James A. Forester, DDS Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
San Luis Obispo pediatric dentist Dr. Forester with a little patient

Emergency Pediatric Dentist for Children in San Luis Obispo, CA

If your child is in the middle of a dental emergency, our pediatric dental team in San Luis Obispo can help. We’re committed to being there for our young patients when they need us most because you never know when an emergency will come along.

Below are some of the most common dental emergencies, with tips on how to manage them until Dr. Forester can see your son or daughter.

Knocked Out Baby Tooth

If your child has just lost a baby tooth because of an accident or injury, clean the area gently with a washcloth or gauze and notify us immediately. While there has likely been no damage to the secondary tooth underneath, Dr. Forester may want to complete an exam with an x-ray to be sure.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

A knocked-out permanent tooth is a more serious issue and needs to be addressed as quickly as possible. Call our team immediately for help. Until we can see you, try to place the tooth back into the socket it came from. If that’s not possible, store it in a small bag of milk. Our goal is always to reattach the natural tooth if possible.

Broken Tooth

Depending on where the fracture occurs, a broken tooth may be an urgent matter. Teeth have nerves and blood vessels inside of them and if that is exposed it can be a painful situation. Also, a fracture can occasionally lead to nerve damage later on if not addressed. Dr. Forester will evaluate the nature of the broken tooth and make recommendations for future follow up or care. If possible, bring the fractured piece with you as you come in to see Dr. Forester.  Occasionally we are able to bond the tooth back together at least temporarily, and if not it provides us with a good picture of what the tooth looked like beforehand.

Severe Toothache

Toothaches can be caused by cavities, but they can also be caused by having something lodged around the tooth. Before calling us, clean around your little one’s tooth with a brush and some floss. If his or her discomfort persists, notify us and we’ll schedule an appointment.

Call Your Pediatric Dentist for Same Day Dental Emergency Assistance

Call us immediately if your child is experiencing these or any other dental emergencies. Our team in San Luis Obispo is happy to be here for your family.

Kids and PArents Love us

Our 5-year old had a great experience, despite needing a cavity filled. Dr. Forester spent a lot of time with us explaining everything and totally put our son at ease. We're glad we found you! ~ Destini C., Facebook Review
My 3 1/2 & 2 year old LOVE this dental office & Dr Forrester! Everybody in the office is friendly & make the visit fun for kids. Highly recommended! ~ Jen B., Facebook Review