ATTENTION

Dear Smiles4OC patients,

Dentists in California have been asked by the California Dental Association to voluntarily suspend nonessential or non-urgent dental care until further notice.

CDA does not make this request lightly and it is being done out of an abundance of caution during this historic public health emergency. At Smiles4OC we have decided to comply with this request to do our part in "flattening the curve” in order to follow sound, scientific public health advice to help limit infections and slow the spread of the virus. CDA also believes that by taking these extraordinary precautions dentists can make a difference in helping to preserve the limited supply of personal protective equipment critical for emergency dental care and frontline health care of personnel responding to the pandemic.

We are uncertain as to when we will be back to work. We are available for emergencies. Patients can call 714-557-0700 or email info@smile4oc.com with any questions or concerns. We are confident we have a very safe environment to treat our patients. However, you must call first as walk-ins will not be seen without an appointment.

Please practice safety, take care of yourselves and your family. And let us know how we can help.

Sincerely,
Dr. Rolfes and the Smiles4OC Team
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Tooth knocked out? Fast, appropriate treatment in Costa Mesa helps you keep it!

If you have a tooth knocked out in a dental accident, it’s important to know what to do. Quick action and following a few simple steps can often mean the tooth can be saved by your dentist. If you are in the Costa Mesa area, Smiles4OC has the experience necessary to repair and save your tooth after a dental accident.

What steps you should take at home

Dental Accidents
If a tooth is knocked out, it is referred to as an avulsed tooth. When this happens, there are a few things you can do at home to aid in the repair process.
  • Hold the tooth gently and be careful not to touch the root, as it is easily damaged.
  • If the tooth has fallen on the ground and is dirty, hold it by the crown and gently rinse with milk or water.
  • The tooth should be kept moist. The best thing to do is to put it back in the socket, but be careful not to swallow it. If it does not go back in the socket it, place it in a container of milk. You should not place a child’s tooth back into the mouth.

How we repair a knocked-out tooth

If the tooth is not cracked or damaged, we will always do our best to try to save it. When a tooth is knocked out and damaged, the nerves and pulp inside of the tooth are also damaged. Because nerve tissue cannot be repaired, any avulsed tooth will require root canal therapy. After a root canal, we will work to put the tooth back into place.

The first thing we do is clear any debris from the socket before slipping the tooth back into place. A splint is then applied to the avulsed tooth and the teeth on both sides of it to keep it in place.

If the jawbone did not sustain any injury, the tooth root may reattach in about three to four weeks. If there is considerable damage it can take longer.

For more information on repairing a knocked-out tooth, call (714) 557-0700.


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