Dentures are a traditional tooth replacement option. They can replace your teeth, restoring the appearance of your smile and some of the function of your bite. Dentures have improved significantly over time, and modern dentures are much better than those your parents or grandparents had. While they’re not as good as dental implants, many people can enjoy quality lives with well-made and properly fitted dentures.

If you have lost one or more teeth and are looking for dentures (including replacement dentures) in Oceanside, please call 760-967-8899 or email Deluxe Dental today for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at Deluxe Dental

What’s Your Emergency?

Some of the most common emergencies people experience include:

  • Toothache
  • Chipped or cracked tooth
  • Loose tooth
  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Food and other things caught in teeth
  • Lost filling or crown
  • Gum, cheek, or lip injuries

These are all potential dental emergencies. However, they aren’t always. We can check your tooth for emergency care, but you can also do some quick checks to see if you really have a dental emergency.

A toothache can be an emergency if it’s related to an infected tooth. Tooth infections can be potentially life-threatening if left untreated.

Here are some symptoms of infection to look for:

  • Tooth is discolored
  • A pimple-like sore on the gums
  • A foul smell in the mouth
  • Discharge from tooth or gums
  • Localized warmth–it feels hot at the tooth
  • Fever

If you have symptoms of fever, it’s important to get dental care quickly. The infection can get worse rapidly.

If you don’t think you have an infection, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers. However, don’t crush it up and apply it directly to the tooth or gums.

Pain that keeps you from sleeping or working is another sign that you should contact us right away.

First, remove all pieces of a chipped tooth from your mouth. We can’t put them back on, but you don’t want to swallow them.

Stanch bleeding with gauze or a wet tea bag. A cold compress on the outside of your mouth can help control swelling. You can also combat swelling and discomfort with an anti-inflammatory medication (like ibuprofen).

Cosmetic chips might just need fixing to maintain the appearance of your smile, but if your tooth hurts spontaneously, or is very sensitive to heat and cold, contact us right away.

If your tooth is loose because of a blow or impact, remove broken pieces from your mouth. Push the tooth back in place and hold it secure with your teeth and tongue. Apply gauze or a tea bag to control bleeding.

Over-the-counter pain medication can help control discomfort, but consider this an emergency and contact us right away.

A knocked-out tooth should be considered an emergency. Contact us right away. Find the tooth and pick it up by the white part that’s normally visible (the crown). If it’s dirty, rinse it gently with warm water to remove dirt, but don’t brush it with your hands or a cloth.

Try to put the tooth back in place, if you can. Put it in gently and make sure it’s facing the right way. If you can’t get it back in place, hold it in warm, salty water or in your mouth until you make it into the office.

If you have food or other objects caught in your teeth, it can start as an annoyance, but then become quite serious, especially if it’s causing you pain.

Try to get the object out with dental floss or a plastic or wood toothpick. –Never use metal to pick at your teeth.

If you can’t remove the object, please contact us.

Sometimes a crown or filling will come out much earlier than we hope. If it does, get the material out of your mouth so you don’t swallow it.

If you can fit your restoration back in place, go ahead. Otherwise, just hold it.

You can secure the filling or crown temporarily with temporary dental cement–don’t use any glue or tape not designed for dental needs.

Start by rinsing your mouth with warm water. Press gauze or a tea bag to the bleeding area, for ten minutes or until bleeding stops. An ice pack can help control swelling and discomfort.

Contact us if bleeding persists for an hour or more.

Dental Emergency in Oceanside, CA

If you have a dental emergency in Oceanside, CA, please call 760-967-8899 or email Deluxe Dental immediately for an appointment at Deluxe Dental.