the pharmacy and use it to fill the hole in your tooth.
For cases involving a dislodged crown, try to slip the crown back into its place until you see your dentist. How should you do it? Start by cleaning the inside of the crown and removing any debris present. Next, coat the crown’s inside with tooth dental cement (available in a pharmacy) and slip it back in place. Other alternatives to dental cement are denture adhesive and toothpaste. Do NOT use other household adhesives or glues. These products aren’t safe to put in your mouth and may damage the tooth and crown.
Keep in mind, the aforementioned things are just temporary solutions. It is still imperative that you see your dentist immediately when confronted with these situations.
Take the necessary steps to ensure that your mouth is clean. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Floss to get rid of any food lodged between the teeth or under the gum line. Take prescribed pain medications. If the ache persists, contact your dentist right away.
DEBRIS BETWEEN TEETH
This is usually easily resolved with the help of flossing. However, should your attempts to dislodge the debris fail, do not hesitate to enlist the help of your dentist.
EMERGENCIES INVOLVING THE GUMS AND SOFT TISSUES
BITTEN TONGUE, LIP OR CHEEK
A cut less than ¼ inch typically heals on its own. To ensure the healing of the affected area, you can rinse your mouth with warm salt water. This helps keep the mouth sanitize and prevents further problems brought about by bacteria getting into the sore area. Rinsing every 20-30 minutes on the first day is highly recommended. Continue rinsing as often as possible until the wound completely heals. Applying cold compress on the affected area may also minimize swelling.
On the other hand, it’s best to see your dentist immediately when faced with the following situations:
- the cut is bigger than ¼ inch
- bleeding on the affected area persists longer than 10 minutes
- biting into your tongue
- tooth gets lodged deeply into your lips or cheek
BURNED ROOF OF MOUTH
While sores and blisters resulting from eating very hot food typically heal on their own, they usually cause discomfort. To ease the pain, you can take acetaminophen. Another option is to apply a topical oral anesthetic on the affected area. To keep the area clean, rinse with warm salt water after every meal. If the sores or blisters do not heal after 10 days, give your dentist a call.
GUM PAIN, SWELLING, OR ABSCESS
Gum pain or swelling may indicate the presence of an abscess (infection) in the gum tissue or the tooth’s root and its surrounding areas. This condition should be brought to the attention of your dentist immediately as severe infection or abscess in the mouth can be life-threatening. Furthermore, identifying the underlying cause of the pain, swelling or abscess requires thorough dental examination.
A ruptured abscess is usually followed by a sudden flow of malodorous and foul-tasting fluid. Should you experience this, immediately rinse your mouth with warm water.
BROKEN BRACES OR WIRES STICKING OUT
Try to push the wire flat against the tooth with the help of a Q-tip or a pencil eraser. If repositioning the wire isn’t feasible, you can just opt to cover the end with dental/orthodontic wax which you can purchase over-the-counter at the pharmacy. Lastly, give your orthodontist a call.
LOOSE BRACKETS AND BANDS
Try to turn back any loose bracket into its normal position. For loose braces, you may temporarily re-attach them or minimize their movement using a small piece of dental/orthodontic wax. Problems involving loose bands are typically resolved by re-cementing or replacing them. It is important to note that, regardless of the actions you take in these situations, calling your orthodontist right away should remain on top your list.
LOST WIRE OR LIGATURE
Use sterile tweezers and attempt to put the rubber ligature back in place. Schedule an appointment with your orthodontist.
- PIECE OF DENTAL APPLIANCE SWALLOWED OR INHALED
- Seek immediate medical intervention. Go to the hospital emergency room and get treated!
- FOOD TRAPPED BETWEEN TEETH
- This is not a dental emergency and can easily be resolved with the help of a dental floss, a toothpick or an interproximal brush.
- FRACTURED DENTURE
A fractured denture may not be associated with any significant pain; but it can be considered an emergency if you can’t eat or if it is aesthetically disfiguring. Our in house lab here at Tarzana Dental Care can repair your broken denture the same day in just a few hours.
Any trauma to the jaw that involves pain, swelling and inability to open the mouth, misaligned bite (possible jaw fracture) is a dental emergency which merits immediate attention. Hence, if you suffer any jaw trauma, it’s imperative that you see your dentist as soon as possible. If it’s a case of a broken jaw, it is important that you secure your jaw in place. You can do this by tying a towel, handkerchief or any piece of cloth around the jaw and over the top of your head. To control any bleeding and/or swelling, place ice pack on your face near the affected area for not more than 20 minutes at a time.
