Emergency Dentistry

When you experience unexpected dental pain or discomfort, Half Moon Bay Family Dentistry is ready to help. Our team is pleased to offer urgent dental care to help you in your time of need. We'll relieve your pain and get you on the road to recovery.

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What Is Considered a Dental Emergency?

Although some situations require emergency dental care, not every condition needs immediate attention. That creates a question for many patients: How do you know when to seek emergency dental services?

A slight chip or crack of a tooth while chewing may create minor discomfort, but most patients can schedule an appointment to fix the issue. However, you must seek immediate dental attention if a tooth is knocked out entirely.

Other signs of a dental emergency may include the following:

Severe pain, which could indicate an infection
Accidental injury to your mouth or jaw
A lost permanent tooth
Excessive bleeding
Pus or a noticeable infection causing swelling in the face or jaw

If you are unsure whether your situation is a true dental emergency, call Half Moon Bay Family Dentistry, and we'll help you determine the best response.

What Are Common Dental Emergencies?

Half Moon Bay emergency dentistry covers a wide range of dental emergencies in our coastside community. Our friendly team is prepared to treat your condition, whether you have an unbearable toothache or a swollen face.

These are some of the most common dental emergencies we treat:

Chipped teeth
Cracked teeth
Sensitivity to hot or cold
Knocked-out tooth
Lost crown or filling
Broken denture
Broken braces
Loose adult teeth
Gums, lips, or tongue injury
Jaw pain
Something stuck between teeth

Dental emergencies are unpredictable, but you can rest assured that you'll be cared for properly by our team.

Hockey player missing a front tooth

Caring Dentist for Your Kid’s Dental Emergency

At Half Moon Bay Family Dentistry, we practice family-friendly dentistry, including dental emergencies. Children love to run, jump, and climb, which increases their chances of falling. Unfortunately, this also increases their chances of requiring urgent dental care.

We have the top emergency kids’ dentists in the area. Dr. Riley and Dr. Gabby are gentle with kids and know how to keep them calm throughout emergency treatment. Your children will feel safe and cared for during this scary time.

young boy with a emergency dental injury on bottom teeth.

Can I Visit the ER for a Dental Emergency?

The best action after a dental emergency is to visit an emergency dentist. However, there may be times when this is not feasible. You can go to the emergency room, where you will likely be given antibiotics and pain medication and referred to a dentist.

A doctor in the emergency room cannot pull a tooth. It is not legal for anyone other than a licensed dentist to pull teeth, complete root canals, or provide most other forms of dental care.

It’s best to seek out a dentist who handles emergencies, like Half Moon Bay Family Dentistry as soon as possible.

Preventing a Dental Emergency

Many dental emergencies occur because of an underlying condition that has yet to be treated. Our caring staff will never lecture or judge you. Instead, we will help you become more active in your oral health to prevent another emergency. Routine visits to your Half Moon Bay dentist will reduce your chances of needing emergency dental care.

Using a mouthguard during sports activities is essential to protect your teeth and mouth from potential injury. A mouthguard can help absorb impact and prevent teeth from chipping, breaking, or getting knocked out. It can also help prevent a concussion or brain trauma. It's important to wear a custom-fitted mouthguard from Half Moon Bay Family Dentistry and have it replaced if it becomes damaged or worn out.

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Half Moon Bay

780 Purissima St. Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 726-2156
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