Common Dental Emergencies

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An emergency dental visit isn’t something that anyone wants to deal with, however, this time of year we see many individual suffering from emergency situations that they likely never thought possible. In fact, just as much as we see emergency visits in the summer because of sports, we see visits in the winter because of people enjoying winter sports, tripping on ice, or getting hit in the face with a rock during a snowball fight (yep, that’s happened).

If you find yourself in a dental emergency it’s important that you know how to immediately treat the situation while you make your way to Dr. Movassaghi’s office.

Tooth Knocked Out

One of the most common emergencies we see is a knocked out tooth, and that is something that needs to be addressed immediately. The longer you wait to be seen the less likely it is that your tooth can be salvaged. When a tooth cannot be saved you then have to undergo costly procedures to restore both form and function of your mouth.

As soon as a tooth is knocked out we recommend putting it in a moist paper towel or glass of milk and giving our office a call. We’ll work to get you in immediately so we can address the issue and get you healed and feeling better.

Cracked or Broken Teeth

We commonly see cracked or broken teeth around the holidays, although there’s a steady stream of these cases year round. Whenever a tooth is hit at an odd angle or impacted when a person falls or trips, there’s risk of the tooth breaking.

When a tooth breaks, there’s always a risk that blood flow is interrupted and the tooth will die. If you come in and we see the tooth is dying, we will likely perform a root canal. This saves the tooth and prevents infection and decay.


It might sound like a basic complaint, but a toothache can ruin even the strongest person’s day. A toothache can be the result of trauma to the tooth, infection, or decay. If you’re experiencing a toothache that makes it impossible to concentrate and impacts your quality of life, then chances are something deeper is going on and it needs to be looked at.

When you come into the office, we’ll do a thorough exam and also take x-rays if we can’t see the cause at a surface level. Signs we look for are swelling around the jaw and bleeding that doesn’t stop after brushing.

How to Treat Dental Emergencies

The key to properly treating dental emergencies is understanding that these have the ability to directly impact not just your appearance, but also how your mouth functions. If you end up losing a tooth because it’s knocked out and don’t get it treated in a timely manner, you’ll either have to pay for an expensive prosthetic or go without a tooth, which can change the way you sound when you speak and how you eat.

If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, give our team a call. We’re skilled in treating emergencies and dedicated to giving our patients the best experience possible.

Alireza Movassaghi, D.D.S and Other Dentist Dr. Alireza Movassaghi brings 30 years of experience to the practice at Alvarado Family Dental Center. As a graduate of the USC School of Dentistry, he works tirelessly to expand access to dental care throughout the Los Angeles area. Along with his passion for expert dental care, he exhibits a love of soccer and beautiful cars.
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