Emergency Dentistry

Shirley Zhao, DDS -  - General and Cosmetic Dentistry

Zhao Dental

Shirley Zhao, DDS

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Pleasanton, CA & Tracy, CA

Shirley Zhao, DDS, and the expert team at Zhao Dental can help you be proactive and reactive with regards to a dental emergency. With two offices in Pleasanton and Tracy, California, the dental group offers same-day emergency dentistry treatments and a 24-hour dental emergency line. The team strives to provide the best possible dental care for you and your family when you need it most. Protect your oral health in a dental emergency and visit Zhao Dental. Walk-in, click the online booking tool, or call your nearest location.

Emergency Dentistry

What’s the difference between general and emergency dentistry?

General dentistry refers to general dental treatments, checkups, and cleanings. You still receive efficient and personalized dental care at Zhao Dental, but your situation isn’t considered a dental emergency.

Emergency dentistry is focused on treating dental pain and injuries that require medical attention as soon as possible. A dental emergency might involve saving a broken or knocked-out tooth. With a dental emergency, the right prompt dental care could save your natural tooth.

Am I dealing with a dental emergency?

You might be dealing with a dental emergency if you have:

  • Bleeding or swelling in your mouth
  • Intense tooth or mouth pain
  • Knocked-out teeth
  • Trauma to your jaw or mouth area
  • A cut or tear on your lips
  • A loose permanent tooth
  • A severely cracked or broken tooth


The team at Zhao Dental works hard to protect and optimize your dental health and provide high quality and efficient dental care in an emergency.

What treatments might be involved with emergency dentistry?

Emergency dentistry might involve several treatments. For example, your emergency dentist might need to:

  • Perform tooth extractions
  • Repair broken teeth
  • Treat oral abscesses
  • Replace missing teeth


Zhao Dental provides impressive and lasting restorative options to strengthen decaying, weak, or cracked teeth. Your dentist can also treat impacted wisdom teeth if necessary.

What should I do in a dental emergency?

If you or your loved one are experiencing a dental emergency, you should act as quickly as possible.

A knocked-out tooth is a serious dental emergency that can result in you losing your tooth if it isn’t properly treated.

If you knock out, chip, or break a tooth, you should clean your mouth and your injured tooth using lukewarm water. Avoid touching your tooth’s roots and hold it gently by the top or crown.

After cleaning, use a light pressure to reposition your tooth back into your empty gum socket. To hold your tooth in place, bite down softly on a gauze pad until you can visit Zhao Dental. You can also place your tooth in a glass of milk. Call your nearest Zhao location right away.

If you’re dealing with a bleeding or swollen gums or lips, your dentist might recommend placing gauze on the affected area with an ice pack to reduce swelling until you get to the office. 

Rest assured your best interests and dental health are the priority at Zhao Dental. In a dental emergency, walk-in, click the online booking tool, or call Zhao Dental.