Emergency Dental issues are a surefire way to ruin an otherwise great day. Whether it's a broken tooth, denture repair, toothache, or other problem that disrupts the normal look or function of your teeth - getting it dealt with can be a major hassle.
At Courtney Hain DDS, we're here to help! As an Emergency Dentist, I hold space in my schedule each day specifically for unplanned treatment, to make sure we can see you within hours of your call. Whether it's temporary relief or a permanent fix - I'll make sure you get what you need, and get you back to your regularly scheduled life ASAP. Give us a call to get started now!
While there are many issues that clearly need immediate attention from a professional, some are less obvious. Common dental emergencies include things like:
Even if there is no pain associated with your particular problem, it can still be disruptive enough to need attention sooner than a regularly scheduled visit would allow.
Purely cosmetic problems can also be an emergency in the right circumstances. A good rule of thumb is: if you don't think you can (or should) comfortably wait a few days to have it addressed, then give us a call!
It's definitely better to err on the side of caution, and we'll be happy to advise you over the phone.
We're pleased to offer a wide array of services on an unplanned or emergency basis. Here are some of our most popular:
Toothaches are never fun, but when it's severe enough to disrupt your everyday life, it's a clear sign of something that needs to be addressed immediately.
There are many possible causes for toothache, some of which are more urgent than others (but all of these require attention). Some common ones include:
What may start as minor aches can progress to more serious pain if left untreated, so even if it's not severe enough to warrant an emergency visit today, please make sure you schedule a time to get it checked out as soon as it's convenient.
During an emergency toothache consultation, the first step is to figure out what's causing the issue. Depending on your symptoms, this may only require a simple visual inspection, or it may need X-Rays.
Once identified, Dr. Hain will provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses both any short-term relief that can be provided (on the day of the consultation), as well as long-term steps needed to resolve the issue for good (typically during a follow-up visit).
A broken or fractured tooth is a common cause of tooth pain, and definitely on the list of emergency dental problems. Even when the pain isn't bad, if there are cosmetic or functional issues you'd like to have addressed, we're more than happy to see you on an emergency basis.
Some common causes for broken or fractured teeth include:
When you come in with a broken or fractured tooth, we'll start by examining it to help determine treatment options. Once the exam is completed, we'll prepare a comprehensive treatment plan that works for your unique circumstances.
Typical options for broken or fractured tooth repair include fillings, veneers, onlays, and crowns. Some of these options can be completed same-day, while others require multiple visits.
Whether a permanent fix can be put in place that day or not, we'll make sure you're at least provided with a temporary solution before your emergency appointment is over.
Though rare and almost always a last resort, tooth extractions are performed on an emergency basis.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), and our experience, the 3 most common causes for extractions are trauma, crowding, or untreated disease.
Crowding wouldn't typically result in an emergency visit, but trauma or untreated disease very well could.
During an Emergency consultation, we'll work to determine if an extraction is truly needed, or if there are any acceptable alternatives that will preserve the natural tooth.
If necessary, we'll perform the extraction or refer you to a specialist. We'll also come up with a post-extraction regimen to help ensure a speedy recovery. This will typically involve a follow up visit to ensure everything is healing as expected.
Quality Dentures and Bridges can last for decades, but almost always require repair or replacement sooner or later. If your bridge or denture breaks unexpectedly, it can be a big headache, with both cosmetic and functional impact.
We're more than happy to consult on bridge or denture repair on an emergency basis if you feel it's necessary.
As with all of the services we provide, the first step in an emergency Denture or Bridge Repair Consultation is to evaluate the situation. We'll inspect the Bridge, Denture, and any abutment teeth to determine the best course of action.
Once that's done, we'll provide you with a comprehensive plan that's specifically tailored to you and your unique needs. Some repairs can be performed on the same day, while others (e.g. replacement) may require follow up visits.
Infections in the tooth can become even more serious emergencies if not treated. A dental abscess is an infection in the center of the tooth. As your body fights the infection it creates pus which leads to pain and swelling in the cheeks and gums.
