Dental Emergencies

What should I do if I have a toothache?

If you have a toothache we need to see you. Toothaches can come from a variety of causes, but usually there is decay, and possibly infection that has entered the nerve area of the tooth and is now causing pain and swelling.

You can use an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen or naproxen (Aleve) to help with your symptoms. Orajel can also be used on the surface of the tooth or gums to numb the area. Please call us right away! We can help.

During office hours
During office hours, please call our office at 858-798-9595.

After hours
Please use the number below to contact Dr. Lee after hours if you have a dental emergency. Please only contact Dr. Lee this way after hours.

TEXT: 858-877-0740

My temporary crown broke. What should I do now?

If you have a temporary crown that has broken or gotten lost we need to see you. If you cannot get into the office right away, you can get orthodontic wax at your local drugstore. Mold the wax over the area where the crown is missing.You can also purchase dental adhesive and reapply the crown if it has just fallen off and not broken.  If you have had a root canal, you should not experience any pain from losing the temporary crown.

Please call us right away at (858) 798-9595.

After hours
Please use the number below to contact Dr. Lee after hours if you have a dental emergency. Please only contact Dr. Lee this way after hours.

TEXT: 858-877-0740

I have swelling in my mouth. What should I do?

If you have swelling in your mouth, gums or jaw, it is usually due to an infection. If you have any trouble breathing or the swelling is traveling up your face to your eye, please proceed immediately to a hospital for medical care. Please do not put heat on a swollen area. Call us and we can help. We may need to prescribe an antibiotic, so please have your pharmacy information available when you call us.

During office hours
During office hours, please call our office at 858-798-9595.

After hours
Please use the number below to contact Dr. Lee after hours if you have a dental emergency. Please only contact Dr. Lee this way after hours.

TEXT: 858-877-0740

I’ve broken a tooth or knocked out a tooth. What should I do?

If you have knocked out your tooth and it is possible to put it back in your mouth, please attempt to do so. Handle the tooth by the crown and not the root, rinse it in cold water and put it back in your mouth, if possible. Call us immediately for help.

If you break a tooth and feel pain after the chip, please call us right away for assistance.