Gentle Care

Emergency Dentistry

“Our office is where experience and technology come together with a caring staff to provide you with the best quality dentistry available!”

  • Emergencies Welcome
  • Direct Insurance Billing
  • Short Notice Appointments
  • Saturday Appointments Available
  • Over 30 Years in West Covina
  • Hablamos español
  • Over 275 5 Star Reviews

REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT

or call (626) 962-3559

Why Choose Us?

Availability

We’re accepting new patients and can help with dental emergencies. Give us a call or send us an email to book an appointment.

Comprehensive Dentistry

We offer a full range of general, family, cosmetic, restorative, and emergency dentistry.

We’re Gentle

We always focus on gentle techniques and use advanced equipment to ensure your comfort.

Insurance & Fees

All of our services are priced competitively and many of our services are covered by popular insurance plans.

Emergency Dentist West Covina

We treat a full range of dental emergencies and will schedule you in as soon as possible for an emergency appointment.

When you have a dental emergency — whether it’s caused by a sudden accident or chronic disease — your teeth and/or the tissues of the mouth that surround them need to receive proper care right away. As with any type of medical emergency, it’s important to be aware, before you’re actually in the situation, of what you can do to ensure the best outcome.

We are here to ensure that you do not endure hours of excruciating pain. Give us a call to book a short notice appointment and learn more about how we can help you alleviate pain between now and your appointment.

Key Benefits:

  • Friendly and understanding staff
  • Short notice emergency appointments available
  • We treat a full range of dental emergencies.

Common Dental Emergencies:

  • Toothache
  • Dislodged Tooth
  • Tooth Breakage or Chipping
  • Filling or Crown Loss
  • Gum or Teeth Bleeding
  • Severe Braces Discomfort
  • Abscess

Direct Insurance Billing

We believe that high-quality dental care should accessible for everyone. That’s why we direct bill most major insurance plans and are priced competitively for those who wish to pay out of pocket. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT

or call (626) 962-3559

Ask us Anything…

Have a question or want to learn more? Give us a call or send us an email, we’d love to get the conversation started.

Traumatic Dental Injuries

A knocked-out permanent tooth requires quick thinking and immediate action. You’ll increase the chances that the tooth can be saved if you pick it up without touching the root, gently clean it off with water, and put it back in its socket facing the correct way. Hold it in place with gentle pressure as you rush to the dental office or emergency room. If you can’t replant it immediately, tuck it between the patient’s cheek and gum, or carry it in a container of cold milk.

For a more traumatic injury such as a tooth that has been moved or loosened, treatment needs to occur within six hours. However, if there is uncontrollable bleeding, go immediately to the ER. Fortunately, other dental injuries that happen most frequently are less severe. The most common traumatic dental injuries are chipped teeth. If a tooth is chipped, try to find any pieces that have come off, as it might be possible to reattach them. Make an appointment for an office visit as soon as possible, and bring the pieces with you.

Tooth Pain

Acute or persistent tooth pain always signals a need for an urgent visit to the dental office. The most common cause of dental pain is tooth decay, a bacterial infection that can spread through many parts of the tooth, and even into the gum tissue. Sometimes, tooth pain indicates that you may need a root canal treatment — a procedure that not only relieves the pain of an infection deep inside the tooth, but also can keep the tooth from having to be removed. Other times, pain may be caused by a loose filling or sensitive tooth. The only way to know for sure what’s causing your tooth pain is to make an appointment at the dental office right away.

Gum Emergencies

Injuries and infections involving the soft tissues of the mouth may also require emergency treatment. The tissues of the gums, tongue, or cheek lining can be damaged by accidental bites, falls, sports injuries, and scalding liquids. They may also suffer injury from foreign bodies that become lodged below the gum line, and they can develop painful and potentially serious abscesses. A periodontal (gum) abscess is a pus-filled sac caused by an infection and is usually quite painful. Abscesses require immediate attention at the dental office.

Any injury to the soft tissues of the mouth should be rinsed with dilute salt water. If there is visible debris, it should be cleared. Bleeding can usually be controlled by pressing a clean, damp material to the area for 10-15 minutes. If this does not work, go to the emergency room immediately.

