Emergency Dentistry In Mission Viejo

Reasons For Needing An Emergency Dentist Visit

If your mouth hurts, you need to see an emergency dentist in Mission Viejo. It's just that simple. A dental emergency is any situation that's causing you serious discomfort, pain, or oral bleeding. If your situation meets any of those conditions, you should see a dentist right away. 

That means lots of things may require emergency dentistry. Everything from a toothache to a pulled-out filling, a broken or knocked-out tooth, or even a piece of food stuck between your teeth may need treatment from a dentist like Dr. Pegah Naji . If you think your condition needs emergency dental care, contact us at (949) 273-1900 to discuss it with our team, and get the help you need.

Emergency dentist in Mission Viejo

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Tooth pain could indicate a very deep cavity or an infected tooth, which are both dental emergencies, and may require root canal therapy.

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How Can I Relieve My Pain Before My Visit?

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Take over-the-counter painkillers

You can take ibuprofen, naproxen, or a similar over-the-counter painkiller to help with your pain and discomfort. This may provide you with some relief before your visit.

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Ice the cheek near the affected area

Particularly for tooth pain or oral injuries, icing the area can help numb it and reduce swelling. Ice the area for no more than 10 minutes at a time to avoid damaging the tissue.

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Use a topical anesthetic

If you have some handy, you can use Orajel or a similar topical anesthetic to numb the area. This is a good option for a toothache.

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Visit our office ASAP

All the above steps will only provide temporary relief. To get help, you need to see a Mission Viejo dentist like Dr. Naji. Unless you get help right away, it's likely that your condition will only get worse.

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Root canals

If you are experiencing signs of a tooth infection such as darkening or discoloration of a tooth, pain, sensitivity to hot and cold, swollen gums, an abscess, a hole in your tooth, and facial swelling, then you likely need a root canal.

As long as the tooth is still salvageable and the infection hasn’t traveled to the deepest layers of the tooth, a root canal has a 95% success rate of saving the tooth from tooth extraction. During your emergency care appointment, we will administer local anesthesia to relieve your pain.

A pulpectomy will be performed during this appointment which involves removing the center layer of the tooth, known as the dental pulp. This will relieve the pain because we are removing the source of the infection.

The infected pulp and the tooth's roots will be scraped out and the canals are thoroughly cleaned. Then, the tooth is refilled with a special permanent filling called gutta-percha. After sealing the access hole, some teeth may be protected with a dental crown. This may be split into multiple appointments but the removal of the infection will be done on the first day you come to our office for an emergency dental treatment appointment.

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In some cases, a tooth cannot be saved because the decay has spread too far through the tooth, the tooth has broken off at the gum line, is severely damaged, the tooth is extremely loose, or you have painful impacted wisdom teeth.

We will always explore every restorative option before resorting to an extraction . If your tooth is not salvageable, the best option is to remove and replace it so an infection doesn't spread to your other teeth or through your bloodstream and so we can restore your tooth functionality and smile.

Dental Crowns

If you have a weakened or damaged tooth from dental trauma or a broken tooth, a dental crown can prevent further breakage and hold the broken tooth together to prevent the need for an extraction. We will recommend that you get a crown made of durable materials if you have significant damage or fractures.

This will restore your ability to chew without worrying about damaging the tooth even more. A crown can also prevent infection by keeping your tooth intact and preventing the pulp from becoming damaged.

Tooth Restorations

If you have knocked out a tooth or need an extraction, you don’t need to live with missing teeth. We offer many different options for tooth replacement, including dental implants , dentures , dental bridges , and implant-retained dentures .

We always recommend that patients opt for dental implants when possible, but if this doesn't fit your budget or you're not a good candidate, the other restorations will restore support to your mouth, assist with tooth functionality, fill in gaps in your smile, and prevent your teeth from shifting.

The important thing is to replace the missing tooth fast before you deal with the consequences of bone loss such as moving teeth, changes to your bite, and changes to your facial appearance.

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I just had the best experience at this place! I had a dental emergency (cracked tooth) and Dr Naji and her crew patched me up. They Made sure I got an appointment right away (not always the case for new patients!), gave me a range of options, and made sure my treatment was effective and pain-free. All costs were very transparent and reasonable. Highly recommended!

Carla Arnold
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I loved the care I received at Smile Dental Boutique. Dr Naji and her staff are wonderful! Dr Naji is exceptional and experienced . She is kind, patient and expert at what she does. She was beyond my expectations. She explained every step very well. She gave me options to choose for my treatment. I highly recommend Smile Dental Boutique to all my family and friends.

Elham A.
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I had a great experience with Dr. Naji. Her office has the most advanced state of the art equipment, which made my cleaning and cavity filling super quick and easy. Dr. Naji was extremely gentle and helpful in explaining the procedure. I would 100% recommend her services to anyone and will be coming back.

