Just as you would suspect by its name, emergency dentistry addresses dental issues that require prompt or immediate attention.
Examples of dental emergencies that Johnson Ranch Family Dentistry and Orthodontics can address include:
In addition to these issues, you can seek out emergency dentistry with the practice for any kind of severe dental pain.
At Johnson Ranch Family Dentistry and Orthodontics, Dr. Hoopes strives to see emergency dentistry patients as quickly as possible. Typically, you can see him or another team member in under 20 minutes.
To streamline the process, Dr. Hoopes sets aside time every day for emergency visits. During your visit, Dr. Hoopes’ first priority is to alleviate your pain. He begins by conducting a quick assessment, and then he puts together a plan with his team to get you out of pain and keep you out of pain.
If you knock out your tooth, with some quick action and a trip to see Dr. Hoopes, you may be able to save it.
If you want to save your tooth, the first thing you should do is pick it up gently, and gingerly rinse it to remove dirt or debris. When you pick up the tooth, be careful not to touch its root portion, as doing so can easily disrupt the cells on its surface and prevent a successful reimplantation.
Next, if you can, set your tooth back into its socket and hold it in place by gently biting down on a piece of clean gauze or cloth, or by stabilizing it with your finger.
If your tooth doesn’t want to go back in the socket, all is not lost. Try holding the tooth between your gum and cheek, or put it in a small, sterile container filled with milk. Regardless of how you do it, the goal is to keep your tooth moist and safe until you can get to the dentist.
Remember, the faster you can get to Dr. Hoopes, the greater chance you have of saving your tooth.
No one plans for a dental emergency. Fortunately, Johnson Ranch Family Dentistry and Orthodontics is here to help you when you need it. To learn more about emergency dentistry or to book a same-day appointment, reach out to the practice online or over the phone today.