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Emergency Dentistry

The Melrose Dentist

Cosmetic & Implant Dentists located in Melrose Hill, Los Angeles, CA

If you damage a restoration, lose a tooth, or develop a severe toothache, emergency dentistry can relieve any discomfort and quickly rehabilitate your smile. At The Melrose Dentist in the East Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, Leora Sheily, DDS, makes time for same-day emergency dentistry appointments whenever possible. To schedule an appointment, call to speak with a member of the administrative staff, book online today, or walk-in during business hours.

Emergency Dentistry Q&A

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What is emergency dentistry?

Emergency dentistry provides diagnosis and treatment of oral health problems that require immediate care.

If you lose a crown, chip a tooth, or get hit in the mouth, it’s important to seek professional medical help as soon as possible. Visiting The Melrose Dentist within an hour of your first symptoms could mean the difference between a quick check-up or a more complex oral surgery.

What problems can emergency dentistry treat?

The Melrose Dentist uses emergency dentistry to treat a variety of common oral health problems, including:

  • Cracked, chipped, or otherwise damaged teeth
  • Cavities or sensitive teeth
  • Severe toothaches
  • TMJ Pain
  • Damaged or missing dental restorations
  • Oral cuts and lacerations
  • Abscesses
  • Canker sores
  • Painful cold sores
  • Objects stuck between teeth
  • Knocked-out teeth

You might also benefit from emergency dentistry if you bite your tongue, lip, or cheek, and it won’t stop bleeding. 

What should I do if I lose or damage a dental restoration?

If you lose or damage a dental restoration, act as quickly as possible. Carefully pick up any pieces that you’re able to find and rinse them off in cool tap water. Then, put them in a plastic bag or wrap them in a piece of aluminum foil. Once you’ve secured the restoration, contact The Melrose Dentist.

The administrative staff asks you a series of questions and gets you in for a same-day appointment. If you’re experiencing any pain or swelling, they can also provide tips to minimize your discomfort on the way to the office. 

How can I prevent a dental emergency?

Practicing good oral hygiene is the easiest way to prevent a dental emergency. The Melrose Dentist recommends brushing twice daily, flossing regularly, and visiting the office at least twice a year for an oral exam and professional cleaning. 

In addition, protect your teeth if you enjoy contact or extreme sports. Activities like football, hockey, skateboarding, and mountain biking significantly increase your risk of chipped, cracked, or knocked-out teeth. Wearing a mouthguard is an easy way to prevent damage. If you grind your teeth or clench your jaw, you might also want to wear a night guard during sleep.

Lastly, avoid bad habits like nail-biting, chewing on ice, or opening packaging with your teeth. Making minor changes like these can ensure your smile remains healthy and in optimal condition for years to come.

If you’re in need of emergency dentistry, request a consultation at The Melrose Dentist. Call to speak with a member of the administrative staff, walk-in during business hours, or book online today.