If you have a dental emergency, call us right away at 858-794-0231. We will get you in on the same day to see Dr. Markle.
Dr. Markle will always make room for an emergency during office hours. If you are experiencing some kind of dental emergency, such as extreme pain or a broken or otherwise damaged tooth, please call us and we will get you in as soon as possible. Dr. Markle will remedy the immediate pain or damage and, as needed, do further investigation to determine the cause of your condition.
Meanwhile, below are a few tips to relieve the pain or minimize the damage.
Immediate remedies for dental emergencies
- Toothache – rinse your mouth out with warm water, and with dental floss remove particles of food. If you have a swollen mouth, apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth.
- Lost dental filling– seal the filling area with some sugarless gum or dental cement you can buy over the counter at the drug store.
- Knocked out tooth – if you can, save the tooth. Hold it by the crown and rinse off the root if it’s dirty but don’t scrub it. Try to put the tooth back in, making sure it is facing the right way. Otherwise, put it in a container of milk or water with salt or an over-the-counter product such as Save-a-Tooth. Call us right away. We can often save your tooth if we can return it to its socket within a short time.
- Loose crown – if your crown falls off, try to slip it back over the tooth, first preparing the inside with over-the-counter dental cement, denture adhesive or even toothpaste. Otherwise, bring the crown with you.
- Broken tooth – save the pieces if you can to bring with you. Rinse your mouth with warm water to get rid of any remaining small broken pieces. If you have pain, apply a cold compress to the area.
- Dental abscess – call us immediately as dental abscesses can lead to a serious infection if not treated right away. To ease the pain and to try drawing the infection to the surface, rinse your mouth with a mild salt-water solution of ½ teaspoon salt in 8 ounces of water several times a day.
- Bitten tongue, lip or gum – clean the area and apply an ice pack.
- Broken jaw – call us immediately.