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Emergency Dental in Long Beach

From severe pain to sudden injuries, some things just can’t wait. We recommend regular checkups to prevent sudden problems as much as possible, but we understand that life happens.

At our dental office, we offer same-day appointments for emergency or urgent dental care. Whether your crisis is functional or cosmetic, we’re here to help.

Don’t Wait to Get Out of Pain

Dr. Velasquez and his wife will personally answer the phone after hours or call you right back if it goes to voicemail. We’ll get you in as soon as possible. We start every appointment with a medical history and blood pressure check to make sure you’re stable. If you’re facing a more serious medical crisis, we’d rather send you to the ER first and deal with any tooth issues afterwards.

  • Root Canals: Root canals are the most frequent urgent case we see. In most cases, we will save the tooth and get you out of pain. If it’s too late to save the tooth, we’ll extract it, drain the swelling, and prescribe antibiotics so infection doesn’t spread.
  • Swelling: Swelling in the mouth can indicate a serious condition requiring attention, especially if accompanied by fever or difficulty swallowing or breathing. Facial swelling associated with cavities, infection, or boils also needs immediate treatment.
  • Toothache: Toothache might come from a cavity, but it can also result from issues such as gum recession and advanced gum problems, root exposure, root caries, root infection due to bone loss, and deep cavities that have penetrated the nerve. If you’re experiencing significant pain, you need to get it checked right away.
  • Loss of a Tooth: If trauma knocks a tooth out from the socket, we can still help save it. To preserve your tooth, clean it properly and store it in a closed container filled with milk. Then bring it to us, and we’ll take care of the rest.
  • Cracked or Fractured Tooth: If you feel sharp pain when you bite down, you may have a fractured tooth. Every time you bite down, the crack opens, then snaps shut when you release. This causes pain, since even microscopic cracks expose the pulp, or soft tissue inside the tooth. Irritated pulp can make your teeth sensitive to temperature, while damaged or diseased pulp may require a root canal.Teeth can crack for various reasons, like grinding and clenching, pressure, aging, large fillings, extreme changes in temperature, and chewing on hard foods like nuts. Depending on the severity of the fracture, we may restore the tooth with bonding, an onlay, or a crown. A severely cracked tooth may need extraction. If you’re in pain, avoid chewing on that side of your mouth and get in to see us as soon as possible. As long as we can catch tiny cracks in the early stage, we can easily treat the issue using conservative measures before it escalates into a bigger problem.
  • Loss of Filling: A filling that comes out often leaves a big hole and sharp edges behind, irritating your tongue, cheeks, and soft tissues. We’ll replace the filling right away. In the meantime, bandage the hole by packing it with a temporary cement like TempAid (available from any drugstore or pharmacy), or you can leave it open and keep it clean.
  • Broken Denture: In addition to being uncomfortable, a broken denture can damage the ridge (existing bone) or irritate the gums and tongue. Old dentures often break because they no longer fit properly. Constant chewing causes your bone and gums to change shape over time, so a denture that hasn’t been updated can eventually become loose and break.
  • Broken or Loose Crowns and Bridges: Broken or loose crowns and bridges irritate the tongue and soft tissues and can cause further damage if unaddressed. In addition to repairing the crown or bridge, we’ll also examine the surrounding area. You may have a cavity underneath or nearby the crown or bridge that caused it to break.

Other Conditions We See

We see patients with any kind of emergency affecting the teeth or mouth, including facial swelling, canker sores, bleeding gums, tooth sensitivity, jaw pain, tooth infections, abscesses, and more. Even wisdom teeth can be an urgent procedure if pain pops up suddenly. Whether you need mouth surgery or a simple fix, we’ll get you in immediately to resolve the problem.

Book an Appointment Now

Don’t worry about our normal office hours. If you’re in pain or crisis, book an emergency appointment right now.

Emergency Dentistry Long Beach CA | (562) 424-9473