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COVID-19 Update From Covina Family Dental

Emergency Dentist – Covina, CA

Fast Pain-Relief & Oral Restoration

Dental emergencies are stressful to handle, which is why our team at Covina Family Dental makes sure that we’re with you throughout every step of the process. When you call our office, we’ll provide you with over-the-phone first-aid guidance and schedule your appointment for as soon as possible, so you won’t have to sit in pain. If you’re in pain or experience any out-of-the-ordinary symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact our team today!

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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The first step you should take when you’re in the midst of a dental emergency is to call our office. As you’re making your way to our office, here are some steps you should take at home to reduce your risk of additional damage and prepare for your appointment.

Toothaches

Severe toothaches can often result in swelling and be the result of infection. However, before you jump to any conclusions, try gently flossing around your affected tooth to see if there’s any object lodged in the area that’s causing you pain. If not, it’s likely that you require emergency treatment. In the meantime, you can take over-the-counter pain medication and place a cold compress on the area for 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off to reduce any swelling.

Chipped/Broken Tooth

If your tooth has broken off and left a sharp edge that’s irritating or scraping the inside of your cheeks or lips, you can cover the area with orthodontic wax or a piece of sugar-free gum to be more comfortable. Collect the pieces of your tooth or teeth and bring them to your appointment.

Knocked-Out Tooth

If your tooth becomes dislodged from its socket, it’s important to try to get to our office within an hour of the incident so we have a better chance of successfully replanting your tooth. Before you come, retrieve your tooth from the ground and only handle it by the biting surface, not the roots. Gently rinse it under cool water and store it in a sealable container full of milk or salt water to keep it moist. Be sure to bring your tooth with you to your visit.

Lost Filling/Crown

As a temporary solution, you can rinse and reattach your crown or filling to your tooth using a dab of denture adhesive or toothpaste. However, you’ll still need to visit our office so we can either repair or replace the restoration.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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Preventing dental emergencies is relatively easy, just be sure to follow these precautionary measures:

  • Visit Dr. Tran every six months for your checkups and cleanings.
  • Keep up with your at-home dental hygiene routine.
  • Maintain a nutritious diet.
  • Avoid bad oral habits such as smoking and teeth grinding.
  • Wear protective gear while playing sports.

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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Different dental emergencies require different treatments, which means there’s no singular cost for an urgent visit. During your appointment, your emergency dentist, Dr. Tran, will assess the damage and discuss each of your possible treatment options with you. We never leave our patients in the dark, so if you have any questions or concerns about the cost of your procedure, don’t hesitate to talk to our team! We’re an in-network provider with Delta Dental, Cigna, and Sun Life Assurant, and even offer additional in-house payment plan to make the cost of your visit easily manageable.