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Are you devoted to caring for your teeth? Do you do everything you can to keep your smile healthy and strong? Still, you know that even if you care for your smile well, but do you know how to react to a dental emergency?

At One Market Dental, we understand that a dental emergency can be stressful. To help you react calmly if an emergency should strike, we’re happy to discuss how you should respond to unexpected complications.

A few common dental emergencies come from trauma. For instance, if you fall or are hit, your tooth could be knocked loose or dislodged. If this happens, please visit our dentists immediately. In fact, we recommend visiting Dr. Findlay or Dr. Baldassari-Cruz within 30 minutes if possible. Try to bring the tooth with you, but please don’t handle it by the root. Also, we recommend placing the tooth in milk or keeping it moist with saliva.

Similarly, if you crack or fracture your tooth, you should save whatever pieces you can and visit our dentists quickly. Sometimes, our dentists will be able to rebuild your tooth, but other circumstances may require a crown. Regardless, you should visit our dentists as soon as possible. Conversely, chipping your tooth isn’t typically considered an emergency, but we still recommend visiting us as soon as possible.

Other circumstances may require dental attention soon, but not immediately. For example, a toothache, lost crown or filling, or damaged braces don’t require immediate care, but should be taken care of soon.

Would you like to learn more about what you can do during a dental emergency? Do you need to schedule an appointment with us immediately? If you do, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 415.222.9600.  We are happy to answer any questions you may have.  We are excited to hear from you.