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Dental Emergency: A Broken Tooth Elk Grove, CA
A woman with dental pain during a dental appointment.

It is easy to put off a visit to the doctor or dentist when things are “going well.” You feel fine, you do not notice any concerns, and life is running smoothly. However, there are times when it is imperative for you to seek immediate attention. And, of course, it is always in your best interest to keep regular check-ups with your doctor and dentist to prevent catastrophes to your health.

A dental emergency is classified as an instance where you experience severe dental pain, have broken or lost a permanent tooth, have an infection or abscess in the mouth, or experience bleeding from the mouth. If you have any of these symptoms, you are likely experiencing a dental emergency, and you need to call your dentist immediately.

A broken tooth is considered a dental emergency for two reasons: 1) it will not heal on its own, and 2) bacteria can enter a break in the tooth and cause infection quickly.

All of the teeth inside the mouth work together to support one another and to stabilize the jawbone. If one tooth is compromised, then the neighboring teeth are also considered to be compromised. Damage and infection can quickly spread from tooth to tooth if the problem is not taken care of immediately.

If you or a loved one experience a broken tooth, you need to follow these steps from the American Dental Association:

  • If a piece has broken off from your tooth, find the piece and place it in a small amount of milk or your own saliva to keep it moist.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it. If you are experiencing a lot of bleeding, apply pressure to the area to help stop the bleeding.
  • Contact your dentist right away!
  • If you are in severe pain, ask your dentist about taking an over-the-counter pain reliever to reduce your pain until you can see the dentist.
  • Place a cold compress on the outside of your face to help reduce swelling.
  • Don’t panic!

A broken tooth is a common occurrence that dentists nationwide treat every day. It can be a very devastating thing to experience, but your smile can be restored.

At Ora Dentistry, we offer a full spectrum of dental care services. We are here to help you achieve, maintain, and restore optimal oral health. If you have suffered a broken tooth, please contact our practice right away. We are here to help you!

Posted on behalf of Ora Dentistry

2733 Elk Grove Blvd, Suite 180
Elk Grove, CA 95758

Phone: (916) 975-1000


Monday - Thursday 7:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 7:00am - 4:00pm


Cynthia B.

Very confused by the website and advertising as an after hour/emergency dental service. I broke a tooth this evening and was looking for emergency dental services for the earliest appointment. I called and a receptionist/operator picked up on a Friday evening close to 8 p.m. and said that the emergency dental service was only for existing patients. That isn't on the website and in fact, the top line on the website states if you need emergency dental care , call. Don't mind that they aren't able to see me, but the operator needs a better script when explaining their services and should also provide better service or don't be an after hour receptionist. She also never asked me if I WAS an existing patient. Would love to give no stars, but I can't post unless I pick one. UPDATE: So wasn't expecting the owner of the practice to call me. I spoke with Dr. Dalla and he explained in detail their policies and calmed my anxiety regarding my broken tooth.. I appreciate that he is a business owner that pays attention to what is being said about his practice and would take the time to follow up. I may have found a new dentist.

Abida G.

I’ve been searching for a dental office for my special needs daughter for a long time. I called many offices explaining her situation that she had Autism and anxiety and I was told they didn’t see special needs kids. I came across Ora Dentistry through my google search and gave them a call explained to them my situation and they told me they’d be happy to see her. We scheduled an appointment. On the day of the appointment I called again and explained her situation and told them she would like her sister and mom to be there for support due to her anxiety and they were totally accommodating and that put me at ease. We got to our appointment and were greeted by Bridgette she was AMAZING with my daughter she made her feel SUPER comfortable through out the entire process! I’ve never seen my daughter so calm and relaxed. When the doctor came in to do his exam on her he too was beyond nice and again made my daughter feel at ease. I really have to thank Ora dentistry for their excellent service! If you have a special needs child this is the place to go! Highly recommend it!

Steve F.

Two years ago I visited this office to assess the viability of getting an implant for a lost tooth. On that first visit Dr. Dalla had x-rays taken, made the assessment, provided me with options, including performing an implant on a lost back molar. I consented, and right then and there, he performed the actual implant and gave me a return appointment to insure all was healing well. Then, 3 months later, he fitted me with the abutment and took impressions for the crown. Two weeks after that the crown was installed. Not only was the work done in record time, but it has been the best fitting crown I've ever had, and I've had 18 crowns in my lifetime of 68 years. This was my second implant. My first implant was by another dental office and does not come close to compare with Dr. Dalla's work. His implant and crown feel like healthy, natural teeth, and in fact, I chew most of my food using that new "molar." I wish I would have gone to him long ago. By far the best around. He is a perfectionist, and is demanding of himself. Just what you should want in someone performing your dental work. Highest recommendations!

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2733 Elk Grove Blvd, Suite 180
Elk Grove, CA 95758

Phone: (916) 975-1000

Opening Times:

Monday - Thursday 7:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 7:00am - 4:00pm