Dental Emergencies Specialist

Sutter Place Dental Group

Nathaniel K. Minami, DDS

Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in San Francisco, CA

At his Sutter Place Dental Group practice, Dr. Minami provides a comprehensive array of treatment options for San Francisco, CA patients facing dental emergencies, helping to resolve pain and other issues so patients feel more comfortable and healthy teeth and gums are preserved.

Dental Emergencies Q&A

What conditions constitute a dental emergency?

Any condition or issue that causes dental pain, discomfort, or otherwise requires prompt treatment can be considered a dental emergency. Some dental emergencies include, but are not limited to:

  • Toothaches 
  • Swollen or tender gums 
  • Infection or abscess 
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Teeth that are knocked out or fall out 
  • Lost or broken fillings, crowns, veneers or dentures 
  • Problems with a dental implant, including loose implants 

Some emergencies require immediate care, such as a tooth falling, while other situations may be treated less urgently, either later the same day or the following day. If you have a dental emergency, you should call your dentist to arrange care as early as possible. If an emergency requires immediate attention arises outside of normal office hours, seek emergency care immediately.

What should I do if a tooth falls out or gets knocked out?

Try to preserve the tooth. Most importantly, do not touch the root of the tooth. If the root is damaged, your dentist may not be able replant it. Keep the tooth moist. If possible, gently place the tooth back in the socket, or place it between your gum and cheek and seek immediate emergency treatment. You can also preserve the tooth in milk or a tooth preservation kit. Do not use tap water. If the tooth is healthy and you get treatment quickly enough, it may be able to be saved.

Is there anything I can do to help prevent a dental emergency?

Good dental hygiene practices is one of the most important things you can do to protect your teeth and oral health. Make sure you brush and floss regularly and make biennial visits to the dentist. Strong and healthy teeth are much less likely to become damaged. If you play any sports or engage in activities where you are at risk of getting hurt, it is essential to wear protective mouth guards.

Insurance Information

Please contact our office for any additonal questions regarding our accepted insurance providers.

Aetna PPO
Anthem Blue Cross PPO
Delta Dental PPO (all states)
Delta Premier
Guardian PPO
Level PPO
Metlife PPO