Emergency Dentistry Specialist

Willow Glen Dental Care -  - General Dentist

Willow Glen Dental Care

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Willow Glen, San Jose, CA

Dental emergencies happen, and when they do, you want a qualified dental provider on your side. At Willow Glen Dental Care in San Jose, California, Danielle Wehle, DDS, and George Kuo, DDS, provide same-day visits when you suffer sudden tooth pain, a knocked-out tooth, or another tooth issue that just can’t wait for care. If you need emergency dentistry, call right away for an appointment.

Emergency Dentistry Q&A

When is emergency dentistry necessary?

Emergency dentistry is required whenever you have an oral health care problem that just can’t wait for a future appointment. Possible emergency issues include:

  • A knocked-out tooth
  • Something stuck in your teeth
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • A bacterial infection causing serious swelling
  • Trauma to facial bones
  • A cracked tooth
  • Soft tissue lacerations

If you experience a dental emergency, act quickly as possible to prevent complications like a complete loss of a tooth or a spread of infection. 

What should I do when I need emergency dentistry?

If you think you have a dental emergency, call Willow Glen Dental Care right away. The staff can help you assess your problem and schedule a same-day appointment if needed. 

Here’s what to do when waiting for your emergency dentistry appointment. 

Traumatic dental injuries

Chipped teeth can be repaired with dental bonding a few days after an accident, but cracked teeth may need immediate care to prevent infection from setting in. 

If you have an injury that knocks out a permanent tooth, call the office right away. While you wait, gently rinse any debris off the tooth (leave the root intact) and place it back in your socket or between your cheek and gum. If that’s not possible, place it in a glass of milk until you reach Willow Glen Dental Care. 

Severe tooth pain

Severe tooth pain that comes on suddenly warrants an emergency visit. It could indicate tooth decay, gum disease, or an abscess. Hold an ice pack to the outside of your mouth, where the pain lies, until you can reach our office. 

Soft tissue emergencies

Damage to the soft tissue of your mouth, including your gums, cheeks, or tongue, may require emergency dental care. If you have uncontrolled bleeding, apply pressure with a gauze pad and rinse your mouth out with warm water until you can get to the office. 

How can I reduce the chance that I’ll need emergency dentistry services?

You can’t avoid all dental emergencies, even if you’re exceptionally careful. But you can greatly lower your risk of needing emergency dental care with a few simple steps:

Good dental hygiene

Brush your teeth twice per day, floss once, and use an oral rinse daily to help keep your teeth clean and free of bacteria that cause decay.

Protect your teeth during sports

If you play a contact sport, wear the proper mouth guards and protective gear to keep your teeth safe from injury. 

Quit the bad habits

Don’t chew hard objects, like ice cubes, and quit using tobacco, both of which make your teeth vulnerable to problems. 

If you need emergency dental care, call Willow Glen Dental Care to be seen as soon as possible. Future appointments can be made using the online scheduling tool.