By Dr. Michael A. Kezian, DDS

Dental emergencies can be extremely frightening and very painful. Dr. Michael Kezian DDS, a Los Angeles Emergency Dentist and his staff want you to know the following things in order to handle your dental emergency in the best, most efficient manner.

            Is it urgent? If you’re having pain over the weekend and feel like you need to come in right away, it’s important to know if it’s something that can wait or needs to be taken care of right away. The general rule is, if you’re experiencing unbearable bleeding and pain that cannot be stopped and your dentist’s office is closed, you should go to the Emergency Room or Urgent care.

            What are examples of non-urgent dental emergencies? Lost fillings, crowns and dental bridges, broken or cracked teeth that are not causing you severe pain, food trapped between teeth, dull toothache and broken or damaged retainer, night-guard or prosthesis. Urgent dental emergencies include bleeding that doesn’t stop, loose and knocked out permanent teeth, an injured or dislocated jaw, painful swelling, and a painful toothache that doesn’t let you sleep or function.

            If you’re experiencing a dental emergency call a Los Angeles Emergency Dentist right away to schedule for Emergency Dental Care. Emergency dentists have emergency numbers if you need to come in during non-operating hours and will come in to help treat you with your Emergency Dental Care. If you are unable to contact The Larchmont Dental Associates for whatever reason, it’s important that you visit your local emergency room in the event of an urgent dental emergency to seek treatment.

             What should you do if you’re at home and have a dental emergency? Depending on the type of emergency you’re experiencing, there can be many things you can do to alleviate the pain. Most importantly, you must remain calm. When you’re scared and anxiety filled, your body triggers a number of responses in your body that make the emergency worse – Remaining calm while seeking help is your best bet!

Some at home remedies to ease pain until a dental professional can see you are gargling with warm salt water to reduce swelling, swishing your mouth with peroxide to help kill bacteria and flossing is also a great way to remove debris and food stuck in between restorations and gum tissue.           

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If you’ve knocked out your tooth, immediately place the tooth in a glass of milk until you can see your Emergency Dentist Los Angeles in order to keep it alive! If you’re experiencing gum abscess that looks red, clear, white or yellow, do not pop or drain it! Let your dental professional do that by scheduling an appointment with them. Brush and floss our teeth accordingly in that area. If you’re having a tooth ache, use the 3-3-3 method: taking three Motrin’s or Advil’s (600 mg total) three times a day for three days until your dental visit.

            To prevent further emergencies in the future it’s important to see your dental care professional at least once or twice a year to have your teeth checked out. Good oral hygiene like brushing, flossing is important to keep the oral tissues and teeth healthy. Dental emergencies are frightening – Knowing how to handle them can make the biggest difference and save you a lot of time, hassle and money. It’s important the contact the appropriate professional to get your Emergency Dental Care taken care of properly.

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