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Gabriela Garcia-Rojas, D.D.S.
Call: (415) 388-6100

Dental Emergencies

Emergency and After Office Hours:

Dental emergencies are never convenient or timely. We are committed to our patients' dental health no matter what time of day or night. If you are a current patient, and have a dental emergency after regular office hours, please call us at (415) 388-6100. If you are not a current patient but you were referred by one of our patients call us. If you found us on this website please call the Marin Countuy Dental Society at (415) 472-7974 to find out who is the dentist on call.

Knocked-Out Tooth

  • Hold the tooth by the crown, and gently rinse off the root of the tooth in water if it is dirty.  Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments.  If possible, gently reinsert and hold the tooth in its socket.  If that isn't possible, put the tooth in a cup of milk or inside the patient's cheek.  There are emergency tooth preservation products available, but the sooner you can do these things the better, because it helps keep the small attachment fibers on the root of the tooth alive.  Look for an emergency tooth preservation product with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.  Get to the dentist as quickly as possible, within an hour if you can.  Don't forget to bring the tooth with you.

Broken tooth

  • Rinse the mouth with warm wather to keep the area clean.  Put cold compresses on the face to reduce swelling.  Go to the dentist immediately.

Possible Broken Jaw

  • Apply cold compresses to control swelling.  Go to your dentist or a hospital emergency room immediately.

Objects Caught Between Teeth

  • Gently try to remove the object with dental floss.  If you are not successful, go to the dentist.  Do not try to remove the object with a sharp or pointed instrument.

Toothache

  • Rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out.  Use dental floss to remove any food that may be trapped between the teeth.  Do not put aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissues.  See your dentist as soon as possible.

Bitten Tongue or Lip

  • Clean the area gently with a cloth, and put cold compresses to keep swelling down.  If bleeding is excessive or doesn't stop in a short period of time, go to the dentist or a hospital emergency room. 

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