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Different Dental Emergencies and How We Treat Them

April 1, 2020
Posted By: Trung Pham DMD Staff

Dental emergencies are a fact of life, and most of us will face a toothache, broken or cracked tooth, or some other urgent problem that needs immediate attention. In some cases, prompt action can make the difference between saving or losing a tooth.

We understand how unsettling a dental emergency can be for our San Jose patients, and our goal is to provide treatment and relief as soon as possible. If you have an urgent situation and need an emergency dentist, please call Dr. Trung Pham, who offers a wide range of services to treat your emergency.


A toothache is always an indication that something is wrong that needs immediate attention. Commonly, tooth pain occurs because of a deep cavity or infection, and Dr. Pham will need to take x-rays to determine the source. 

He may recommend a tooth filling, or if the tooth is infected, a root canal may be necessary. In extreme cases, where we’ve exhausted all other options, we may recommend removing the tooth.

Lost Dental Crowns or Fillings

In many cases, a lost dental crown can be re-cemented on the tooth; a lost filling will need to be replaced entirely. However, losing a crown or filling may indicate an underlying problem like a cavity that our San Jose dentist needs to address first.

Broken, Chipped, or Fractured Teeth

Unless you are in pain or a tooth has fractured below the gum line, these are not critical emergencies, but they do require treatment as soon as possible. Depending on the extent of the damage and the location of the tooth, Dr. Pham may recommend a tooth filling, dental bonding, veneers, or a dental crown.

Bleeding, Swollen, or Inflamed Gums

If you’ve noticed a change in the way your gums look or feel, you likely have periodontal disease. While this isn’t an urgent emergency, we do need to see you to evaluate the extent of the problem and provide prompt treatment. 

Call Your San Jose Emergency Dentist to Schedule

The first step in any emergency is to call us at (408) 287- 8880 and let us know what’s going on. If you are in pain, we will do our best to see you the same day to provide the relief you need.

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