Without treatment, the infection can worsen and spread through the jaw, neck, and head. If you believe you have a tooth infection, it's critical that you focus on treatment before the problem gets any worse.
As with any treatment, we'll begin by verifying determining the underlying cause of the infection and work out a plan to address it. Treatment typically involves draining the infected area to reduce swelling, addressing the source (often via root canal or extraction), and treatment with antibiotics.
In addition to treatment for the immediate problem, we'll help you work out a long term care plan that can help you maintain your oral health going forward.
If you have a filling or crown that has fallen out, it can lead to pain that you'll want to have treated urgently. If you're able to locate the crown, definitely be sure to bring it with you to the appointment.
We'll start with a quick review of the problem tooth and the condition of the crown assuming you were able to find it. If everything is in good shape, we should be able to reseat it that day. If its a filling, a new one can be placed on that visit as well.
The first step in any emergency dental treatment is a full evaluation. We'll assess the situation and find potential temporary and permanent solutions.
Working together with you, we'll plan out your treatment based on the available options that work best for your unique needs. Our plan will address immediate relief, as well as long term solutions.
Finally, we'll take the necessary steps to get you started towards a great outcome. Whether a permanent solution can be put in place same-day or not, we'll make sure you don't leave without relief!
As an Emergency Dentist serving the Financial District and Union Square area of San Francisco, Dr. Hain understands the demanding schedules and busy lives of the professional men and women who work there.
Besides dedicated space on her schedule each day for unplanned treatment, Dr. Hain and her staff will do everything they can to accommodate your needs and get you temporary or permanent relief the same day you call. We're pleased to offer early morning and late evening appointments as needed, and can accommodate walk-in emergencies as well.
As a busy professional herself, Dr. Hain understands and shares your unique needs. Flexible scheduling, fast yet comprehensive service, high quality outcomes, and your personal comfort are her main areas of focus for every patient.
Dr. Hain is a strong believer in providing conservative dental treatments, and will put your long-term oral health first. Before you start, she'll help you understand all treatment options and associated trade offs so you can choose what works best for you.
High quality dental work lasts longer, looks better, and makes it easier to maintain your long-term oral health. Dr. Hain prides herself on providing cosmetic and restorative dental treatments that are top-notch, to keep your teeth healthy and looking great!
Long lasting and trusting patient relationships are a critical component of Dr. Hain's practice philosophy. Whether you're in the chair receiving treatment, or discussing treatment options, your physical and psychological comfort come first.
I absolutely love [Dr. Hain]! I switched dentists because I always felt like I was being shamed when my oral health wasn't totally up to par. She is super friendly, supportive, and helps problem solve. Definitely would recommend. Love going to visit her!- Remmy F.
Easy, painless, and effective. I couldn't be happier.- Luisa V.
Dr. Hain is so professional and makes you feel so comfortable if you are nervous. She makes sure that you are well informed of what she is doing throughout the whole procedure. I am so glad I found such a great dentist. I recommend her to anyone who asks about dental work because she has made me feel so confident in her work . Never switching to another dentist again!- Jennifer R.
I met with Dr. HAIN and her assistiant Jamie for a consultatiom regarding my lack of satisfaction with the dentures I currently have, since first received May 2017, from my previous DDS. I found Dr.Hain's services to be more than satisfactory. She was thoughtful and attentive to details . I left there feeling quite confident that she had complete knowledge of, and highly developed technical skills appropriate to improve my current discomforts & frustrations .- Linda L.
My teeth are in pretty rough shape, and most of my past experiences with dentists have left me feeling ashamed, hopeless, and afraid. My first appointment with Dr. Hain was the one I fear the most, because of the impending judgement that typically occurs, but this experience was so lovely and comforting and educational! I never once felt bad about my situation, and I felt seen and understood and as if I would be well taken care of. And I have been!- Tiffany S.