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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.

Dental Emergency FAQs

Have you never experienced a dental emergency before? We understand where you’re coming from and want you to be fully informed on what you should do in the event you or a loved one has to deal with one. Many people aren’t sure what the best steps to take are if what they are experiencing is considered a dental emergency. Don’t worry, Dr. Piccione is more than prepared to help every step of the way. Below, you can find a handful of the most common questions our practice receives!

What’s the best way to manage tooth pain?

There are many ways to reduce dental pain until you get to our office. Assuming that flossing around your tooth does not loosen any food debris from between your teeth, consider the following steps:

  • Take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory (such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.)
  • Apply a topical pain reliever to the tooth, making sure to follow the recommendations on the packaging.
  • Take a cold compress and apply it to your face for about 10 minutes at a time, making sure to remove it for an additional 10 minutes to avoid damaging your facial tissue.

Do I need to visit the dentist right away?

When a dental emergency occurs, it generally will not get better on its own. That means the longer you wait to get seen, the more your issue will worsen. For example, while a cold or a paper cut will generally get better after enough time, dental issues are not capable of healing themselves. This is the case whether you have a toothache or a damaged tooth, so it’s imperative to get to our office as soon as you can. However, if you happen to chip a small portion of your tooth and you experience no pain, you can visit us during normal business hours (just make sure to call us to set up an appointment!)

Should my tooth ever feel loose?

There is no reason why a tooth should ever feel loose as an adult. If your tooth feels loose, it’s possible that the bone and soft tissue holding it in place has become compromised in some way. Whether it’s because of advanced gum disease or recent physical trauma, get to our office as soon as possible. Even partially dislodged teeth can cause severe dental problems later, including eventual tooth loss or an oral infection.

If baby teeth are knocked-out, is that considered a dental emergency?

Yes. While baby teeth will come out on their own eventually, it is possible for them to come out too soon as well. If your child is experiencing significant discomfort or they are severely bleeding from the mouth, it’s likely that the tooth was not yet prepared to come out. In this instance, you should call our office. Treat the emergency like you would if an adult tooth had been knocked out as well.

Should I go to the emergency room for a dental emergency?

Most emergency rooms do not have the expertise or technology to properly treat dental emergencies, so we largely advise against it. In most cases, they are more likely to give you painkillers and send you on your way, which only prolongs the treatment you actually need for your urgent dental issue. The only time you should go to the emergency room over our office is if you believe your jaw is broken or if you are bleeding significantly from the mouth and it does not stop.