Emergencies are a special class of dental problems that require immediate treatment. If you are in severe pain, experiencing ongoing bleeding, or in need of saving a tooth, the doctors of Napa Family Dental can provide prompt and comprehensive care to relieve your pain and restore oral health. We offer two types of sedation (nitrous oxide and oral sedation) that can help you relax while we perform your emergency treatment.
What constitutes a dental emergency?
If you are in severe oral pain or worried that one or more of your teeth may be in imminent danger, we encourage you to take the matter seriously. If you have suffered trauma to the mouth and are experiencing significant discomfort and bleeding as a result, have someone drive you to our office. The earlier we can begin treating your tooth, the better your chances are of enjoying optimal oral health outcomes.
Common dental emergencies include:
- A loose tooth
- A knocked-out tooth
- Root canal infection
- Loose or missing restoration
Our office offers a cell phone for patients who need to report a dental emergency on the weekend. We also respond to Facebook and Google messages almost immediately. If you are unsure if your dental problem requires emergency treatment, please call our office at (505) 323-7700 and a member of our dental team will provide advice on how to handle your symptoms.
Emergency Treatment Options
Depending on the nature of your dental emergency, our office offers multiple treatment options.
One common cause of a dental emergency is a root canal infection. If bacteria reaches the inner pulp of your tooth, the infection can spread quickly and cause severe pain. After using local anesthesia and possibly sedation, one of our doctors can clean the inner chamber of your tooth before sealing your tooth with an inlay, onlay, or crown.
If you have experienced a knocked-out tooth, take care to not touch the root of your tooth. If the tooth is dirty, wash the lost tooth out and place it back in the socket if possible. Then, have someone drive you to our office or the nearest dentist within 30 minutes.
If your tooth is infected or decayed to the point where it must be removed, one of our doctors can provide safe and effective tooth extraction. Tooth extraction is far more comfortable than many patients expect. After local anesthesia and possibly sedation are used, one of our doctors will use a special tool to gently loosen and then extract your tooth.
Crowns, fillings, and other restorations can become loose for a number of reasons. We understand the embarrassment that can accompany a crown that has fallen out. Our doctors will work promptly to reattach the restoration or to provide you with a new filling or prosthetic. In some cases, you may need to be fitted with a temporary prosthetic while your final one is fabricated.
Schedule Your Emergency Visit Today
Dental emergencies are far more common than you might imagine. If you are in severe pain or experiencing uncontrolled bleeding from your mouth, our doctors will restore your oral health while keeping your comfort in mind. Not every office offers sedation dentistry. To report a possible dental emergency, call (505) 323-7700.