Sometimes, no matter how cautious you are, accidents happen. In the event of dental emergencies, Dr. Kevin Fong makes himself available as quickly as possible to provide high-quality urgent care from his Hayward, California, office. For issues like knocked out, cracked, or chipped teeth, Dr. Fong reserves time in his daily schedule for convenient same-day appointments. If you’ve experienced a dental emergency and require urgent care, call the office right away.
It can be hard to know what constitutes a dental emergency that calls for urgent care. Here are some common dental emergencies:
Here are some tips that can help you effectively care for certain common dental emergencies before you come in for your urgent care appointment:
Keep it moist at all times. Try to place it back in the socket without touching the root. If you can’t, keep it in between your cheek and gums, or in milk until you can get to Dr. Fong’s office.
Rinse your mouth out right away with warm water to clean the area. Use cold compresses on and around your face to keep swelling down.
Rinse your mouth with warm water to thoroughly clean the area and gently floss to remove any food caught in your teeth.
Don’t try to use sharp objects. Gently floss to try and remove the object that’s caught.
After experiencing a dental emergency, it’s important that you call the office as quickly as possible and provide ample detail about your condition. The time between your emergency and your urgent care appointment can determine whether or not your tooth is lost or saved.
In some cases, accidents are unavoidable. However, there are certain precautions you can take that limit your risk of experiencing dental emergencies.
When you play sports or participate in recreational activities, be sure to wear a mouthguard. Avoid chewing hard foods like ice, hard candies, or popcorn kernels that can crack or chip your teeth. Also, never use your teeth to cut things.
Dr. Fong allows time in his daily schedule in order to accommodate same-day appointments, as needed. Should a dental emergency happen, he can walk you through how to care for your condition at home until you’re able to come into the office.
If you’ve experienced a dental emergency that requires urgent care, call the office or make an appointment online right away.