Emergency Dentistry in Woodland Hills & Manhattan Beach

woman holding jaw from tooth pain during dental emergency If you’ve ever had a dental emergency, you’ll know how it can often strike at the most inconvenient time.

Even if you are diligent about taking care of your teeth, it is likely that at some point, you or someone in your family will have a dental emergency that needs to be attended to immediately. You may even notice some warning signs like mild tooth pain or swelling before things steadily get worse.

Compassionate Emergency Dental Care

Dental emergencies can cause stress, disrupt your schedule, and make day-to-day life painful. It is best not to put off treatment. Our gentle and compassionate dentists, Dr. Joel Gould and Dr. Gabe Adorjan, are committed to treating your dental emergencies quickly and effectively so you can get back to living life again.

Many patients hesitate to call when they experience unexpected tooth pain, but tooth-related pain rarely resolves on its own. Waiting may cause your condition to worsen, putting your teeth and your oral health at risk. During a vulnerable event like a severe dental emergency, most people want to see a familiar and compassionate face, which is why our friendly dental staff arrange to get you an appointment as soon as possible.

The first thing your Manhattan Beach and Woodland Hills dentist will attend to is relieving your pain and minimizing further damage to your teeth and gums. Our commitment to our patients means we get them back to their regularly scheduled lives as soon as possible.

What Constitutes a True Dental Emergency?

If you are asking yourself whether you have a dental emergency, give us a call. We can ask a series of questions that will help us determine if you need an emergency dental appointment. Some dental mishaps can wait a day or two for the next available appointment. Both our Woodland Hills and Manhattan Beach dental offices try to treat dental emergencies on the same day.

Most dental emergencies are due to an ongoing oral issue that was not treated. At Modern American Dentistry, we are big fans of preventive dental care to avoid painful or costly emergencies. Even with precautionary steps, there are always emergency circumstances we can’t predict or avoid, like car accidents, sports injuries, or illnesses. If you do find that you are experiencing unusual neck, jaw, or ear pain, you may need to see us immediately. Don’t try to tough it out; it will only become worse.

Many dental emergencies may start with an annoying throbbing ache that becomes a five-alarm fire in less time than it takes to watch a movie. By using modern dental technology and techniques, Drs. Gould and Adorjan will be able to identify and diagnose why pain is occurring. We always do everything in our power to save an infected or damaged tooth, so in some cases, time is of the essence.

If your tooth has been knocked out, we may be able to save it if you head to us immediately and if you keep it free from dirt and debris and from drying out. One of the simplest ways of protecting your tooth is to simply hold it in your mouth (beware of swallowing it!) and keep it safe.

If a dental crown or filling has fallen out, you may be able to wait until the next available appointment so long as there is no pain, and if you are comfortable with it. We would rather see our patients when they are concerned than turn them away.

Other common dental emergencies include:

  • Broken tooth
  • Chipped or cracked tooth
  • A lost or broken dental restoration
  • Swelling Pain
  • Unusual tooth discoloration
  • Tooth trauma
  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity
  • Bleeding gums that won’t stop

If you experience any of the above symptoms, contact us right away and let us guide you back to good health and comfort.

Your Manhattan Beach, CA Dental Emergency AppointmentMan and woman smiling up at camera

Many people may panic and be unsure of what to do during a dental emergency. The obvious person to call is your local dentist, but there are some situations where we advise patients to go directly to the emergency room. As a rule of thumb, you should always go to the emergency room to treat severe pain or unstoppable bleeding.

If you are an existing patient, you can count on us to address your concerns even in the event of an after-hours dental emergency. Call our dental office and follow the instructions. One of our dentists will get back to you quickly.

If you are a new patient, you will still receive the same excellent care. Once we address your dental emergency and restore your comfort, we will set up a comprehensive exam so you can avoid similar problems in the future.

When you arrive in our office, we will take an x-ray of the affected area. We use high-resolution digital x-rays for the best images to make an accurate diagnosis. Once Dr. Gould or Dr. Adorjan diagnoses your condition, we will treat it to eliminate pain and then schedule any necessary follow-up appointments to complete your treatment.

Our Comprehensive Services Can Treat Your Dental Emergency

It’s midnight on a school night, and you are experiencing a painful dental emergency. The very last thing you can handle is driving around to different places to find someone who can treat various aspects of your emergency. Our Manhattan Beach and Woodland Hills dentists can treat almost all dental emergencies immediately. We can start treating you right away for the following oral health services:

  • Restore dental crowns or veneers
  • Restore fallen out fillings
  • Repair damaged dental bridge or denture
  • Dental extraction to reduce infection
  • Root canal therapy
  • Gum disease treatment

How to Avoid Dental Emergencies

The best way to avoid dental emergencies is to stay current with your dental care. A small investment of time and money in prevention can save you thousands of dollars and countless hours during your lifetime.

Developing a strict at-home oral health routine and sticking to it is invaluable in saving you time, energy, money, and peace of mind. Investing in a good quality electric toothbrush with a built-in timer ensures that you spend the right amount of time on each tooth. 

Regular dental exams, professional dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, dental sealants, diagnostic x-rays, and a nightguard when applicable are all great investments in the future of your smile. We will recommend appropriate preventive treatment to help you stay healthy. If your Modern American Dentistry dentist has recommended a course of action, don’t put it off. A loose or weakened dental crown or filling will never magically get better, and can quickly have you seeking after-hours medical attention. Many of the dental treatments we recommend, like root canal therapy, are designed to prevent emergency visits. Ignoring necessary oral health treatment can snowball your dental issue into a significant problem.

Are You Experiencing Dental Pain in Woodland Hills, CA?

Don’t hesitate! Call us right away! Our caring Woodland Hills and Manhattan Beach dental teams will provide a positive dental experience unlike any other. Our patients truly appreciate the value and personalized care they receive when they join our dental family.