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Dental Emergency Specialist

Lester  Martinez, DDS -  - Cosmetic Dentist

Lester Martinez, DDS

Cosmetic Dentist & General Dentist located in San Jose, CA

If you or a loved one experiences a dental emergency, like a knocked-out tooth or damaged crown, it’s important to seek treatment right away. At his practice in San Jose, California, Lester Martinez, DDS, and his bilingual team diagnose and treat dental emergencies on-site. Using safe, effective treatments, they can minimize pain, prevent further damage, and preserve your smile for years to come. To schedule an appointment, book online, call the office, or walk-in during regular business hours.

Dental Emergency Q&A

What is a dental emergency?

A dental emergency is a serious oral health problem that requires immediate diagnosis and treatment. Unfortunately, they tend to occur suddenly with very little warning.

If you or a loved one experiences a dental emergency, remain calm, and move quickly. Making it to the office of Lester Martinez DDS within an hour of your initial symptoms could mean the difference between preserving your tooth or needing to undergo a more complex treatment like oral surgery.

What problems are considered a dental emergency?

There are various oral health problems that may be considered a dental emergency. Dr. Martinez diagnoses and treats:

  • Severe toothaches
  • Oral abscesses
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Bleeding that won’t stop
  • Knocked-out teeth
  • Chipped, cracked, or damaged teeth

Other dental emergencies include sports-related injuries, broken restorations, and getting an object, like a toothpick, stuck between your teeth.

If I suffer a dental emergency, what steps should I take?

In the event of a dental emergency, don’t wait to take action.

If you break a restoration like a crown, dental implant, or bridge, carefully pick up the pieces and put them in a plastic bag, then call the office or Dr. Martinez right away.

The same recommendations apply if you lose a permanent tooth. Gently pick up your tooth by the crown and rinse it off in cool tap water. Try to put the tooth back in its socket, but if it wobbles around, you can place it in a glass of milk or tuck it inside your cheek. 

Call the office of Dr. Martinez and explain your symptoms and the events leading up to your injury. The administrative staff can provide tips and recommendations to limit pain and bleeding on your way over.

How can I preserve my smile and avoid a dental emergency?

There’s no way to avoid a dental emergency entirely, but there are things you can do to significantly lower your risk. 

First, Dr. Martinez recommends practicing good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss regularly, and visit the office every six months for a dental check-up.

If you play contact sports like lacrosse, soccer, or rugby, wear a mouthguard. That same rule applies if you skateboard, mountain bike, or ski.

Try to avoid bad habits like opening objects with your teeth, biting your fingernails, or chewing on ice cubes. These activities can weaken your tooth enamel, causing fractures or more serious damage.

In the event of a dental emergency, schedule an appointment at the practice of Lester Martinez DDS. Book a consultation online, call the office, or walk-in during normal business hours today. Spanish-speaking representatives are available.