Emergency Dentistry Specialist

Rick Pan, DMD

Dentist located in San Jose, CA

In the event of a dental emergency, having a trusted dental professional to turn to can make a world of difference. Dr. Rick Pan serves that role for many of his patients in and around San Jose, California. If you find yourself facing the need for emergency dentistry, contact the office by phone to schedule an appointment as quickly as possible.

Emergency Dentistry Q&A

What is emergency dentistry?

Emergency dentistry is the service provided to individuals who suffered a sudden or traumatic dental condition. Urgent care dentistry falls under the same umbrella.

There are a number of events that can trigger the need for emergency dentistry, including the following:

  • Broken or chipped tooth
  • Painful abscess and swelling

What should I do in the case of a dental emergency?

If you suffer a dental emergency, your first step should be to secure your personal safety.

Next, assess your medical condition to the best of your ability. If needed, call 911 to obtain emergency medical assistance. If you do not need emergency medical care, contact Dr. Pan's office to determine your next steps or schedule an emergency dental appointment.

Is it possible to prevent a dental emergency?

Many types of emergencies are unpredictable due to their very nature. However, there are steps that you can take to reduce your chances of involvement in a dental emergency.

If you participate in sports or athletic pursuits that have a high risk of dental injury, take steps to protect your teeth from harm with a custom mouthguard.

What if I have a knocked-out tooth?

An avulsed, or knocked-out tooth requires prompt action. If possible, attempt to replace the tooth in its socket.

The next-best thing to do is to gently rinse any dirt or debris from the surface of the tooth without touching the root. Place the tooth in the space between your cheek and gum tissue, or in a small container of milk.

Contact Dr. Pan right away to schedule an urgent care appointment. In some cases, it may be possible to save an avulsed tooth.


Any time you have a dental emergency, contact Dr. Pan’s office to learn the best course of action. A fast response can make a big difference in the eventual outcome of any treatment path.