Just as it’s possible to have a medical emergency, you can also have a dental emergency that requires you to see an expert dentist immediately. If you break a tooth, are having severe oral pain, or have some other type of dental emergency, visit the office of Daniel D. Barry III, DDS, in Union Square, San Francisco. As northern California’s leading emergency dentistry specialist, Daniel D. Barry III, DDS takes care of any pressing dental issue you may have.
Some dental complications, such as a crown that pops off or a filling that comes out, can wait until the next day. But in some cases, you need to see the dentist right away. Some of the most common dental emergencies include:
If you're unsure if you have a dental emergency, it's always best to be safe and call. Dr. Barry and his team can let you know if you need to head to the office immediately, or if you can wait until the next available appointment.
If you happen to lose a tooth, be sure to handle it very carefully, avoiding the root and instead of touching only the part that was outside of your gums (the crown). You can soak the tooth in warm water for up to ten seconds to remove debris.
If you can, gently place the tooth back in the socket and bite on a gauze pad until you get to the dentist. If you can’t, put the tooth in a small container and cover it with your saliva or with milk (not water).
Most importantly, don't panic. Dr. Barry is an expert at fixing teeth that have been knocked out.
You can't avoid all possible complications that may arise, but you can do a few things to help prevent many dental emergencies.
For instance, if you play sports, wear a mouthguard while participating. Or if you know you grind your teeth at night, minimize your risk of tooth fractures by wearing a mouthguard while sleeping.
It's also best to stay on top of your routine dental exams. By coming into the office to see Dr. Barry and get a thorough cleaning twice a year, you can help keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible. Doing so can lower your risk of infection and allow Dr. Barry to see if you have any warning signs of future dental problems.
While you can always book an appointment online at the office of Daniel D. Barry III, DDS, in San Francisco, you can certainly call anytime to come in for emergency dental care.