WHAT IS A DENTAL EMERGENCY?
You may wonder what the difference is between a dental problem that can wait or a full-blown dental emergency. When in doubt, always call us at Dentist of Cerritos so we can advise you. Our number is (562) 414-5064, and you can call us any time of day or night. The types of dental emergencies we treat include:
A knocked-out tooth needs to be taken care of immediately, within an hour if possible, for the best chances of the tooth being reattached. If we are not available or you are out of town, go directly to your nearest emergency room.
BROKEN OR CHIPPED TOOTH
Come see us right away. We want to be sure that the nerves aren’t exposed and that no serious damage has been done (other than to the visible part of the tooth.)
PAIN OR INFLAMMATION
Pain, especially acute pain, as well as swelling, can indicate something is very wrong. You’ll want a diagnosis as soon as possible, particularly if you have any signs of an abscess such as blood or pus.
OBJECT STUCK IN TEETH OR BRACES
An object stuck in the mouth, gums, teeth, or braces can be very problematic if left to fester. It might feel silly if “all it is” is just a piece of food that got lodged in the wrong place. But if not removed carefully by our skilled Cerritos dentist, it could cause some major problems.