Richard D. Creese, DDS
General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Union Square, San Francisco, CA
A mouth wound, cracked tooth, or knocked-out teeth should all have you headed to an emergency dentist right away. If you live in or near Union Square of San Francisco, California, visit Richard D. Creese, DDS. He is here to take care of the emergency dental needs of everyone in your family. If you or a family member are facing a dental emergency, call the office location nearest you or book an appointment online.
Emergency Dentist Q & A
What do emergency dentists do?
Emergency dentists treat mouth and dental injuries that require immediate attention. A good many dental emergencies are situations that involve saving broken or knocked-out teeth. Visiting Richard D. Creese, DDS, within 30 minutes of your mouth or tooth injury can mean the difference between saving and losing your tooth.
Dr. Creese focuses much of his emergency dentistry services on palliative care and immediate pain relief before treating the root cause of your urgent need for dental care.
Are you in need of emergency dental care?
It's never a bad idea to find emergency dental care if you're concerned about a severe oral injury or condition for yourself or a member of your family. Common dental emergency situations include:
- Knocked-out teeth
- A loose permanent tooth
- Extreme mouth or tooth pain
- Bleeding inside your mouth from your cheeks, tongue, or gums
- Trauma to your face or mouth
- Swelling in your tongue, gums, or mouth
- A badly fractured or cracked tooth
- A tear or laceration on your lips
If you chip a tooth, but it doesn’t appear as if you may lose the tooth entirely, it may not be a dental emergency. With that said, don't hesitate to speak with Dr. Creese. They'll explain how to handle your tooth until you can visit the office.
What do I do with a knocked-out tooth?
Quick action is imperative for a dental emergency like a knocked-out tooth. Without immediate dental care, you may be at risk of losing the tooth. Promptly clean your mouth and the injured tooth, especially if it's fallen out and gotten dirty. Swish the warm water around your mouth and rinse the tooth in warm water, being careful to avoid touching the tooth's roots.
Gently handle the tooth by the crown (top) as you rinse it. Using light pressure, reposition the cleaned tooth in the empty socket in your gum. Bite down softly on a gauze pad to hold the tooth in place until you can get to Richard D. Creese, DDS. Call the office right away. Or, have a family member or friend call to let our staff know you're on your way.
What should you do if you can't put the tooth back in your mouth? The goal is to keep the tooth moist at all times. Put it in a cup of milk or in your mouth next to your cheek to help preserve it until you arrive at the dental office. When you're facing a dental emergency, call Richard D. Creese, DDS, for expert assistance.