Emergency Dentistry

Hyun S. Bang, DDS

General Dentistry located in Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA

A mouth wound, cracked tooth, or knocked-out teeth should all have you headed to an emergency dentist right away. The dental experts at Hyun S. Bang, DDS, in San Francisco can serve the emergency dental needs of everyone in your family. If you or a family member are facing a dental emergency, call the office or book an appointment online.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What is an emergency dentist?

An emergency dentist treats dental and mouth injuries that need immediate attention. Most dental emergencies are situations in which you might lose a broken or knocked-out tooth for good.

Visiting the team at Hyun S. Bang, DDS, within half an hour of your mouth or tooth injury gives you the best chance to save your tooth.

When should I call an emergency dentist?

Whenever you are concerned about a severe mouth injury or condition for yourself or a member of your family, it’s a good idea to seek immediate emergency dental care. Common dental emergency situations include:

  • Knocked-out teeth
  • A loose permanent tooth
  • Severe tooth or mouth pain
  • Bleeding inside your mouth from your tongue, gums, or cheeks
  • Trauma to your mouth or face
  • Uncomfortable swelling in your mouth, gums, or tongue
  • A badly cracked or broken tooth
  • A tear or laceration on your lips

You may not be dealing with a dental emergency if you chip a tooth but it doesn't appear as if you'll lose the tooth entirely.

Even so, it’s a good idea to contact one of the experienced dentists at Hyun S. Bang, DDS, so they can tell you how to handle your tooth until you can get to the office.

What do I do with a knocked-out tooth?

A knocked-out tooth is a serious dental emergency. Put off going to the dentist and there's a chance you'll lose the tooth.

To try and save the tooth, start by cleaning the injured tooth and the inside of your mouth. Rinse your mouth and tooth with warm water, being careful not to touch the tooth by the roots.

Gently handle the tooth by the crown (top) as you rinse it. Using light pressure, reposition the cleaned tooth in the empty socket in your gum.

Bite down softly on a gauze pad to hold the tooth in place until you can get to Hyun S. Bang, DDS. Call the office right away. Or, have a family member or friend call to let our staff know you're on your way.

If you are unable to place the tooth back into its socket, put your tooth in a small cup of milk to help preserve it until you get to the dental office. When you're facing a dental emergency, call Hyun S. Bang, DDS, for expert assistance.