Dental emergencies come in all shapes and sizes. Broken teeth, split lips, loose crowns, trauma, or any pain in the mouth all qualify. If you feel you have a dental emergency, the best thing to do is call an emergency dentist. If you do not have an emergency dentist in your area, search online for a local dentist who will see patients on a walk-in basis. If those options fail (or if you are in severe pain or have had severe trauma), visit your local Urgent Care center or Emergency Room. Most Urgent Care facilities and Emergency Rooms are not equipped to take care of dental problems, but they can prescribe pain killers and antibiotics to help buy you some more time.

On Demand Dentist is an emergency dentist in San Diego, California. If you are in Southern California and have a dental emergency, please call us right away at 619-342-3577

What are Dental Emergencies and How Can I Avoid Them?

Dental emergencies can occur when your tooth breaks, cracks, becomes loosened, or is knocked out completely. Sometimes dental crowns come off of teeth. Lips, gums, or cheeks can be cut.

Dental emergencies can be avoided by taking simple precautions, such as wearing a mouth guard during sports activities to prevent teeth from breaking or being knocked out, and avoiding hard foods that may crack or break your teeth—whether you have your natural teeth or you wear dentures. Oral injuries often are painful and should be treated by a dentist as soon as possible.

What Do I Do if My Tooth Breaks?

Broken teeth can include minor chips, small fractures, larger chips, cracks, and even breaking the tooth off at the gum line.

Chipped teeth are minor fractures. Moderate fractures include damage to the enamel, tissue, and/or pulp. Severe fractures usually mean that a tooth has been traumatized to the point that it cannot be recovered.

If you fracture a tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water and use an ice pack or cold compress to reduce swelling. Take ibuprofen, not aspirin, for pain. Contact an emergency dentist in your area if you have pain or need immediate help. In most cases (except severe fractures) the tooth can be saved. If you fear that your may not be able to save the tooth, contact an emergency dentist right away.

When Should I visit the Emergency Dentist?

If you have a toothache, you should call On Demand Dentist right away so you can see an emergency dentist. Toothaches can quickly get worse and become a serious problem if not properly taken care of. What feels like a dull ache now can turn into a large infection later.

How Much Will My Emergency Dental Visit Cost?

At On Demand Dentist, we do NOT charge a premium for after-hours emergency dental calls. We do NOT have a "minimum price." We offer flat, easy-to-understand prices. Most patients pay between $100 and $400 out the door.

Are You Really Available 24 Hours a Day?

Yes, On Demand Dentist takes calls 24-hours a day. Unlike other "emergency dentists" in San Diego, On Demand Dentist is ONLY an emergency dentist. That means our only focus is our emergency patients. Just call our office at 619-342-3577 to speak with a receptionist. If you call between the hours of 11:00 PM and 7:00 AM we will try to help you get out of pain at home so you can get back to sleep, then we will check in again at 7:00 AM to see how you are feeling and see if you still need to see a doctor. It's really that easy, 24-hours a day.

I Don't Have Insurance, How Can I Pay?

Most of our patients do not have insurance. That's why we have several payment plans available. All payments are due at time of service. For your convenience, we accept all major credits cards, cash, personal checks, Care Credit, and we even have a 90-day no interest payment plan available for qualified patients.

If You Can't Fix It, I Really Don't Have to Pay?

That's right! We stand behind our work as emergency dentists and believe that if there is something we can't fix, you should not have to pay (even for the exam and X-Rays). So, if you have a toothache, you have nothing to lose by visiting On Demand Dentist... come in for an exam and X-Rays and if for any reason we can't fix it, you can go home without paying a penny!

Help! My Tooth Was Knocked Out!

If your tooth is knocked out, immediately call an emergency dentist. It is important to see your dentist within an hour of when your tooth is knocked out for the best chance of the tooth surviving the trauma. Handle the tooth by the crown (the top), not by the root (the pointed part on the bottom). Touching the root of the tooth can damage cells that are necessary to reattach the tooth to the bone.

Gently rinse the tooth in water to remove dirt. Do not scrub the tooth! Place the clean tooth in your mouth between the cheek and gum to keep it moist. It is important not to let the tooth dry out. If it is not possible to store the tooth in the mouth, wrap the tooth in a clean cloth or gauze and immerse it in milk or saline solution (the solution used for contacts). If a baby tooth is knocked out, the tooth should not be replanted. The patient should be seen as soon as possible to make sure there are no remaining pieces of the tooth lodged in the mouth.

What Should I Do if I Cut My Lip or Tongue?

What should you do if you slice open your cheek? What happens if you bite through your tongue? Soft tissue injuries to the cheek, lips, or tongue are very common. The wound should be cleaned immediately with warm water, and the injured person should be taken directly to an emergency dentist. If you can't get to an emergency dentist, the patient should be taken to the hospital. Bleeding from a tongue laceration can be reduced by pulling the tongue forward and using gauze to place pressure on the wound.