A foreign body lodged beneath the gum line can sometimes be gently worked out with dental floss or a toothpick. But if this can’t be accomplished easily, make a dental appointment so the area does not become damaged and/or infected.

Orthodontic Emergencies

Although there can be discomfort associated with orthodontic treatment, there are only a few true orthodontic emergencies. They include trauma or injury to the teeth, face or mouth. Infection or swelling of the gums, mouth or face, and severe, unmanageable discomfort or pain in these areas can also be orthodontic emergencies. In any of these situations, seek immediate care from the dental office or emergency room — whichever is your best option. For loose, broken or irritating pieces of orthodontic hardware, please call the dental office for advice.

Do you have a dental emergency? Your West Covina, CA Dentist, Dr. Howard can help!  Call our office at (626) 962-3559

Additional Information

When you are experiencing a dental emergency, it is important to follow the correct steps right away to avoid the risk of permanent damage to your bite and smile.

Missing or Dislodged Tooth

A missing or dislodged tooth can be a scary time but in some cases it’s fixable and we’re here to help you manage the pain. The best thing to do if your tooth has been knocked out or dislodged is to place it back in the socket until you can visit your dentist. Make sure to rinse your mouth, washing away blood and other harmful particles. If you cannot fit the tooth back into the socket, store it in warm milk, saline, or your own saliva. When handling the tooth, take it by the crown and not the root. Visit your dentist or an emergency room as soon as possible.

Fractured or Broken Tooth

After rinsing your broken tooth with warm water, apply ice to your cheek on the affected side to reduce swelling and sensitivity. Over the counter pain medication may be used to control the pain or discomfort. Visit your dentist as soon as possible. Treatment options vary depending on the severity of the break but your dentist will work with you to develop a custom treatment plan to get your smile back in no time!

Managing Tooth Pain at Home

Minor discomfort and tooth pain can sometimes be remedied at home and may be the result of foreign particles that have been stuck between teeth or gums. It is best to rinse your mouth thoroughly and avoid placing pain medication right on the affected area. If the pain persists, don’t hesitate to contact us and we will fit you in as soon as we can!

We’re Different!

Friendly Doctors

Family & Kid Friendly

Financing Available

Comfortable Office

Convenient Location

Open Evenings & Weekends

Digital X-Rays

Little To No Wait Time

Accepting New Patients

Our Promise to You

We promise to always put YOU first!

  • We promise to show you what we see with imaging, educate you on your options, and empower you to make the best decisions for yourself
  • We promise to not push unnecessary treatments on you
  • We promise to respect your time and do everything we can to see you within a few minutes of your appointment
  • We promise to be transparent about pricing and insurance coverage
  • We promise to constantly invest time and money into continuing education and equipment to ensure the highest quality of care
  • We promise to always be respectful, polite, and professional
  • We promise to take our time with you on patient education and treatments, we don’t want you to feel rushed
  • We promise to do everything we can to minimize pain and make you feel comfortable
  • We promise to keep our office environment clean, friendly, and up to date with technology
  • We promise to build a world class dental team. Many of our team members have been with us for over a decade!

You’re the Boss

Honest, Non-Pushy Dentistry

Our job is to show you what we see in your mouth, educate you on your options, and let you make the best decision for yourself. We never push unnecessary treatments and always give you options.

Give us a Call!

The first step to better oral health is giving us a call to book an appointment.

Initial Visit

During your first visit we will take some X-Rays and give you a tour of your mouth with our intra oral cameras. Then, we’ll learn about your oral health goals and give you any applicable treatment options.

Next Visit

Once you know what is going on inside of your mouth, you make the treatment decisions that are best for you. We will never be pushy or recommend treatment that you don’t need.

THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR PATIENTS!

We’ve helped thousands of patients in our community achieve a beautiful, healthy smile! Thank you to all of our patients who have taken the time to refer us a friend or family member and write us a review.

We have a 5 star rating on all major review sites!

Ask us Anything…

Have a question or want to learn more? Give us a call or send us an email, we’d love to get the conversation started.

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