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Emergency Dentistry – Los Gatos, CA

Here for You When You Need Us the Most

Dental emergencies happen in the blink of an eye, leaving you scared, in pain, and desperate for relief. At Los Gatos Dental Group, we want to be the dental office you turn to for the support and skilled care you need most during this difficult time. If you or a family member is experiencing severe dental damage or pain, contact our dental office right away! If your call falls within regular business hours, we’ll be able to provide treatment on the same day so that your recovery starts right away. We make every effort to see emergencies as soon as possible. Please understand that we already have a full schedule and will do our best to squeeze you in, but there may be some waiting times while we attend to others who have previously scheduled appointments. If it is after hours or on the weekend, please call the dental office. The recorded message will have instructions on how to reach our answering service, and they will get you in touch with one of our dentists for emergency dentistry in Los Gatos, CA.

Woman in need of emergency dentistry holding cheek in pain

Why Choose Los Gatos Dental Group for Emergency Dentistry?

  • Dental Sedation Available
  • Caring & Experienced Dental Team
  • Same-Day Emergency Appointments

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

Man determining how to handle common dental emergencies

When dealing with a dental emergency, it’s important to act fast so your mouth doesn’t sustain additional damage. Call our dental office as soon as possible and our team will provide you with helpful over-the-phone first-aid guidance as well as schedule an appointment for you the same day you call. Below, we’ve also provided some helpful tips on how to make you more comfortable and prepare for your appointment until you arrive at our dental office.

If you’re experiencing heavy oral bleeding or a broken jaw, don’t wait – go straight to your nearest emergency room. After your initial care, our team can assist you with correcting any damaged or lost teeth you suffered in the accident. Contact our Los Gatos, CA dental office today to schedule an emergency appointment!

Woman with knocked out tooth covering her mouth

Knocked-Out Tooth

Do you still have the tooth? Only hold it by the white portion (the crown) – don’t touch the root if you can help it. If the tooth is dirty, rinse it carefully and then place it back into its original socket. If this isn’t possible, either hold the tooth in your cheek or place it in a cup of milk, not water. Your goal is to not let the tooth dry out! Time is of the essence in this situation, so contact our dental office right away to schedule an emergency appointment. Once you arrive, we determine whether reattaching the tooth is possible.

Closeup of smile with broken tooth

Broken Tooth

If significant pieces of the tooth have been detached, gather them and bring them with you to our Los Gatos location. In the meantime, a cold compress held against the appropriate cheek should help reduce swelling.

Woman with toothache holding cheek

Toothache

A stuck piece of food or foreign debris could be causing the discomfort. Rinse and floss thoroughly to dislodge anything. Don’t place an aspirin on the gum tissue or tooth, as this could cause burning. If the discomfort continues, reach out to us immediately.

Woman with jaw pain holding her cheek

Head/Neck/Jaw Pain

If you’re experiencing jaw pain and neck tension, you know how it can dramatically impact your quality of life. With TMJ therapy in Los Gatos, it doesn’t have to! Dr. Diercks and Dr. Karamardian will start with a gentle, thorough evaluation of your jaw joints before recommending the best treatment for your needs.

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How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

Man flossing teeth to prevent dental emergencies

Although it’s impossible to completely prevent a dental emergency from happening, there are several ways that you can drastically reduce your risk of experiencing one. Some of these include:

  • Brush your teeth twice each day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss between your teeth at least one each day.
  • Rinse once a day with antimicrobial mouthwash.
  • Visit our team every six months for a checkup and cleaning.
  • Wear a protective nightguard if you grind your teeth.
  • Maintain a well-balanced diet.

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

Dental patient and team member discussing the cost of treating dental emergencies

The cost of your emergency appointment will depend on a variety of factors, including what treatment you require and whether you have dental insurance coverage. Our team will never leave you in the dark and will walk you through all of the details of our recommended treatment plan before conducting any procedures. That way, you know exactly what to expect financially and physically.

Root Canal Therapy

Animated inside of a tooth before root canal therapy

The words “root canal” have the tendency to strike fear in peoples’ hearts, which is why we’re happy to let you know that this procedure is actually comfortable, revitalizing, and highly successful when it comes to restoring badly damaged teeth that might otherwise have to be removed. Visit our root canal therapy page to learn more.

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Wisdom Tooth Extractions

Wisdom tooth after extraction

Our team’s top priority is to help you maintain a complete, healthy smile for life – but there are instances where extracting one or more teeth can actually be beneficial for your overall wellbeing. This is especially true with third molars (also known as wisdom teeth). Because these teeth are the last to emerge in your adult smile, there’s often not enough space for them, and people experience overcrowding, impaction, and infection as a result. The ideal age to have impacted wisdom teeth removed is before 25. After this age, the teeth have become large and fully formed, posing an increased risk of nerve damage during extraction surgery.

Many studies and experts have declared that even healthy, non-impacted wisdom teeth should be classified as a chronic health risk if not removed because of the high likelihood of these teeth causing systemic health issues in later life due to chronic inflammation and bacterial infection. About 90% of the wisdom teeth removal cases that we encounter in our dental office are very straightforward and can be treated using either nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or IV conscious sedation. The 10% that are more complicated are referred out to a local oral surgeon. If we determine that wisdom tooth extraction is necessary, you can count on our dentists and staff to handle the process as comfortably and effectively as possible.

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Contact Our Dental Office Today

Man calling dental office for emergency dentistry

If you’re experiencing heavy oral bleeding or a broken jaw, don’t wait – go straight to your nearest emergency room. After your initial care, our team can assist you with correcting any damaged or lost teeth you suffered in the accident. Contact our Los Gatos, CA dental office today to schedule an emergency appointment! We see people from Cupertino, Campbell, San Jose, Saratoga, and other surrounding areas.