AZ Dental provides emergency dentistry in San Jose, California.  If you are experiencing a dental emergency, call us immediately at 408-227-6000.  We will make arrangements for you to come to our practice as quickly as possible to receive treatment from Drs. Andrew McDonald, and Trang Thai.  The pain caused during or by a dental emergency usually worsens if you do not receive prompt treatment, and your dental injuries can jeopardize your physical health.

We have provided information on some of the most common types of dental emergencies to help you care for your oral health until you can meet with our dentists.

Avulsed Tooth (Knocked-Out Tooth)
If your tooth is knocked completely out of your mouth, it is critical that you see a dentist immediately.  Time is of the essence, and if the tooth can be placed back into its socket within one hour, there is a chance that the tissues will grow to support it again.

When your tooth is knocked out, follow these steps:

  • Call our dentists immediately.
  • Pick up the tooth by the crown and rinse it under warm water. Be very carefully not to touch the root.
  • If possible, place it back into its socket. Otherwise, tuck it into the cheek pouch.
  • If you cannot hold your tooth in your mouth, put it into a cup of saliva, milk, or water. Keeping the tooth moist is incredibly important.
  • Get to our practice as quickly as possible.

Our dentists will try to replace the tooth in its natural socket.  In some cases, the tooth will reattach, but if the tooth has been seriously damaged a root canal treatment may be necessary.

Lost Filling or Crown
Crowns or fillings are most likely to become loose while you are eating.  Crowns frequently become loose due to decay in the tooth beneath.  This decay changes the shape of the tooth so that the

Once your restoration is out of the mouth, your tooth may be incredibly sensitive to changes in temperature and pressure.

When your crown or filling drops out of your mouth, make an appointment with our dentists as soon as possible.  If you wait too long, your teeth may shift or sustain further damage.  Keep the crown in a cool, safe place, as there is a possibility that we will be able to reinsert it.

Here are a few things you can do until you can meet with our dentists:

  • Clean the crown and affix it onto the tooth with dental cement. You can purchase dental cement at your local pharmacy.
  • Smear the top of your tooth with dental cement to alleviate discomfort
  • Do NOT use any kind of glue to affix the crown to your tooth.
  • You can also apply clove oil to the tooth for pain relief.

When you meet with our dentists, we will check the crown to see if it still fits.  If so, it will be reattached to your tooth.  If there is decay on your tooth, we will treat it and make a new crown for you.

Cracked or Broken Teeth
Sometimes cracks and fractures are fairly painless, but if the crack extends into the root you will likely experience extreme pain.  When your tooth is cracked or if a fragment has broken off, we recommend that you:

  • Call our office as soon as possible to make an appointment with our dentists
  • Rinse the tooth fragment and your mouth with lukewarm water.
  • If there is bleeding, apply gauze to the area for 10 minutes
  • Place cold, damp dishtowel or an icepack on the cheek to minimize any swelling or pain.
  • Cover the affected area with dental cement (which you can purchase at a pharmacy) if you cannot see our dentists immediately.
  • Use a topical pain reliever if necessary.

Treatment for your cracked tooth will depend on the type of crack and the extent of the damage.

Dislodged or Loosened Teeth
When your tooth has been dislodged or loosened by trauma or decay, it may be possible to save it.  As long as it remains in the mouth and attached to the blood vessels and nerves, there is a good chance that a root canal will not be necessary.  Our dentists can reposition the tooth and stabilize it.  If the tooth does not heal, we may recommend a root canal.

Call our dentists immediately to make an appointment.  In the meantime, you can use an ice pack or cold compress and mild pain relievers to alleviate your discomfort and any swelling that has occurred.

If you have questions or concerns about dental emergencies, contact our office.  We will be happy to provide you with additional information.

If you have experienced a more serious injury, such as a broken jaw, we recommend that you visit the emergency room or your medical physician before seeking any kind of dental treatment.  If your injury is life-threatening, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.