At Woodland Hills Cosmetic and Family Dentistry will take a panoramic x-ray of the entire jaw to look for any cracks. Also expect an oral surgeon on standby. A jaw fracture would require an oral surgeon’s attention to possibly stabilize the jaw by wiring the upper and lower jaw together this may include possible hospitalization.
OTHER DENTAL EMERGENCIES
There are various causes of dental-related pain with the common culprits being infection, debris lodged under the gum line, cracked or broken tooth or dislodged crown or filling. Determining the underlying cause of the severe pain necessitates a thorough dental examination. So, set an appointment with your dentist right away. Meanwhile, to temporarily ease the pain, you can take acetaminophen. Do NOT use aspirin or ibuprofen as they can cause excessive bleeding. Applying ice on the affected area for 10-20 minutes may also soothe the pain.
When you have a dental emergency, it’s important that you see your dentist or visit an emergency room as soon as possible.
Woodland Hills Cosmetic, Implant, Specialty and General Dentistry
Specialized in crowns, teeth whitening, invisalign, porcelain veneers and dental implants. Call (818) 225-9410 for $59.00 XRay, Exam, Cleaning. We are currently accepting new patients, and all in network PPO insurance accepted. In House Discount Plan available for patients with no insurance. Please see at the end of this article for special offers.
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Emergency Dentist Woodland Hills, CA
There are many reasons that patients throughout Woodland Hills and surrounding areas need an emergency dentist. We have found that a dental emergency can strike at any time. Dr. Sanaz yousefi and our staff at Woodland Hills Cosmetic and Family Dentistry will try to accommodate any last minute appointment requests so that you, our patient, doesn’t have to live with oral pain. If you have a toothache or a major dental emergency, call (818) 225-9410 right away. We offer extended hours as needed and will do our best to get you treated immediately.
Do I need emergency dentistry in Woodland Hills, CA and surrounding areas? Call us if…
- Toothache – Did you brush, rinse and floss and it still hurts.
- Tooth Knocked Out
- Gum/Tongue/Cheek Injuries – If bleeding will not stop.
- Broken/Loose Braces – Call your orthodontist immediately.
- Chipped/Broken Teeth – If the chip is significant or your tooth is cracked or your tooth is in pieces.
- Lost Filling/Crown
- Tooth Loose
Reasons for Needing an Emergency Dental Visit
The American Dental Association reported that the number one cause of adult tooth damage every year is playing sports. This spans all types of athletics and creates the need for emergency appointments throughout Woodland Hills and greater San Fernando Valley areas. Most adults don’t have the time to play for an organized league, even a casual one. This means that even a backyard game of basketball can lead to a tooth being damaged or knocked out. The same holds true for kids playing sports throughout the 91364 area. There are ways to protect yourself like wearing a mouth guard but when an emergency strikes call (818) 225-9410
Car accidents are another leading cause of tooth injury. While the enamel on your teeth is strong, it may not be strong enough to prevent your tooth from breaking when colliding with the steering wheel. With millions of accidents a year, teeth are a common victim. We recommend that patients of Woodland Hills Dentistry get examined at a local emergency room after being in a car accident, just to make sure that they haven’t sustained any physical injuries. Afterwards, patients in the San Fernando Valley area should call for a dentist appointment. The emergency room does not treat tooth damage, so you will need to see both types of medical providers.
WOODLAND HILLS, CA EMERGENCY DENTIST
Severe and sudden toothaches are another reason people in Woodland Hills end up needing an emergency dentist. Dr. Yousefi is an expert at examining teeth and determining what is causing the pain. It may be a little cavity that grew into a big one and now requires a root canal. Another possibility is gum disease which can cause the gums to recede, leaving the tooth and roots exposed. Both can lead to intense pain and require emergency treatment. We don’t want patients of Woodland Hills Dentistry to experience oral pain and will do our best to treat you right away so that you can remain comfortable.
If a tooth infection is left untreated for a long period of time, it can lead to a dental abscess. This is extremely painful. An abscess is a major tooth infection that can settle into your jawbone and the floor of your mouth. If it does, oral surgery may be necessary in order to remove the infection. We can let you know if we see an abscess during your dental exam with Dr. Yousefi
99% of dental related emergency room trips could have been handled by an emergency dental office for a fraction of the cost.
