Emergency Dentistry

Scott Prawat, DDS

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Los Gatos, CA

Just like emergency health care, emergency dentistry is necessary for oral health issues that need treatment right away. Scott E. Prawat, DDS, provides emergency dental care for broken teeth, knocked-out teeth, or mouth pain at his private practice in Los Gatos, California. To learn more about dental emergency prevention or to address a dental emergency, call Dr. Prawat’s office, or book an appointment online today.

Emergency Dentistry Q&A

What is emergency dentistry?

Emergency dentistry is time-sensitive dental work necessary to preserve your oral health. Dental emergencies can happen unexpectedly, and Dr. Prawat is equipped with the latest and most advanced technology to save your teeth or restore the health of your mouth.

When a dental emergency happens, Dr. Prawat may take X-rays right away to diagnose or evaluate the extent of your oral health complication. He discusses your diagnosis and prognosis before planning an effective, personalized treatment. This might involve root canal therapy, extractions, oral surgery, or other procedures. 

No matter the type of emergency, Dr. Prawat works hard to relieve you of any pain that your injury or condition caused. 

If you experience a dental emergency, you should book an appointment as soon as possible. If your dental emergency involves a knocked-out tooth, keep the tooth moist in your mouth or in milk. Dr. Prawat may be able to save it. 

When do I need emergency dentistry?

Emergency dentistry applies to a wide range of dental conditions, injuries, and complications. Sometimes, dental emergencies happen as the result of acute injuries that happen very quickly. In other cases, oral health conditions develop slowly and eventually become dental emergencies needing immediate care. Some common dental emergencies include:

  • Knocked-out teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Objects stuck between teeth
  • Sudden, severe tooth pain from tooth decay or gum disease

If you come in with mouth pain and aren’t sure what’s causing it, Dr. Prawat diagnoses you quickly to treat your emergency in an appropriate manner. 

How can I prevent a dental emergency?

Dental emergencies aren’t always predictable or foreseeable, especially when they result from acute injuries. However, there are steps you can take to minimize your chances of experiencing an injury or complication requiring emergency dental care. Dr. Prawat recommends:

  • Attending dental exams and cleanings every six months
  • Brushing and flossing daily
  • Wearing a mouthguard while playing contact sports
  • Avoiding chewing on solid objects like ice cubes, candies, or popcorn seeds
  • Using scissors and tools instead of your teeth

If you have any questions about what to do in the event of a dental emergency, Dr. Prawat can answer them for you at your next dental visit. He can also provide additional preventive tips to keep your mouth as healthy as possible. 

If a dental emergency of any kind happens to you or a loved one, call Scott E. Prawat, DDS, right away, or book an appointment online.