Emergency Dentist FAQ

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Emergency Dentist Appointments

Lovik Mirzaeian offers immediate appointments at his Clovis office for emergency dental care such as root canals, extractions, re-cement crowns, chipped tooth, trauma and to relieve pain. In these, and other emergencies we offer treatment in your time of need, including Saturdays and evenings.

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, call us for an appointment at (559) 299-2168. If your emergency is life-threatening, call 911 or go straight to an emergency room.

Scroll down for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about emergency dentist care. If you don't find your question answered below — or if you have additional concerns that we can help you with — please call us at (559) 299-2168.

What Should I Do in Case of a Dental Emergency?

There are some things you need to do before and on your way to the dentist for an emergency. For example...


See your dentist for a checkup when you start feeling pain or discomfort.

Chipped, Broken, or Cracked Tooth

Rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to your face. Wrap the broken or fragmented tooth in wet gauze or a wet towel, and bring it to the dentist with you.

Loosened or Knocked-Out Tooth

If the tooth becomes loosened from impact, call your dentist for further instructions. If you experience tooth loss, gently insert it back into the socket if possible. If it's not possible to re-insert the tooth, hold it under your tongue until you get to the dentist.

Frequently Asked Questions

For your convenience, we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions about dental emergencies here. If your question is not answered here — or even if it is and you need additional help and guidance — please call us at (559) 299-2168.

What does the dentist consider to be an emergency?

A dental emergency is something requiring immediate action to alleviate severe pain and/or treat a dental injury to the mouth. Typically, it’s considered an emergency and you should seek care right away if you’re experiencing uncontrollable bleeding, cracked or broken teeth, knocked out teeth, and/or severe, unrelenting pain in your teeth or jaw. The need for urgent dental care is not always caused by life-threatening problems, but should always be taken seriously to prevent further injury.

Can the ER help with a tooth?

The emergency room can help treat the pain and discomfort you feel from a dental emergency. And they can tell you if a follow-up dental visit is necessary. However, they cannot actually treat the cause of the pain or perform dental work to fix the problem. Still, you should definitely seek treatment in the ER if you can’t reach a trusted emergency dentist like Dr. Lovik Mirzaeian.

What is the most common dental emergency?

One of the most common dental emergencies involves trauma to the teeth. Cracked, broken, or knocked out teeth due to some kind of accident is a situation that requires immediate attention in order to fix the problem and prevent additional issues. This often means putting an emergency dental crown on the tooth or performing a tooth extraction.

Is a filling falling out an emergency?

A filling falling out can be painful. It’s inconvenient. But emergency care is not usually needed. Call your dentist and get in to have a new filling put in as soon as possible.

Is a dental abscess an emergency?

You should call your dentist and seek immediate care for a dental abscess. It is an infection, and it will not go away on its own. In fact, if left untreated, the infection can spread and cause other problems. Treatment may include draining the abscess (do not attempt this on your own!), performing a root canal, and/or prescribing antibiotics.

What do you do in dental emergencies?

The first thing you should do in a dental emergency is call your dentist immediately. They will be able to evaluate your situation and give you the appropriate steps to take to handle your dental problem and get the care you need. It’s important to act immediately in dental emergencies. In some cases, waiting can make matters worse.

When is a toothache an emergency?

Dental pain, such as a severe toothache, is an emergency when the pain is unbearably severe and doesn’t respond to over-the-counter pain medication, when it’s accompanied by a fever, or if you’re experiencing swelling or having trouble swallowing or breathing. Any tooth pain that lasts longer than a few days should also be considered an emergency, and you should call your dentist for an appointment.

How do I know if my tooth issues are an emergency?

The most reliable way to know if your dental issues need emergency dentistry is to call your dentist and describe what’s going on. They’ll be able to evaluate the situation, determine whether or not it’s an emergency, and give you the care you need.

Can you go to the ER for a broken tooth?

Your dentist is always the first and best choice for handling a broken tooth. While you can go to the ER for a broken tooth, most ERs don’t have the capacity to actually give you dental care. They can give you something for the pain. They can also determine if there are other injuries (for example, broken jaw or fractures of other facial bones) that may need to be treated.

Should I brush or floss a broken tooth?

No, you should not brush or floss a broken tooth; it can risk further damage. Instead, gently rinsing your mouth will help to keep it clean. And you should see your dentist right away to get the tooth repaired. When your dentist sees the condition of the broken tooth, they can give you further instructions on how to care for it until the repair is complete.

About Lovik Mirzaeian Dentistry

We are a dental practice devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile using conservative, state-of-the-art procedures that will result in beautiful, long lasting smiles!

A standard of excellence in personalized dental care enables us to provide the quality emergency dental services our patients deserve. We provide comprehensive treatment planning and use restorative and cosmetic dentistry (such as dental implants, veneers, and dentures) to achieve your optimal dental health. Should a dental emergency occur, we make every effort to see and care for you as soon as possible.

As your dental health professionals, we want you to be confident knowing that we are a team of highly trained and skilled clinicians. We pride ourselves in providing the care you need to keep your smile healthy. To give you the best possible service and results, we are committed to continual education and learning. We attend dental lectures, meetings, and dental conventions to stay informed of new techniques, the latest products, and the newest equipment that a modern dental office can utilize to provide state-of-the-art dental care.

Call Us For An Emergency Appointment

(559) 299-2168