EMERGENCY DENTAL CARE IN LA JOLLA
If you have a dental emergency,
please call us at (858) 459-4113
Though all dental offices operate according to scheduled hours, injuries to the teeth, gums, and other parts of the mouth can occur at any time. If you live in or around San Diego, Dr. Jacob Russell offers a number of emergency dentistry services for patients in need.
If you need emergency dental treatment, please call the La Jolla office of Jacob Russell, DDS, at (858) 459-4113. Dr. Russell is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help patients with urgent dental health needs.
What Is a Dental Emergency?
Some common dental problems develop over time due to improper hygiene or chronic illness. However, others happen suddenly due to trauma, and require immediate treatment to prevent complications.
Common examples of dental emergencies include:
- Sudden tooth pain
- Chipped or cracked tooth
- A tooth that is partially or completely knocked out
- Abscess (infection occurring between teeth and gums)
- Severe inflammation of gum tissue
Loose or damaged fillings, crowns, and other restorations should also be treated as an emergency. If left unattended, remaining tooth structure will lose stability and you’ll be at greater risk for bacteria buildup and infection.
Dental Emergencies – What Should I Do?
In the event of an emergency like the ones mentioned above, contact your dentist immediately. Dr. Russell makes himself available at all times, including nights, weekends, and even holidays, to provide patients with the emergency dentistry they need.
When you visit Dr. Russell’s office near San Diego, he will conduct a full examination of your teeth and gums. X-rays and other imaging tests might be required to detect injury or potential health issues.
Once he’s determined the cause of your emergency, Dr. Russell will discuss treatment options. These might include:
- Fillings or other restorations to treat decayed or fractured teeth
- Laser gum therapy to reduce swelling of gum tissue
- Antibiotics and other necessary medications
If you’re suffering from a severe dental health issue that requires oral surgery or another specialty procedure, Dr. Russell can refer you to a qualified local specialist. Having practiced dentistry in the San Diego area for over 35 years, Dr. Russell has forged connections with a number of dental professionals who share his dedication to personalized, quality care.
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
What is a dental emergency?
A dental emergency is a problem that requires immediate action to save a tooth, treat severe pain or stop ongoing bleeding. An emergency usually arises abruptly and can be due to an accident or trauma. Typically, the attention of a dental professional is required to treat a dental emergency.
Am I having a dental emergency?
You might be if you:
- Are in severe pain
- Have a loose tooth or teeth
- Have suffered a blow to the face or mouth
- Have ongoing bleeding/swelling from the mouth
- Have bulges in your gums
What are the most common dental emergencies?
The most common dental emergencies are chipped or cracked teeth, teeth that are knocked out, swelling and toothaches.
If I experience a dental emergency, what should I do?
Call Dr. Russell’s office at (858) 459-4113 at your earliest convenience, even if it is outside of normal business hours. Dr. Russell is available for urgent dental emergencies at any hour of the day or time of the week. It’s a good idea to carry the office phone number with you at all times.
How can I avoid a dental emergency?
Some emergencies are unavoidable, while many can be prevented. First, see your dentist on a regular (yearly) basis to check your teeth and gums for any problems. If you play sports, wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth. Also, avoid chewing very hard foods or ice, which are known to cause tooth fractures. If a crown or dental restoration feels loose, schedule an appointment with Dr. Russell immediately.
In the event of an emergency, please call the office of Jacob Russell, DDS, immediately at (858) 459-4113. To learn more about our dentistry services, please contact us online. Dr. Russell is proud to serve patients from communities throughout San Diego and La Jolla.