San Francisco Emergency Dentist
When you have pain, a fractured tooth, or another oral health concern that can’t wait, you need access to an effective, high-quality, 24 hour dentist.
San Francisco patients choose Skoulas DDS because of our specialization in aesthetic dentistry and our ability to schedule appointments in a timely manner. With our cloud-based communication system, Dr. Skoulas is available even outside of office hours. Resolving your discomfort and helping you recover quickly are priorities for us.
Have you ever fractured a tooth and not known what to do? Most San Francisco patients don’t and may even wait in excruciating pain until their dentist’s office opens on Monday morning. The problem with this is that treatment can come too late and require more invasive procedures to restore your teeth back to the way they were.
What Do 24 Hour Dentists Do?
Emergency dentists offer an immediate appointment, squeezing you into the schedule without delaying your treatment. In addition to providing San Francisco patients with additional appointments, Skoulas DDS has the capacity to:
- Treat traumatic injuries that involve the teeth, bone, and gums.
- Perform operations and immediately repair any damage.
- Strengthen or reset injuries to the jaw.
While an emergency dentist can help you with general dental problems, an emergency dentist is fully equipped to handle deeper injuries that involve the structure surrounding the teeth.
When Should You Contact a 24 Hour Dentist?
San Francisco patients should get in touch with Skoulas DDS if they have intense discomfort or a timely reason for seeking treatment.
A majority of the patients we see are professionals who take advantage of our location in the financial district. They often need an emergency dentist to avoid missing work, whether it’s because of pain associated with an infected tooth or because a broken tooth could detract from a big presentation.
Contact our practice for emergency care if you have:
- Pain or sensitivity in your teeth or gums that can’t wait for typical office hours.
- Experienced a trauma, such as a fall, that has injured your mouth.
- Lost or chipped a tooth and need a replacement as soon as possible.
When Should I Seek Treatment from an Emergency Dentist?
Most patients are reluctant to request emergency dental care because they aren’t sure exactly what a dental emergency is. A 24 hour dentist is available to treat patients who are experiencing symptoms such as:
- Severe pain
- Swollen gums
- Jaw pain
- Bleeding from teeth or gums
If you are unsure if you need emergency dental treatment, then call Dr. Skoulas to help determine what you should do. Hesitating could cost you your tooth and several additional treatment steps.
Common Reasons to Call an Emergency Dentist
San Francisco patients are always on the move. From your career and friends to family and your hobbies, it’s often hard to fit in time to get your teeth cleaned and examined. What we often see with our emergency dental patients is some kind of accident or trauma to the mouth, gums, or teeth. The other common issue is that they have a problem with their teeth or gums, but simply don’t take the time to get it fixed. After a while, these small problems can balloon up into more extensive and costly illnesses that need immediate attention. Here are some of the most common procedures we perform for our emergency patients.
- Abscess – An abscess is a pocket of pus in the root of the tooth or under the gums. Some of the symptoms of an abscess are pain, swelling, redness, bad breath, and more. Abscesses are caused by tooth decay, gum disease, or trauma to the tooth. We often get calls early in the morning or late at night from patients suffering from pain caused by their abscess.
- Broken or traumatized tooth – When you break or crack a tooth, it can be incredibly painful, and you may need to call a 24-hour San Francisco patients should get their broken or cracked teeth fixed immediately to avoid infection.
- Root canal – While some infections require the tooth be removed, a root canal saves the existing tooth while removing the infected “pulp.” The pulp is the inside of the tooth that is made up of nerves and blood vessels.
- Pain when biting or chewing – Another common emergency call we get is for general pain when the patient is biting, chewing, or even drinking something hot or cold. For an emergency dentist, San Francisco patients calling about pain in their teeth is never a good sign. It usually means that there is an infection or the tooth is cracked. Either of these issues can lead to more serious complications which is why we try to get them taken care of as soon as possible.
- Wisdom teeth – When your wisdom teeth decide to come in it can cause a wide range of issues. One of the most common problems is called pericoronitis. In this case, the wisdom teeth do not fully erupt out of the gums. This allows food, bacteria, and plaque to get in under the flap of gums barely covering the wisdom teeth. This can cause an infection, inflammation, pus, pain, and swollen lymph nodes in the neck. The treatment for this depends on how severe it is and sometimes warrants the services of an emergency dentist. San Francisco patients should call Dr. Skoulas right away if they suspect that this is the case.
What to Do When You Lose a Tooth
Tooth loss can be the result of progressive decay or traumatic injury. This is one of the most critical dental emergencies and the one that demands you act fast to preserve the tooth. Until you can get to a 24 hour dentist you should:
- Gently hold the tooth by the crown, top of the tooth.
- Carefully rinse the tooth, keeping any tissue in place.
- Fit the tooth back into the socket and bite. If this isn’t possible then locate a container.
Most patients are amazed that a lost tooth can be replaced, but if you follow the above instructions and get in touch with Skoulas DDS’ emergency dentist, then you should be able to save the tooth.
What to Do When You Fracture or Crack a Tooth
A fractured and cracked tooth is also considered a dental emergency and will require immediate treatment for the best possible outcome. In many cases, a fractured or cracked tooth can be saved if an emergency dentist is contacted immediately. After you have gotten in touch with the emergency dentist you should:
- Rinse out your mouth with lukewarm water.
- Apply ice to your face if the fracture or crack is the result of trauma to the face.
- Take Tylenol (or another acetaminophen) to control pain and swelling.
You should not attempt to treat a fractured or cracked tooth yourself. Instead, schedule an appointment with your 24 hour dentist for the appropriate care.
Treatment During Your Emergency Dental Procedure
Coming in for emergency dental treatment is very similar to a normal dental appointment. You will:
- Receive a comprehensive oral examination, often including X-ray.
- Obtain immediate treatment for your problem.
- Receive prescriptions and instructions on how to care for your dental problem.
Depending on the extent, location, and condition of your injury or dental problem, you may require more than one follow-up treatment to ensure you heal properly.
When Can Your San Francisco Emergency Dentist See Me?
Dr. Skoulas can often schedule emergency appointments during the early morning, late in the day, or over the weekend. She can cater to unique scheduling requirements so that you can get back to work or other commitments without interruption.
Because of our location in the middle of the financial district, you may want to schedule an appointment before work, during a lunch break, or in advance of the commute home. Get in touch with our offices when a concern arises, and we will find a time that meets your needs.
After Your Emergency Dental Treatment
Depending on your injury or dental condition, you may require surgery to remove a tooth or alleviate swelling and pressure. In rare cases, you may require immediate oral surgery to prevent the structure and function of your teeth, jaw, and gums from deteriorating. If oral surgery is required, then you should designate a friend or relative to pick you up afterwards.
After your procedure, your dentist will provide you with additional instructions relating to aftercare and healing time. For most procedures, you will feel better right after treatment but still require a few days to a week to recover.
If you have a pressing oral health or aesthetic problem, contact Skoulas DDS as soon as possible to see our emergency dentist.