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Emergency Dentist – Sunnyvale, CA

Expert Care Right When You Need It

Man with tooth painYou can do your best to schedule six-month checkups and cleanings, but it’s not always possible to know when you will need to visit the dentist. If you or a family member experiences a dental emergency like a broken tooth or severe toothache, you may be left wondering what to do next. Never fear — Dr. Michael Piccione is prepared for Sunnyvale’s dental emergencies. Whether your child experiences facial trauma in sports or you have a possible infection, our expert team is ready to help. Read on to learn more about dental emergencies and what you can do to help save your smile and ease pain before heading to our office.

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

Woman with tooth painThere are two types of dental emergencies: sudden physical injury or long-term infection. Injury can be caused by a simple fall or physical activity, while a toothache or infection is typically caused by months of poor oral healthcare. You should visit our office for both of these types of emergencies, but you can use these tips for handling common emergencies in the meantime:


Do you have a toothache? Try flossing around the area first to remove any debris. If the pain still persists, call our office right away. You may have an infection or abscess that requires a root canal. This procedure can save your tooth from extraction and keep the infection from spreading.

Chipped/Broken Tooth

If you chip or break a tooth, rinse your mouth out with warm water and use a cold compress to reduce swelling. After you’ve made yourself more comfortable, go to our office for an emergency visit. Dr. Piccione will examine the affected tooth to see if it can be repaired. If it’s too severely damaged, he may have to extract it.

Knocked-Out Tooth

If your tooth gets knocked-out, pick it up by the crown to avoid damaging its roots. Then, rinse it off and try to put it back in your mouth. If this isn’t possible, keep it in milk or water until you can come into our office. The sooner that you can see Dr. Piccione, the more likely it will be for your tooth to be successfully replanted.

Lost Filling/Crown

If you lose a crown or filling, you can use dental cement found at your local drugstore to reattach it. You can also use sugar-free gum to cover the sensitive portion of your tooth. After, call our office to have Dr. Piccione restore your smile.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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Dental emergencies can never be completely avoided, but here are some tips on how to minimize your chances of dental disaster:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day and floss your teeth once to remove plaque and bacteria.
  • Use fluoridated toothpaste and drink tap water (which contains fluoride) to strengthen your tooth enamel.
  • Visit our office for biannual checkups and cleanings to make sure that your oral health is in good shape.
  • Avoid using your teeth as tools or for the use of anything other than talking and chewing.
  • Avoid routine tobacco or alcohol use because they are risk factors of dental emergencies.

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The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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Your cost for a dental emergency is hard to estimate because of the many variables that influence price. Some dental emergencies can be treated with simple antibiotics—a fairly low-cost treatment. Other more extensive emergencies may result in needing a dental crown or a full replacement, which has a higher cost associated with it. The best way to know the price of the treatment that you need is to visit Dr. Piccione, an experienced emergency dentist in Sunnyvale. He will examine your smile and develop a personalized treatment plan. He even accepts insurance and offers financing options to give you quality dental services that are affordable, too.

The next time you or a loved one are confronted with an urgent situation, contact our office immediately. Even if you call after hours, you can leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible with further instructions and a plan for you to come in as soon as necessary.

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Emergency Dentistry FAQs

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You probably never expect to need an emergency dentist in Sunnyvale, but oral health issues requiring urgent care occur more often than you might realize. In fact, research shows 1 in 6 Americans are in this situation annually. If you or a loved one experience a dental emergency, do you know what to do? You likely have several concerns. We have the answers you need to a few of the most common questions patients ask us during these difficult times.

Should I go to the hospital?

When the unexpected strikes, your first instinct might be to head to the hospital; however, this may not be the best solution. Although emergency departments can prescribe antibiotics and pain relievers, they can’t fix the underlying issue. They are not equipped to treat broken, knocked-out, or decayed teeth. As a result, it’s always best to visit your dentist in Sunnyvale when possible. Unless you have a medical problem that needs attention or you suspect a broken jaw, contact our office right away for an appointment.

Can I wait to see an emergency dentist?

No one has time for an unplanned trip to the dentist, but don’t delay getting the treatment you need. If you wait too long to schedule an appointment, you might lose your tooth. Instead, it’s best to contact our office right away. We know your time is valuable, which is why we strive to provide convenient care through flexible office hours and state-of-the-art technology to streamline our services. We will help you get the prompt treatment you need, so you can get back to focusing on more important matters.

Should I have my tooth extracted?

If you have a problematic tooth giving you grief, extracting it seems like a simple solution. While it will give you relief, it opens the door to a new list of complications. Every tooth is essential to a healthy, functional smile. Loosing even one can have lasting consequences for your confidence, oral health, and quality of life. It’s always best to preserve your tooth; however, if it’s damaged beyond repair, we may recommend its removal. If it needs to be extracted, we will discuss your replacement options, like a dental implant. Rest assured, your new tooth will look and feel natural, so no one will know it isn’t your own.

Can I use my dental insurance?

Every policy differs, but many dental insurances cover emergency care. A member of our team will work on your behalf with your insurance carrier to file the necessary claim forms to lower the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket. We will take the time to explain how your benefits are being used and if you owe a remaining balance. Our office accepts several payment options to help you restore your smile without worrying about a large bill. If you’re concerned about the cost, we accept third-party financing. You’re given the funds you need for your treatment, which you’ll repay using a plan that accommodates your budget.