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Emergency Dentistry

Pacific Coast Smiles -  - General Dentist

Pacific Coast Smiles

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Santa Maria, CA

When you need it most, emergency dentistry can mean the difference between saving and losing your tooth. That’s why David Ouellet, DDS, and his dedicated team at Pacific Coast Smiles offer emergency dentistry services at their office in Santa Maria, California. To learn more about this service so you can be ready during a dental emergency, call the office or make an appointment online today.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What is emergency dentistry?

Emergency dentistry saves you a trip to the emergency room while ensuring you get the expert dental care you need after a traumatic mouth injury. You might need this type of dental care if you have a severely cracked or chipped tooth or your tooth gets knocked out altogether during:

  • A slip-and-fall accident
  • A sports injury
  • A car accident
  • Biting down on too-hard food

To repair your broken or otherwise traumatized tooth or teeth, the Pacific Coast Smiles team offers same-day service to address your dental emergency. That means you don’t spend time waiting in the emergency room. Instead, you can get dedicated care to save your tooth from the comfort of the Pacific Coast Smiles office. 

When should I seek emergency dentistry care?

Chipping or cracking a tooth is always an unpleasant — and often painful — experience. But not all tooth injuries are dental emergencies. If your tooth only sustained a small chip or crack, you can generally wait to visit Pacifi Coast Smiles until it’s convenient for you. Monitor the tooth, though, to ensure the damage doesn’t worsen. 

But if your tooth’s crack is severe or it’s been knocked out of your mouth completely, fast dental care is the key to saving the tooth. Get in touch with Pacific Coast Smiles right away to get the care you need.

What do I do if my tooth gets knocked out of my mouth?

Act fast. First, rinse your tooth gently. Avoid touching the roots and be careful not to drop it down the drain. Then, attempt to reposition the tooth in the socket. Apply gauze to the area and maintain a steady but not overly firm pressure on the tooth as you head to Pacific Coast Smiles. 

If you can’t reposition the tooth in the socket, put it in a container, cover it with your saliva or milk, and bring it with you to your emergency dentistry appointment. Applying gauze and pressure to the socket helps to minimize bleeding. 

Don’t wait until you need emergency dentistry care to understand how it works and where to find care. Call Pacific Coast Smiles or make your appointment online to talk with their dedicated team about emergency dentistry.