Urgent Care

Urgent Care Specialist
Because dental emergencies are never planned, Dr. Dani Benyaminy provides as-needed appointments. Dr. Dani, located in the Century City/Westwood area of Los Angeles, makes time to treat patients in the event of a knocked out tooth, abscess or a toothache.

Urgent Care Q & A

by Dani Benyaminy, DDS

What types of dental issues require urgent care?

Among the most common dental emergencies that Dr. Dani treats in his practice are:

  • Wisdom tooth pain and infections
  • Permanent adult teeth that are knocked out
  • A cracked tooth
  • A chipped tooth
  • Injuries and cuts inside the mouth
  • Toothaches
  • A lost crown or filling
  • Gum pain, swelling, or abscess

Can a knocked out permanent tooth be saved?

In many cases, a permanent tooth can be replanted. Patients should keep the dislodged tooth moist until reaching the dentist. Gently rinse it in water to remove dirt, but don’t scrub. If possible, place the tooth back into the socket without touching the root (the part of the tooth that was under the gum). The root can be damaged easily and these cells are needed for reattachment. If the tooth can not be placed back into the socket, the next best thing is to store it in the mouth, or immerse it in milk or saliva and wrap it in a clean cloth. Similarly, if a tooth is chipped, keep the chipped piece moist with a couple of drops of water, then wrap the chip in gauze, place it inside a plastic bag and take it to the dentist immediately. Please note, baby teeth that are prematurely knocked out should not be put back in the socket. Doing so can negatively impact the permanent tooth underneath.

How can I prevent emergency issues?

Dr. Dani offers the following tips to minimize dental emergencies:

  • Wear a mouthguard when participating in sports.
  • Don’t chew ice, popcorn kernels or hard candy. These can cause a tooth to crack.
  • Don’t use your teeth to open or cut things. Always use scissors.
  • Visit the dentist for routine exams and cleanings twice a year. Without regular check-ups, dental issues can go undetected and turn into serious, emergencies.
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