Are you in pain? Do you have a broken tooth? The first thing you should do is call Dr. Scott Hoffman. Our Menlo Park dentist office can get you in right away to ease your discomfort as quickly as possible. Even if we aren’t in the office, Dr. Hoffman lives nearby. It’s not uncommon for him to meet his patients of record after hours in the instance of a severe dental emergency.
Types of Dental Emergencies
Some of the most common types of emergencies we see in our practice include:
- Dental abscesses
- Severe pain or toothaches
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Broken fillings and crowns
- Knocked out teeth
- Denture repairs
Where to Start
First, call our office. We’ll make every effort to see you as soon as you’re able to get to our practice. If you’ve knocked out a tooth or broken off a part of a tooth, try to locate it. Whole teeth can be gently rinsed and reinserted, otherwise all teeth and tooth fragments should be placed into a container of milk, saline, or contact solution and brought to our office. In most cases, you only have one to two hours to successfully replace the broken tooth fragment.
Broken Crowns, Partials, or Dentures
Do not attempt to glue your crown or bridge back into place. Instead, store it safely in a zip-top bag to prevent misplacing it. After inspecting your prosthesis, Dr. Hoffman will make any attempt to cement it back into place or repair the damage.
Have a Toothache?
Call the office of Dr. Scott Hoffman immediately. If we are out of the office, please follow the prompts on the answering machine to leave us a message. Dr. Hoffman’s cell phone number is available after hours, and he can also be reached by text.