If you are experiencing a dental emergency please contact our Los Altos dentist office as soon as possible. We will make every effort to see you the same day, if considered necessary. We welcome new patients who have a dental emergency and are in need of dental care.
Call (650) 489-4620.
Emergency Dental Services
Dental emergencies can occur at the most inopportune time, even despite diligent dental care and oral hygiene. Dr. Schweifler offers emergency dental care as part of his general dentistry services. He will assess your immediate needs and provide appropriate care to resolve damage and discomfort. We consider a dental issue that is causing excessive pain as an emergency. Common dental emergencies can include:
- Sudden tooth pain: Sudden, sharp, or throbbing pain in or around a tooth can have a range of possible causes including infection. It is important to contact our office for an appointment as soon as possible for evaluation.
- Chipped tooth: If a tooth becomes chipped or broken for any reason it should be repaired as soon as possible to prevent further damage and even tooth loss.
- Knocked out tooth: When a tooth is knocked out it should be recovered if possible and placed in a container of milk or held between the tongue and cheek while in transit to our office. In some cases, our dentist can successfully place it back into the socket. However, the best results happen when we immediately fix the issue and there is minimal or no damage to the root.
There are other more subtle signs of developing dental problems. If you recognize and address them early, you can prevent a sudden emergency situation. These can include:
- Bleeding or swollen gums: A common sign of gingivitis is bleeding gums. Gums that bleed or have become swollen may indicate an infection beneath the surface or around a tooth root.
- Changes in the color of a tooth: There can be a possible infection within the inner pulp of a noticeably gray or discolored tooth. In this case, see your dentist for treatment.
- Increasing sensitivity to temperature: If hot or cold foods and beverages are suddenly causing discomfort, we should evaluate your dental health for a developing problem such as decay.
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
Can I have my tooth pulled at the ER?
No, only a licensed dentist can extract a tooth. It is actually illegal for anyone other than a Doctor of Dental Surgery or a Doctor of Dental Medicine to do so. If you are experiencing a dental emergency and go to the ER for treatment, they will only be able to offer you pain medication or antibiotics if there is an infection present.
Is a toothache considered a dental emergency?
In most cases, a toothache will disappear on its own without treatment. However, if the pain worsens or lasts over two days, you should probably call us for help. This could be a sign of a major problem such as tooth decay, an infection, or an abscessed tooth. We will see you as soon as possible to help you find relief from your tooth pain.
What should I do if I notice significant swelling around my mouth/jaw area?
Swelling is usually a sign of an infection. If the swelling is making it difficult to breathe or causing your eyes to shut, then you have a dental emergency. Please call our office as soon as possible. You can use ice for temporary relief, but do not use heat. Heat can actually cause the infection to spread quickly.