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Teeth may become injured due to a number of factors, with sports injuries and car accidents being among the most common causes of injured teeth. A tooth that’s been knocked out, broken, or chipped are all frequent injuries treated by your emergency dentist in Encinitas, Dr. McElroy or Dr. Reppas. The most important thing following a tooth injury is to keep calm, and then get in touch with your dentist as soon as possible. The next time you’re dealing with a dental emergency, don’t delay in calling McElroy Smiles by Design.

Knocked Out Tooth

If you’ve lost one of your teeth, time is of the essence. Teeth have the best chance for successful reattachment if they’re attended to within the first half hour following loss, so collect the tooth, rinse away any debris and reinsert it into the empty socket if possible. If not, the most important thing is that its root does not dry out. Placing the tooth in a bag of milk or the cheek can help keep its cells alive until you reach the dentist’s office.

Broken Tooth

Rapid attention is necessary for a broken tooth, too, as infection or further injuries can develop as a result of the break. A root canal topped with a crown may be the best treatment for a broken tooth. Contact your emergency dentist as soon as possible to have the situation dealt with quickly.

Chipped Tooth

A chipped tooth that causes no pain doesn’t need to be treated as an emergency. It’s up to you when you’ll have the chip repaired, though we recommend prompt treatment for aesthetic and functional reasons. Depending on the size and location of the chip, the affected tooth can be repaired with cosmetic bonding, a porcelain veneer, or a dental crown. Discuss your options with your dentist to find out which one is best for you and your smile.

Aching Tooth

If you’ve got a tooth that’s in pain, don’t wait to seek emergency attention. You’ve likely got an infection that requires root canal. When ignored, toothaches can quickly turn into abscessed teeth — a serious infection that can spread to other areas of the body.

And The Most Important Thing to Remember…

In any dental emergency, the most important thing is to remain calm and call your emergency dentist as soon as possible. Stop any bleeding by applying constant, gentle pressure to the wound with a clean gauze, and control inflammation with an ice pack placed on the affected cheek in 10-minute intervals.

Once we’ve got your dental emergency under control, you’ll be happy to know your cosmetic dentist in Encinitas is also at McElroy Smiles by Design. No matter your emergency, we can help you get out of pain and enjoying your restored, beautiful smile again in no time!


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Your Top-Rated Dentist in Encinitas, CA

"This is a fantastic Dentist, McElroy and the associates in the office are amazing. Our daughters enjoy every time they are here. Very good practice, highly suggested!!"

- Cody H.

"I would definitely recommend Smiles By Design dental office to anyone who is looking for a personable, honest, thorough, and professional dentist. Dr. McElroy and his staff make you feel so comfortable, you forget you are at the dentist!! Highly recommend!"

- Kelly C.

"Had my first appointment at McElroy smiles by design, and the staff was so friendly and informative. It was an enjoyable experience and I plan on going back in the future."

- Isaac W.

"Thanks to everyone in the office! Great service and very punctual. Dr.McElroy is a wonderful dentist, he is very professional and friendly. He does what it takes to do the job perfectly— even if it requires extra time. I needed a lot of work when I first came to the office, but now when its all done, I love the outcome and my new smile! I am stoked!!"

- Wera S.

*The reviews listed are from actual patients of McElroy Smiles. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.

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