Emergency Dentist

A dental emergency can be a stressful situation. We understand, and we are here to help. If you experience an urgent dental problem during office hours, call our office for same-day care. Your oral health and comfort are important to you, so they are important to us.

Do you need a La Jolla emergency dentist?

A number of common dental problems develop gradually. Others, such as a cracked or chipped tooth, can occur suddenly without warning. Immediate attention is necessary to prevent further complication.

You need emergency care if you experience:

  • Injury that causes a tooth to crack or break
  • Sudden or persistent tooth pain
  • An object lodged between teeth
  • A crown that has come off your tooth
  • Injury that has dislodged or knocked out a tooth
  • A lost filling, causing tooth sensitivity

If a tooth has been knocked out, it is particularly important to come to the office immediately. If it can be placed back in position within a half hour, there is a chance the tooth can be saved.

Treatment for Urgent Dental Problems

Dental emergencies are treated according to the situation and its severity. Infection and inflammation may require antibiotics and restoration of the damaged tooth. A filling or crown may be used to repair chips or breaks. Although treatment varies, our goal in treating dental emergencies is to resolve pain as quickly as possible!

Understandably, tooth pain can cause anxiety. Dr. Moeckel is sympathetic to your needs for comfort, and offers sedation as a way to help you feel more at ease during a stressful dental emergency. She has completed a mini residency in sleep dentistry. Visit our sedation dentistry page for more information about this service.

Your La Jolla emergency dentist Dr. Moeckel is here to assist you with any unexpected dental need. Call our office at (858) 452-1504.