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Woman with toothache Napa, CA

The average person eats 3 meals a day, surely with a snack here and there. Over the course of a year, or even a life-time, that’s quite a lot of activity for an adult’s set of teeth. Unfortunately we only get one set, so it’s important to handle unexpected dental emergencies with care.

Here at Napa Valley Dental Group, we’re experienced emergency dentists, located in Napa and we have a couple tips that can help you best handle every-day dental emergencies for a smile that lasts longer.

From a toothache to a broken jaw, common dental emergencies can occur anywhere and anytime. Whether you’re involved with a sports team or simply eating popcorn at the movies, biting or bumping into something you didn’t know was there can quickly and unexpectedly do damage to your teeth.

While prevention is the best medicine, read on to learn what to do in some of the most common dental emergencies.

A bitten lip or tongue

This particular “emergency” isn’t usually serious, but can .sometimes require stitches. Simply apply pressure and a cold compress to first stop the bleeding, and reduce the swelling. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, go to your nearest hospital emergency room.

Chipped or Broken Teeth

From skateboarding to eating hard candy, it’s not exactly hard to chip or break a tooth. Should this uncomfortable and potentially painful occurrence happen to you, don’t panic — your teeth can be fixed. First, rinse your mouth out with warm water to clean the affected area. Use a cold compress to control swelling and call your dentist immediately. If possible, recovering the broken piece of tooth can give your dentist the opportunity to re-attach it to your original tooth.

A Broken Jaw

A broken jaw is a serious medical and dental incident that requires immediate attention from a doctor. If your jaw is broken, you are likely experiencing pain and swelling and bleeding from your mouth. With a broken jaw, there is also the potential that your teeth are damaged as well. To control the swelling, apply cold as quickly as possible with an ice pack or bag of frozen peas or beans. Stabilize your jaw by wrapping a small towel beneath your jaw and tied around your head. Immediately go to your dentist or hospital emergency department.

Knocked out Teeth

A fast, sudden impact to your teeth can cause one or more of them to be knocked completely from your mouth. This often occurs in contact sports and in many unexpected accidents. According to the ADA, in the event that one of your teeth is knocked out, hold the tooth by the crown (the “sharp” end) and rinse the root (the “Gum” end) without removing any of the root tissue attached to it. If you can (and it doesn’t hurt too much), delicately insert the tooth into its socket. As an alternative, ensure the tooth and attached roots stay moist by placing it in a container filled with saliva or milk. Contact your dentist immediately.

A Toothache

Causes of a toothache can range from a tooth abscess or fracture to a damaged filling, habitual tooth grinding, or infected gums. If you get a toothache, the first thing you should do is rinse your mouth with warm water, followed by gently flossing your teeth to ensure there is no food stuck between your teeth. This process also helps pinpoint specific sources of pain. If you experience a persistent toothache, contact your dentist. Typical solutions for a toothache can range from antibiotics to more involved dental procedures such as a filling , root canal or the creation of a custom mouth guard to prevent grinding.

Something’s Caught in Your Teeth

Everyone knows the feeling: you’ve got something caught in your teeth and you don’t have access to any floss. Above all else, avoid reaching for the nearest sharp object. Using something sharp to pick your teeth could elevate this very minor emergency into something more serious — like a chipped tooth. If dental floss doesn’t work to dislodge something from your teeth, call your dentist at 707-257-2400 at Napa Valley Dental group and one of our dentists will reach out to you.



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Excellent care and wonderful front of house staff which makes such a difference. 5 stars! We were very happy with the dental work out son received in a caring and warm atmosphere.


I’ve never experienced a friendlier, more organized, more effecient group of professionals in ANY medically focused office of any sort. If your appointment is at 10:00, expect to be called in no later than 10:01..

Steve D.

The price was right the staff was above and beyond. I also had a beautiful doctor Kumar taking care of me do it was s very pleasant experience. She did the tooth extraction flawlessly and I’m a big man with big teeth. I had read reviews before I chose this dentist and the 5 stars in my opinion aren’t enough. They have a repeat customer and after a couple of disappointments it’s nice to be able to say that. Thank you Yuvika and staff.

Brett D.

I have the good fortune of having Dr. Bhullar as my dentist in Napa, Ca. He has taken care of my entire family, even putting my daughter through braces. He has done Root canals and Crowns, fixed broken teeth, you name it. We trust his work and his advice completely, and all his work has been outstanding. Dr. Bhullar takes time to explain all the procedures. He explains all the pros and cons of the treatment so that I can make an independent judgment.His staff is also extremely helpful! From the moment, you walk in the door, you sense this is no ordinary dental office (Thank You Laura) for your patience and help in explaining everything. You guys are the BEST!

M B.

Honestly I’ve always been extremely skeptical of dental appointments and have had a few bad experiences, but I could not be more relieved when leaving my appointment today. I definitely felt “”taken care of”” by the quality of care I received as well as their extension of help in multiple aspects of what I needed.Very pleased and again, relieved

Haley g.

I couldn’t be more thrilled with the Napa Valley Dental Group. The whole staff is absolutely friendly, accommodating, and truly genuine. Dr. Bhullar is detailed and gentle, his skills are second to none. I will be recommending all friends and family from now on.

Brian P.

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