You and your friends have finally found a time to get together for lunch. You’ve been looking forward to this all week. It’s been so long since you’ve all been in the same place at the same time.
You fix yourself some cold lemonade as you sit down to shoot the breeze. As you take your final sips, you decide to take a small bite of a piece of ice.
You quickly realize that was a mistake. Something has happened. Your tooth is aching, so you head to the nearest restroom to look in the mirror. You aren’t bleeding (thankfully), but your tooth appears to be cracked.
Still, you need emergency dental care.
You should seek help right away. In San Diego, CA, you can and should call 858-762-9991 to reach the office of Brian Davey, DDS. We make every effort to see patients on the same day they call seeking emergency treatment.
End Your Pain
That cracked tooth may be painful enough on its own, but it also creates an opportunity for a tooth infection. You want to avoid that if at all possible, and we want to help.
Biting or chewing with a cracked tooth can make the pain worse, plus it can deepen the crack. If the pain is constant, it’s possible that you may have harmed a nerve inside the tooth. Either way, we can help you solve the problem and end your pain.
We make every effort to correct your problem in a single dental visit, although the particulars of your situation may call for multiple appointments.
The initial goal is to end your pain. You can take an over-the-counter pain medication to ease your symptoms.
At our office, one of our doctors will examine your tooth and recommend what to do next.
In some cases, you may just need one of our CEREC same-day dental crowns. In other situations, it may be necessary to complete a root canal treatment. Please know that we have dental sedation options to keep you pain-free during your care.
In a worst-case scenario, a cracked tooth may have to be removed. If so, we can discuss replacement options at that time.
No matter what, you can call us to get relief from your pain and to restore your tooth to its best condition.
Cracked teeth are just one example of a dental emergency. Other common problems that call for emergency care include:
- Broken teeth
- Knocked-out teeth
- Loose teeth
Take Steps to Prevent Problems
You can’t anticipate every possible oral health emergency. However, you can take steps to reduce your risk of many issues with preventive care.
Regular dental cleanings and exams along with brushing and flossing daily can help you avoid toothaches and tooth infections. Wearing protective athletic mouthguards can prevent many dental injuries while playing sports. We can make these for you and your favorite little athletes as part of our family dentistry.
To contact the office of Brian Davey, DDS, for emergency or preventive care, please call 858-762-9991 to meet with us.