Dental emergencies are quite common. While they’re usually caused by a traumatic injury, such as a bad fall or an accident while playing contact sports, dental emergencies can also be due to tooth infections, gum disease, or the loss of a crown or filling.
Regardless of your situation, it’s important to get professional help as soon as you can. A practice like Westlake Dental Associates can help minimize your pain and maximize the chances of saving your tooth.
1. Stay Calm
You may be experiencing a lot of pain, as the mouth is a particularly sensitive area. But the most important thing you can do when you suffer a dental injury is to stay calm.
From a chipped tooth to an infected one, most dental injuries are treatable. But the sooner you see a dentist, the better. Be sure to schedule an appointment immediately.
2. Take Care of Your Injury
Once you’ve scheduled an emergency dental care appointment, it’s time to deal with your pain. Over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen and acetaminophen can help relieve pain and swelling. However, keep in mind that aspirin should not be used. Aspirin is a blood thinner and an anticoagulant, so it can cause further bleeding.
Ice can also help reduce pain and swelling, but it should only be used externally. Ice should never be applied directly to the site of your injury or toothache in the mouth.
If a tooth has been knocked out of the mouth and you still have it, gently clean any debris from the surface. Don’t scrub the tooth, or wash it with soap. We want to keep the cells on the tooth alive, for the best chance of putting it back successfully. Most schools have a solution for storing teeth until you get to the dentist, but in a pinch you can use milk, or even tuck the tooth in your cheek (although it sounds gross, we know!).
Injuries like impacted or avulsed teeth may bleed heavily. Blood, if present, can be absorbed with a clean cloth or sterile gauze. If bleeding persists, seek medical care immediately.
3. See a Dentist as soon as possible!
Serious injuries like tooth avulsions and damaged teeth should be addressed as soon as possible. Treating teeth that have been knocked out of position or out of the mouth completely is very time-sensitive. The sooner an emergency dentist sees you, the sooner they can take the proper steps to restoring the functionality and aesthetic look of your smile.
Westlake Dental Associates – Emergency Dentistry in Westlake Village!
At our Westlake Village dentist office, Westlake Dental Associates, we offer emergency dentistry services and same-day dental care to all of our patients. Whether you’re suffering from an injury such as a broken, missing or cracked tooth, have lost a dental crown, or have a toothache, Dr. Thomas Wuesthoff and Dr. Scott Lundy are here to help!
With same-day appointments, and emergency scheduling available, we are always here for emergency dentistry in Thousand Oaks. Our friendly, dedicated staff will take great care of you, and Dr. Wuesthoff and Dr. Lundy will make sure that you feel comfortable and safe throughout your emergency dental procedure.
Call us for an emergency appointment at (805) 978-8754, or come to our office at 176 Auburn Ct. Suite 5, Westlake Village, CA, 91362. We’re always happy to see emergency patients. We’ll take great care of you, and we’ll help you get your life back to normal as quickly as possible!
"Our family has been going to Westlake Dental for over 30 years, and the kindness and professionalism has never changed. Everyone there is genuine and great! Thank you all for taking care of us!"
"I’m really happy here. I’ve been going here for about 3 years and was referred by a friend. First dentist I’ve found in a long time that I feel really cares about my teeth. My cleanings are timely and lots of attention to detail. I recently also got a new retainer and the mold was a perfect fit. Everyone is so pleasant and I’m very happy I’ve found a dentist I can trust."
"Excellent service. Friendly and kind, especially Dr. Lundy. My daughter was very frightened about getting her tooth pulled and he calmed her worries and had it out before she knew what was going on. The hygienist was excellent as well- for both myself and my daughter. Her kind smile and great stories pass the time quickly. Thank you, June and Dr. Lundy!"
"Let’s face it, going to the dentist isn’t something most of us look forward to but I have to say, I really don’t dread it anymore. Kathy is always on time and does a great job cleaning my teeth and I feel like I’ve just had a great visit with a good friend when I leave."
"I've been a patient here for over 15 years and actually enjoy going to this office for care and treatment. Very professional, caring, friendly and helpful. Feels like a family and they seem to enjoy working there. Technically adept both in the front office and with the latest in dental care and treatment (crowns while you wait!)."
"I've been happily using Westlake Dental Associates for several years. The staff is very friendly and I am always greeted by name and a smile. Drs. Wuesthoff and Lundy provide first class service and are quick to respond on those occasional after hours emergency calls. They use the latest high-tech dentistry equipment and techniques. They are truly the best!"
"I came to Dr. Lundy based on a friend's recommendation. I had not seen a dentist in over ten years. I found the whole experience to be amazing. I was initially greeted in a comfortable setting where Dr. Lundy got to know me and my concerns and/or fears. He was very reassuring. The whole process of getting x-rays, to a cleaning, and then having a cavity filled was great. I was never in any pain or even uncomfortable and he explained every step as he was going through the procedures. I will definitely be back in less than ten years!"
"This was my first visit to Westlake Dental Associates and it was such a friendly and welcoming environment that I felt at ease right away. My hygienist, Cathy, was patient and careful and Dr. Lundy was very thorough and took time to talk to me and answer my questions. It was a great overall experience. If you are at all dissatisfied with your current dental facility, I highly recommend giving Dr. Lundy and his office a try!"