Emergency Dentist in Torrance and San Pedro

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When you're facing an emergency, it can feel overwhelming, so it's important to know who to contact for help. At Total Family Dental Group, we offer the urgent dental care you need to get out of pain and back to enjoying your day. Our team is passionate about being readily available when you need us, which is why we offer emergency dentistry in Torrance and San Pedro.

We understand that when you or a loved one is in pain, you want quick, effective relief. That's why we offer same-day appointments whenever available to see you as soon as possible. We welcome all ages, from infants to seniors. Contact us today to learn how our urgent dental care in San Pedro and Torrance can restore your smile.


Do I Need Urgent Dental Care?

Some emergencies are obvious because you experience pain or there are visible signs that something is wrong and needs to be addressed. However, there are some scenarios where you may not experience pain but have visual clues that your dental structures are compromised. Our friendly team is here to guide you through both situations to help you enjoy optimal oral health.

If you're not sure if you're experiencing a dental emergency, call our office, and a member of our friendly team help you determine the best next steps and schedule an appointment for you. Here are some of the most common symptoms that require emergency dentistry:

  • Cracked tooth
  • Broken or knocked-out (avulsed) tooth
  • Broken, loose, or lost dental restoration
  • Pain in your tooth or jaw
  • Swollen gums
  • Puss near the bottom of the tooth
  • Abscess on the gums
  • Bleeding gums

Tips for Emergency Dental Situations

Knowing what to do in any emergency can have a significant impact on any following procedures and your recovery. That's why we empower you with the information you need to make smart choices in the moments following dental trauma or when you notice any symptoms requiring emergency dentistry. Here are some helpful tips to help you navigate urgent care situations until you can see our emergency dentist in Torrance:

  • Damaged Tooth: If your tooth is cracked or suddenly dark or grey, it's necessary to contact our office, and we will schedule an appointment. A compromised tooth can become infected and is susceptible to further damage due to the forces exerted when you chew food. Rinse your mouth with room-temperature water or salt water to help keep the tooth clean and avoid chewing near the area of the affected tooth.
  • Broken or Avulsed Tooth: When you have a broken or knocked-out tooth, it's important to gather the pieces or the whole tooth. Make sure you only touch the crown of the tooth and avoid handling the roots. Rinse the tooth with lukewarm water, place it in a glass of milk or saline solution, and bring the pieces of tooth to our dentist. Swish water in your mouth to wash out any debris.
  • Damaged or Missing Dental Restoration: Dental restorations are designed to protect your oral health, and if they're damaged it's essential to replace or repair them. If your restoration is broken, use dental wax to cover any sharp edges to protect the insides of your cheeks and lips from irritation. If your restoration is missing, contact our office immediately, and we'll set up an appointment to craft a new restoration to protect your oral health.
  • Tooth or Gum Pain: When your teeth or gums hurt, it impacts your entire day. To alleviate the pain, wrap an ice pack in a clean, soft towel and place it on the outside of your cheek near the affected area. Don't apply too much pressure because that can increase the pain. You can take an over-the-counter pain reliever to maximize your comfort until you see our dentist.
  • Swollen or Bleeding Gums: If your gums are swollen, apply an ice pack wrapped in a soft towel near the area to reduce the swelling. When your gums are bleeding, you can use clean gauze on the area and apply gentle pressure.

Urgent Dental Care FAQs

You know it's important to protect your smile, and it's natural to have questions about how to safeguard your oral health in an emergency. That's why we encourage you to ask questions and share your concerns. We are happy to provide the answers and information you need to feel confident in your treatment plan. Here are some of the most common questions we receive about emergency dentistry in San Pedro:

Should I go to the hospital if I have a dental emergency?

If a hospital doesn't have an emergency dentist on staff, they might send you to a dental office. You can visit our emergency dentist for your urgent dental care instead of visiting the hospital.

The goal of emergency dentistry is to get you out of pain. Our compassionate team does everything we can to maximize your comfort, regardless of the reason for your appointment.

Yes. You can visit either of our dental offices in Torrance or San Pedro in an emergency situation. We care about being there when you need us, including welcoming you into whichever office is closest to you in a dental emergency.

Our San Pedro Emergency Dentist

Emergency situations are stressful by nature, but knowing who can help you alleviates some of that anxiety. At Total Family Dental Group, we offer emergency dentistry in San Pedro and Torrance to protect our community's smiles. Whether your dental bridge is broken or your spouse is experiencing pain in a molar, you can count on our team to help. We combine years of experience with reliable treatments to provide the quality urgent dental care you deserve. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.



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