Emergency Dentistry Specialist

Claremont Dental Arts

Melissa Khurasany, DMD

General Dentist located in Claremont, CA

Knowing how to handle a dental emergency can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth. That’s why it’s important to be quick and calm, and always to keep your dentist's contact information on hand. If you have a dental emergency, immediately contact Dr. Melissa Khurasany at Claremont Dental Arts in Claremont, California. If the office is closed and you don’t have any other contact information, go to the emergency room, and they can determine whether your situation can wait until regular business hours.

Emergency Dentistry Q&A

What are some common dental emergencies?

There are many types of dental emergencies, and they are usually caused by biting on a piece of food that’s too hard or by sports or activity-related injuries. Some common dental emergencies include:

  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Displaced teeth
  • Knocked-out teeth
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Lost fillings or crowns

What should I do when a tooth is knocked out?

When a tooth is knocked out, you’ll want to retrieve the tooth if you can. Then:

  1. Hold the tooth by its crown — the top part — and gently rinse the root with water. Do not scrub the tooth or remove any tissue attached to it.
  2. If possible, gently insert the tooth back into the socket, making sure it’s facing the right way. Use gauze or a clean washcloth to hold the tooth in place.
  3. If it’s not possible to reinsert the tooth, put it in a container and immerse it in milk or saliva.
  4. See your dentist immediately. The chances of saving a tooth are highest for those who see a dentist within an hour of the tooth being knocked out.

What should I do if I lose a crown?

If you lose a crown, put it in a safe place and make an appointment with Dr. Khurasany. Don’t wait too long; the tooth without the crown will be more sensitive and weak and could be damaged more easily.

In the meantime before your appointment, you can use a cotton swab to apply a little bit of clove oil for pain relief. You can find clove oil at drugs stores or in the spice aisle at the grocery store.

How can I prevent dental emergencies?

Dr. Khurasany and the staff at Claremont Dental Arts treat dental emergencies, and they also focus on preventative care. Dental emergencies are usually unexpected and can’t be avoided, but here are a few prevention tips that might help:

  1. Wear a mouthguard during sports or recreational activities.
  2. Avoiding chewing hard foods, like popcorn kernels, ice, and hard candies.
  3. Never use your teeth to cut or pry things.

If you have a dental emergency — even if it’s something like a toothache that just won’t go away — contact Dr. Khurasany and make your appointment as soon as possible.