Emergency Dentistry

Greyling Dental

General Dentist located in San Diego, CA

Dental emergencies can strike at any time, and while you don’t want to wait several days for an appointment, it can be hard to find a dentist who provides guidance and care outside of regular office hours. Dr. Joanne Vargas-Velasco and the Greyling Dental team offer extensive dental services at their San Diego office, including emergency service and an after-hours phone line. If you’re looking for a dentist who can offer general dentistry services when you need them most, call Dr. Vargas-Velasco or book an appointment online today.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

Greyling Dental

What is a dental emergency?

A dental emergency involves an injury or other dental problem that needs immediate attention. While many dental issues can safely wait until your regular dentist can fit you into their schedule, sometimes you need care right away.

Many dental emergencies are due to an injury to the mouth or teeth. Sometimes, you may develop an infection due to an untreated dental problem or recent surgery. You might also need immediate care when a crown or implant falls out.

In each of these cases, it’s important to see a dentist as soon as possible to minimize the damage to your teeth and gums.

What are some examples of a dental emergency?

You may be unsure whether your problem qualifies as a dental emergency, or instead whether you can safely wait until your next scheduled appointment. While dental emergencies are usually not life-threatening, there are many situations where it’s vital to get help right away.

Call your dentist immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • Your tooth is broken or knocked out
  • Your crown, veneer, or implant breaks or loosens
  • You experience severe pain or bleeding after an injury to your mouth
  • You develop a fever or symptoms of an infection after a dental procedure

Even if there is no pain or bleeding, your dental problem might need emergency care. If you are not sure whether you’re experiencing a dental emergency, contact your dentist for guidance.

Why is it important to get dental care as soon as possible?

When dealt with early, many dental emergencies can be quickly resolved or repaired. But if you delay care, your dentist may have to resort to more expensive or invasive procedures.

Untreated infections can be particularly hazardous to your health. In rare cases, dental infections can land you in the hospital.

What should I do if I am experiencing a dental emergency?

If your dental emergency is the result of a serious injury like a car accident, it’s usually best to seek help from a medical doctor. When in doubt, call 911 and follow up with your dentist afterward.

In cases where there is no injury beyond the damaged tooth, call the team at Greyling Dental and let them know you are experiencing a dental emergency. An on-call staff member will provide assistance even when the office is closed.

Call today to learn more about how Greyling Dental can provide emergency dental care.