Zach A.
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The doctor and his assistant are truly amazing. The office is renovated, clean, offers complimentary drinks and Netflix on request. The doctor is extremely skilled and respects the needs and desires of her patients without judgment. They were able to work with me and my wife for us to achieve the best results possible. I would recommend her with my eyes closed.

Felipe T.
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Best dental experience I've ever had! Dr. Naji went beyond my expectations. She took the time hear my needs and explained the procedure using my x-rays and pictures. I am very happy with the treatment I received. I highly recommend this office and will definitely be coming back.

Nathan N.
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I am beyond amazed with the treatment I received today. After looking for the right dentist, I’ve finally found the one! Dr. Naji is skilled, professional, and beyond compare. She listened to my concerns and provided me with the best treatment plan. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a new dentist!! While I was getting my treatment done, I was able to watch Netflix which made me feel 1000x more comfortable. Don’t look anywhere else! I promise you will get the best experience here.

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Have questions about Emergency Dentistry? Find answers here.

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How Do I Know If It’s a Dental Emergency?

A dental emergency is any situation where you sustain injury, damage, decay, or pain that requires immediate dental treatment to prevent the problem from worsening and to relieve your discomfort.

This can include severe tooth pain, signs of a tooth infection like swelling and an abscess, a knocked-out tooth, dental trauma that results in damaged, cracked, or loose teeth, and uncontrollable bleeding.

These are just some examples of dental emergencies. If you're not sure if your problem qualifies as a dental emergency, ask yourself if it can wait for a normal appointment. If it can, then it's likely not an emergency.

Don't hesitate to call us and we can help you deal with the situation until you can get to the Mission Viejo dentist and we can let you know if your symptoms qualify as a dental emergency.

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What Should I Do If I Knock Out My Tooth?

If you or your child has a knocked-out tooth, don't panic. This is a common dental emergency but it is time sensitive so you have the best chances of reattaching the tooth if you follow these instructions as soon as possible.

Once an hour has passed, the likelihood of being able to save the tooth greatly diminishes. If you've lost the tooth or left it somewhere on the ground, you need to find it and rinse it under some water. Don't hold the tooth by the root, only hold it by the crown.

After rinsing it off, see if you can reattach it by firmly pushing it back into the socket. It can be helpful to try to bite down as you do this. If you aren't able to reattach it, you will need to keep it moist by storing it in a container of either milk or your own saliva.

Bring this with you to the dentist in Mission Viejo and call us right away to make an emergency appointment. If you can get here within 30 minutes of the tooth being knocked out, you have the best chance of saving the tooth. We can splint the tooth to hold it in place but if it can't be saved, you may need to replace the tooth.

What If I Broke My Tooth?

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If your tooth is broken, you should first make sure that you aren't bleeding and don't have any sharp fragments in your mouth that will cut you. Rinse your mouth with warm water to remove any fragments of your tooth that could be left behind.

If you can find the broken part of your tooth, you can store it in milk or saliva and bring it to the dentist with you and we may be able to attach it. If not, we can just rebuild the rest of the tooth with composite resin.

The tooth may need to be protected with a dental crown if it's located in the back of the mouth. If you're in pain, take anti-inflammatory pain medication. Call us right away so we can repair the tooth and ensure that you haven't caused any damage to your tooth's pulp which could require root canal therapy.

What Should I Do for Pain or Swelling?

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Pain can be relieved with anti-inflammatory pain medication and rinsing your mouth with a lukewarm saltwater solution. Swelling can be managed by keeping your head elevated and applying a cold compress to the area for 15 minutes on and off. Don't try to manage your pain by yourself. Contact us as soon as possible to make an appointment.


We Offer Same-Day, After-Hours,
And Weekend Appointments

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At Smile Dental Boutique, our team is always here for you. We offer same-day emergency dentistry for all of our patients. If you're experiencing a dental emergency, you can give us a call at ( 949) 273-1900 . Discuss your situation, and our team will fit you in as soon as possible. 

We offer after-hours dental care, too. After-hours emergency calls will be transferred to Dr. Naji, and she can work with you to provide the dental care you need, whenever you need it. That's why we also offer weekend appointments. We know that dental pain can't always wait until Monday, so we often see emergency patients on Saturday and Sunday, upon request.


Why Go To The Dentist Instead Of The ER?

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The simplest answer is that the ER is not equipped to handle dental emergencies. Most dental emergencies aren't life-threatening, and the emergency room is meant for life-threatening emergencies. Usually, you'll be turned away if you try to go to the ER with a dental emergency. They typically don't even have dentists available to handle dental emergencies. 

Even if they do have a dentist on-staff, though, you'll end up paying a lot more money for your treatment. ER fees are extremely high, and your insurance may not cover all of these costs. As long as your issue is not life-threatening, it's best to see an emergency dentist in Mission Viejo, like Dr. Naji. 

Of course, use your best judgment. If you truly believe your life is at risk or that you have a very serious issue like a broken jaw, you should go to the ER. In most cases, though, it's better to come and visit the team at Smile Dental Boutique.

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