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Emergency Dentistry

Downey Smile Center

Dentists located in Downey, CA

A dental emergency can occur when you least expect it, whether a cracked tooth or a severe toothache. At Downey Smile Center in Downey, California, John Pham, DMD, and the team offer emergency dentistry to provide the urgent dental care you need to repair the damage, ease your pain, and possibly save your tooth. If you or your child needs urgent dental care, call the office today or click the online booking tool.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What is emergency dentistry?

Emergency dentistry is a dental specialty that provides immediate care for unexpected and urgent dental matters. The team at Downey Smile Center are experienced dentists who have made room in their schedule to provide care for unanticipated dental emergencies. Getting immediate dental care, no matter the issue may ensure that you don’t lose your tooth.

When do I need emergency dentistry?

Any trauma to your mouth that affects your teeth or gums should be evaluated right away. This may include:

  • Laceration to your gums
  • Broken tooth
  • Knocked out tooth
  • Cracked tooth
  • Lost crown or filling

You should also call the office if you’re experiencing tooth pain, swelling, or sensitivity. 

What should I do before my emergency dental appointment?

Your provider may offer specific instructions on managing your dental emergency before you get to the office, which may help save your tooth. This may include:

Knocked out tooth

For a knocked-out tooth, the team may suggest you keep the loose tooth in the socket, careful not to disturb the root or between your teeth and gums, so it stays moist. If that’s not possible, they may suggest storing your tooth in a covered container with milk or a tooth-preservation solution you can find at your pharmacy.

With proper care, your provider can often place your knocked-out tooth back into its normal position. This is also true for a chipped tooth.

Cracked tooth

You should rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to minimize swelling for a cracked tooth. 


For a toothache, the team may recommend rinsing your mouth with warm water and flossing your teeth to remove any food debris that may irritate the tooth. 

What can I expect during emergency dental care?

You can expect comprehensive and attentive care when you come in for a dental emergency. Your provider first reviews your symptoms and then evaluates your teeth and gums. They may also conduct X-rays to look for fractures or other oral health issues.

After evaluating, your provider offers any necessary treatment to improve your oral health and restore your smile. Downey Smile Center is a full-service dental practice, and they can perform any dental care you or your child may need, including placement of crowns for a knocked out, cracked tooth, or root canal for a severe infection. 

Depending on your needs, your provider may request a follow-up visit to complete any additional dental work.

Dental emergencies can occur at any time. Call Downey Smile Center or book an appointment online today to get the expert and competent care you need.