4700 Spring St., Suite 210
La Mesa, CA 91941

(619) 464-2801

Emergency Info

Tricks & Tips

Smilehaven Dental Center offers quality dental care for children, teens and adults in the La Mesa, CA area. Our dentist, Dr. Stephen Chan provides general dental services and also specializes in cosmetic and holistic dentistry. He works with our highly trained dental staff to ensure that all our patients receive the best possible care to enhance and maintain optimal oral health. We know that oral and dental related emergencies happen. Continue reading for some tips on how to address a dental emergency before coming into seek professional help.

Common Oral & Dental Emergency Tips

Emergencies can cause the feeling of uncertainty, fear and urgency. Below are a few common oral and dental emergencies that occur with a few tips on how to tackle it on your own before contacting our La Mesa dental office.

  • Tooth Ache: Begin by cleaning around the sore tooth meticulously. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between teeth. Under no circumstances should you use aspirin on the aching tooth or on the gum. In the event of facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. For temporary pain relief, acetaminophen is recommended. Please contact us for an appointment if the pain persists more than a day.
  • Cut of Bitten Tongue, Lip Or Cheek: Ice can be applied to any bruised areas. For bleeding, apply firm (but gentle) pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues after 15 minutes, go to an emergency room.
  • Broken Tooth: Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments. Seek immediate dental attention.
  • Knocked Out Permanent Tooth: Recover the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root. Rinse, but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. Reinsert the tooth in the socket, and hold it in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, carry it in a cup containing milk or water. Because time is essential, see a dentist immediately.
  • Possible Broken Jaw: In the event of jaw injury, tie the mouth closed with a towel, tie or handkerchief. Go immediately to an emergency room.
  • Bleeding After A Baby Tooth Falls Out: Fold a piece of gauze and place it (tightly) over the bleeding area. Bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes. If bleeding continues, see a dentist.
  • Cold Or Canker Sores: Over-the-counter medications will usually provide temporary relief. If sores persist, visit your dentist.

Contact Smilehaven Dental Center

Contact us at our office as soon as possible at (619) 464-2801 if you are experiencing a dental emergency. By calling us first, we will be able to help determine what steps you need to take to help alleviate the problem and make arrangements to create a time to see you and address your emergency if necessary. If you have an emergency after-hours, you can call our office at any time to reach our 24-hour answering service.