How can I relieve dental pain while waiting for an emergency dental appointment?
We help people throughout the 91364 to stay comfortable and live a life that is pain-free. If you come into our Woodland Hills dental offices in pain, we will identify what is creating the issue and the treatment options available for dealing with it. Often, we will also prescribe medication to help with the pain. This can prevent you from feeling discomfort while your tooth is being treated and at home. You may also want to apply a cold compress or ice pack to the area in order to reduce or prevent swelling.
When a tooth has fallen out…
If your tooth has been knocked out, try to find it. Once located, rinse the tooth under warm water without scrubbing it. Next, place it in a cup of milk and bring it with you to your dental appointment. We will try to save the tooth, if possible. If not, Dr. Yousefi will discuss options for replacing the tooth. This may include dentures, a dental bridge or dental implants.
72% of Americans have some type of restorative dental work. 23% of all dental emergencies are related to the restorations.
When a tooth is broken…
It is common for people to damage a tooth while playing sports or getting into a car accident. It is likely that the tooth will become cracked or chipped. As long as the tooth structure remains in place, it can typically be corrected using cosmetic dentistry. There are multiple ways that we restore teeth in Woodland Hills, California. Some of which include dental veneers and a dental crown. Both are excellent options and can restore your tooth to full functionality while keeping it natural looking. As an emergency dental facility in San Fernando Valley, we can provide you with information on what your options are and the best way to restore your tooth while achieving the goals that you have for your smile. To schedule an appointment, call (818) 225-9410
When a tooth is infected…
As an emergency dentist in Woodland Hills, we will assess the situation and inform you of what is infected and the best way to treat it quickly. Our job is to keep you comfortable, healthy and pain-free. Patients throughout San Fernando Valley trust us to remove infections and keep their teeth and gums in excellent oral health. Whether fixing a general cavity or treating a dental abscess, we make it possible for a tooth to be free from infection and pain. Dr. Yousefi is an expert at resolving the issue in a way that keeps patients comfortable during any necessary procedures.
How can an emergency dentist help me in Woodland Hills and surrounding areas?
At Woodland Hills Dentistry we strive to keep our patients comfortable and free from injury or pain. As such, we are cognizant of the fact that most dental emergencies are unplanned and may not happen during normal business hours. If your tooth has been damaged or you are in pain, call (818) 225-9410 right away so that we can schedule your appointment and treat the issue quickly. Our friendly staff will do our best to accommodate your schedule and ensure that you can get back to a life that is free from oral pain. While many dentists, require you to schedule appointments far in advance – our staff will work with you in each situation to get you treated right away. You can also help to avoid dental emergencies by having your teeth cleaned twice a year and maintaining healthy diet year-round.
There is a much higher rate of emergency dental visits in families with annual incomes less than $35k. Don’t let the cost of care get in the way of your oral health, call us for financing options.
EMERGENCY DENTIST FAQ
Q: What should I do if my child’s permanent tooth is knocked out?
A: Find the tooth and rinse it gently in cool water. (Do not scrub or clean it with soap — use only water!) If possible, replace the tooth in the socket immediately and hold it there with clean gauze or a wash cloth. If you can’t put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container with cold milk, saliva or water. Get to the Emergency Dentist immediately. (Call the emergency number if it’s after hours.) The faster you act, the better your chances of saving the tooth.
Q: What should I do if my child’s baby tooth is knocked out?
A: Contact your emergency dental office as soon as possible. The baby tooth should not be replanted because of the potential for subsequent damage to the developing permanent tooth.
Q: What if a tooth is chipped or fractured?
A: Contact your Dentist immediately. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling if the lip also was injured. If you can find the broken tooth fragment, place it in cold milk or water and bring it with you to the dental office.
Q: What about a severe blow to the head or jaw fracture?
A: You need immediate medical attention. Keep in mind that an emergency medical team might be able to reach you faster than you can get to the hospital. A severe head injury can be life-threatening.
Q: What if my child has a toothache?
A: Call our office immediately. Over-the-counter children’s pain medication, dosed according to your child’s weight and age, might ease the symptoms. You may apply a cold compress or ice wrapped in a cloth to the face in the area of the pain, but do not put heat or aspirin on the sore area.
88% of all emergency dental visits could have been prevented by routine care.
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