Emergency Dentist in Torrance, CA
Severe dental pain can keep you from doing your job or enjoying your day. The dental office of Dr. Matthew Thunberg, D.D.S. and Steven J. Kend, D.D.S provides professional emergency dental care in Torrance – call us right away if you are experiencing a dental emergency.
There are many causes of tooth pain. Some are minor, but some have permanent consequences. Prolonging professional dental care can turn a simple issue into a complex problem.
It is important to contact Drs. Thunberg and Kend as soon as possible so that we can get you into our office promptly to diagnose and treat the problem.
Common Causes of Dental Emergencies
Pulpitis refers to the inflammation of a tooth’s inner tissue (pulp),. Typically, this is due to decay that has reached the pulp. Symptoms include sensitivity to hot, cold or sweet foods and drinks, and general or localized pain in the mouth or jaw.
Depending on the extent of decay, the tooth may be saved by a simple filling or root canal treatment. In more advanced cases, extraction may be necessary. Sometimes, pulpitis can result from trauma or severe gum disease (periodontitis). Antibiotics are usually necessary.
An abscess is a painful infection in or around the root of a tooth and like pulpitis, is generally due to extensive tooth decay. Symptoms include fever, pain, a foul taste in the mouth, redness, and swelling. If left untreated, an abscess can lead to life-threatening conditions such as sepsis or meningitis. Treatment consists of a course of antibiotics and often root canal treatment or extraction of the tooth. It is vital to get treatment for an abscessed tooth.
Trauma to the teeth
A loosened, broken, or dislodged tooth is always a dental emergency. Always look for the broken pieces or dislodged tooth. Rinse your mouth and the tooth with warm water but do not disturb any fragments attached to the tooth. Try to reinsert it, making sure the tooth is facing the correct way. If this is not possible, store tooth or fragments in milk or water with a pinch of salt and call the office immediately.
Having a Dental Emergency? Call our Torrance Emergency Dentist Now!
We take your dental emergency very seriously and will make every effort to see you quickly. If we are not in the office when you call, our answering service will be able to reach us, and we will arrange for you to be seen as soon as possible.
Call Dr. Thunberg or Dr. Kend now at (310) 373-8821