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Emergency Dentistry Specialist

Irene Zaki, DDS -  - General Dentist

Happy Teeth Children's Dentistry

Irene Zaki, DDS

General Dentist & Pediatric Dentist located in Riverside, CA

Dental emergencies can happen day or night. When they do, immediate dental care is often necessary. If your child experiences a loose or knocked out permanent tooth or mouth trauma, experienced dentist Irene Zaki, DDS, and her team are here for you at Happy Teeth Children's Dentistry in Riverside, California. They offer same-day emergency dentistry availability when your child needs it the most. Book an appointment by phone or online with Happy Teeth Children's Dentistry today.

Emergency Dentistry Q&A

What is emergency dentistry?

Emergency dentistry at Happy Teeth Children's Dentistry is immediate dental care Dr. Zaki and her team offer during a dental emergency. For example, they provide same-day care if your child experiences:

  • Severe tooth decay
  • A loose permanent tooth
  • A knocked out permanent tooth
  • An object stuck between their teeth
  • A soft tissue laceration
  • Mouth trauma

Seeking dental treatment right away can save your child’s tooth from requiring extraction and prevent serious oral health problems. Dr. Zaki and her team can repair baby teeth or permanent teeth in children experiencing a dental emergency.

What should I do during a dental emergency?

Call Happy Teeth Children’s Dentistry right away at the first sign of dental trauma. In the meantime, take the following precautions until you get to the office:

Knocked out tooth

If your child has a knocked out permanent tooth, save the tooth and keep it moist. Put it back in its socket until you get to Happy Teeth Children’s Dentistry.


Don’t put aspirin on an aching tooth. See Dr. Zaki and her team right away.

Cracked tooth

If your child has a cracked tooth, help them rinse their mouth with warm water. Apply a cold compress to their face and head to Happy Teeth Children’s Dentistry right away.

Soft tissue damage

In the case of soft tissue damage in the mouth, such as a cut or laceration, clean the injured area with warm water and apply a cold pack to it until you can get to Happy Teeth Children’s Dentistry.

Object stuck in the mouth

If your child has an object stuck in their mouth, try gently removing it with floss. If it doesn’t come out, see Dr. Zaki and her team right away.

What happens during emergency dentistry?

When your child arrives at an emergency dentist appointment at Happy Teeth Children’s Dentistry, Dr. Zaki evaluates their injury and takes dental X-rays. She lets you know which treatment is needed to restore your child’s teeth, gums, and smile. Dr. Zaki might:

  • Remove a stuck object
  • Repair soft tissue damage
  • Extract a tooth
  • Complete other surgical procedures

When needed, the Happy Feet Children’s Dentistry team offers nitrous oxide (laughing gas) sedation dentistry to ease your child’s anxiety. They also numb the treatment area to avoid pain during emergency dental procedures.

How can I prevent a dental emergency?

While dental emergencies can happen to anybody, taking certain precautions can reduce your child’s risk of experiencing one. Examples include:

  • Wearing a mouthguard during contact sports 
  • Never opening packages with the teeth
  • Avoiding chewing on popcorn, ice, and hard candy

The next time your child experiences a dental emergency, you can trust Dr. Zaki and her team with their care. Schedule an emergency dentistry appointment with Happy Teeth Children’s Dentistry by phone or online.