Never suffer! If you have a dental emergency please call us immediately 1-818-986-4600. Here at Y2K Dentistry we take your treatment and your comfort level very seriously. Please use these guidelines should something arise.
Emergency Tooth Ache
To begin with, clean around the sore tooth with warm salt water and rinse the mouth to gently remove any food that may be lodged between the teeth. DO NOT place aspirin on the aching tooth or on the gum. If there is facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. For temporary pain relief, acetaminophen is recommended. Don't suffer! Come to see Dr. Grkikian, right away!
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek
Ice can be applied to any bruised areas. For bleeding, apply firm (but gentle) pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues after 15 minutes, go to an emergency room.
Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments. Come to Y2k Dentistry right away to see Dr. Grkikian.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
Recover the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root end. Rinse, but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. Reinsert the tooth in the socket and hold it in place using a clean piece of gauze, or cloth. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, carry it in a cup containing milk or water. Because time is essential, come see Dr. Grkikian immediately!
Possible Broken Jaw
In the event of jaw injury, tie the mouth closed with a towel, tie or handkerchief. Go immediately to the nearest emergency room.
Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out
Fold a piece of gauze and place it (tightly) over the bleeding area. Bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes; if bleeding continues, come to see Dr. Grkikian right away.
Cold or Canker Sores
Over-the-counter medications will usually provide temporary relief. If sores persist, visit us as soon as possible.
Call our office as soon as possible if you break or loosen any of your appliances. Please do not come directly to the office – by calling us, you will allow us to create a time to see you. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled, call us immediately to notify us if you need an appliance repaired.
Loose Brackets or Bands
Call our office immediately for advice if a bracket or wire is loosened. The bracket may need to be re-fitted as soon as possible. You may have a situation that requires cutting a wire or sliding a bracket off a wire at night or over the weekend. If you need to cut a wire in case of emergency, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Please call our office the next business day, so that we may schedule an appointment for you.
Sometimes discomfort caused by a wire on your braces can be resolved by moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or eraser. If the wire will not move, try covering the end of it with a small piece of cotton or a small amount of wax. If the wire is painful, you can cut it with nail clippers or scissors that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If you cannot resolve the wire irritation, call our office for an appointment.
Most patients lose a separator during their treatment. Do not worry about losing a separator, but call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.
Discomfort With Orthodontic Treatment
During the first week after your braces are in place and routine adjustments are complete, you will likely feel some pain, soreness or discomfort. You may take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. A warm wash cloth or heating pad may reduce the soreness in your jaws.
Contact our office right away if you have an emergency. We don't ever want you to be in pain!
Y2K Dentistry offers the best Cosmetic Dentistry, Family Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry, Cerec Crowns, Porcelain Veneers, Bonding, Periodontics, Toxic Mercury Amalgam Removal, Halitosis, Dentures, Laser Gum Treatment, Laser Cavity Zapper, White Fillings, Teeth Whitening, Teeth Bleaching, Dental Implants, Zirconia Crowns, CAD/CAM Restoration, Inlays/Onlays/Porcelain Veneers done in one single visit! No molds!, as well as treatment for TMJ Disorder (TMJD) and Sleep-Disordered Breathing (SDB). Come to Y2K Dentistry and be treated by the best dentist in Los Angeles.
Y2K Dentistry has been treating patients from Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, North Hills, North Hollywood, Studio City, Encino, Tarzana, Woodland Hills, Hollywood, Simi Valley, Burbank, Glendale, Santa Clarita, Palmdale, Agoura Hills, Thousand Oaks, Topanga Canyon, Granada Hills, Porter Ranch, Hollywood Hills, Toluca Lake, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, The San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas since 1994. Conveniently and centrally located in Sherman oaks, Y2K Dentistry happily accepts most PPO insurance.