Dental Emergency Specialist

North Park Smiles

Family Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in North Park, San Diego, CA

A dental emergency can arise at any time of day, and it often occurs at the most inconvenient time. Having a dental team you know and trust can make a world of difference in how a dental emergency is resolved. Residents in the North Park area of San Diego and Chula Vista, California, can rely on Eduardo Díaz, DDS, and the team at North Park Smiles for emergency dental care. If you suffer a dental emergency, call the office right away to determine your next steps or to set up a same-day visit. Online scheduling is also available.

Dental Emergency Q&A

What is a dental emergency?

A dental emergency includes a set of dental needs that can’t wait until a regularly scheduled appointment. There are many kinds of dental emergencies, all with varying degrees of severity. 

Some examples of a dental emergency include:

  • Pain from advanced decay
  • An object lodged between your teeth or in your gums
  • Damage to the soft tissues of your mouth
  • A broken or chipped tooth
  • A knocked-out tooth
  • An abscess

Any time you experience damage to the soft or hard tissues in your mouth or are in significant pain, an emergency dentistry visit to North Park Smiles can offer relief. 

What should I do for a knocked-out tooth?

A knocked-out tooth is among the most common dental emergencies. Knowing how to respond can make the difference between losing or saving your tooth. 

Begin by locating the tooth and gently rinsing off any dirt or debris. Never wipe the tooth or use a strong stream of water, as there are living cells present on the tooth root.

If possible, place the tooth back into the empty socket. Bite down gently on a piece of gauze or clean fabric to hold the tooth into place. You can also place the tooth in the space between your gum and cheek. If you can’t hold the tooth in your mouth, place it in a small container and cover it with milk.

Call North Park Smiles right away to set up an emergency visit.

What can I do to prevent a dental emergency?

Not all emergencies can be prevented, but taking some simple steps can certainly lower your risk of certain types of dental emergencies. Scheduling regular dental exams is a great place to begin, as it allows North Park Smiles to check for signs of decay and address issues before they lead to pain. 

You can also reduce your risk of oral trauma by protecting your teeth from harm. Wear the proper protective gear when engaged in sports or fitness pursuits. That might mean wearing a mouthguard or a helmet. 

If you grind your teeth at night, consider investing in a night guard. These devices offer a custom fit and prevent you from grinding your teeth while you sleep.

Same-day emergency dental care at North Park Smiles is just a phone call away. Online booking is also available.