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Emergency Dentist Specialist

Alpine Village Dental

Mala Sheth, DDS

Dentist & Family Dentist located in Torrance, CA

Damaging a tooth or having a severe toothache can cause extreme pain that’s difficult to bear, and prompt treatment is required to save your tooth. Mala Sheth, DDS, of Alpine Village Dental, serving Los Angeles’ South Bay region, is a highly skilled dentist who provides emergency dental treatment when you need it the most. Call Alpine Village Dental in Torrance, California, today for all your oral health needs or book an appointment online.

Emergency Dentist

When would I need an emergency dentist?

There are two main reasons why you would need an emergency dentist:

  • If you have a severe toothache, especially if you have an accompanying fever
  • If you accidentally break or dislodge a tooth

Emergency dental care can make the difference between losing your tooth and being able to save it.

What should I do if I damage my tooth?

If you knock out one of your permanent teeth, place it back in its socket if possible. Failing that, put the tooth in between your cheek and your gums, or in a container of milk. To stand any chance of survival, the tooth has to be kept moist.

If you crack your tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water to prevent bacteria from getting into the crack, and use cold compresses to control the swelling. If there’s something stuck in your mouth, you can attempt to dislodge it with dental floss, but be careful not to add to the tissue damage by moving the object around or using a tool to remove it.

Contact Alpine Village Dental as soon as you can for advice and to make an emergency appointment.

What should I do if I have a severe toothache?

If your toothache is so painful that you can’t wait for a routine appointment, call Alpine Village Dentistry. You can alleviate some of the pain by rinsing your mouth with warm water, and see if gentle flossing removes food particles.

Taking over-the-counter pain medication should help, but don’t put aspirin or products containing aspirin directly on the affected area.

There are ways you can help prevent damaging your teeth and causing severe toothache, such as:

  • Always wear a mouth guard when playing sports
  • Don’t try to chew hard food such as popcorn kernels or hard candy
  • Don’t chew ice cubes
  • Don’t use your teeth as a tool to cut or bite anything

Dr. Sheth schedules her appointments to ensure she has time available to help emergency patients, so if you need urgent treatment, call Alpine Village Dental today.