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It doesn’t matter if you are a resident, tourist, or just passing through the San Diego area, a dental emergency may always arise and you may be in need of immediate dental care. Our "Dentist Near Me" referral service is a free solution to booking an appointment with an emergency dentist, no matter whether it's the weekend, or the middle of the night. Simply call us to speak with one of our dental referral specialists, and let us find the perfect local dentist open now.

The last thing anyone wants to do during a dental emergency is spend time researching the best emergency dentists that are available to see same-day new patients, and that's what we have done for you. We've searched through the most popular online resources for reviews and dentist evaluations such as Yelp, Healthgrades, Google, Zocdoc, Vitals and more, to find the best rated emergency dentists in San Diego. Our process is quite simple, but very time consuming. We search through thousands of consumer and patient reviews to eliminate any fake or what appears to be paid reviews, and then aggregate all of the data across the various platforms to bring you the best emergency dentists we can find. With the thousands of child dental emergencies that have come through our service, we also specialize in locating pediatric dentists to address any emergency your child may be experiencing. If you are looking for a dentist near you in San Diego, browse some of the listings below, or call us to have a trained dental operator take care of the whole process for you, free of charge. Simply call us at the number above to get in touch with our dental referral specialists to find the best emergency dentist near you.

Everything You Need To Know About Emergency Dental in San Diego

Let us find the right emergency dental office in San Diego near you. Select one of the categories below to quickly scroll to a specific section in order to learn more about emergency dentists in San Diego, as well an any related items such as dental emergency costs, insurance, common procedures, and more.

Emergency Dentists

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Dental Costs in San Diego

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Important Things to Know

Find out some useful things to know before going to the dentist for an emergency appointment.

Walk-in Dental Visits

Learn about going to a walk-in dentist near you in San Diego.

Top Emergency Procedures

Here are some things you can do at home when a dental emergency occurs.

Best Emergency Dentists in San Diego

Below is a listing of dentists available to take emergency dental appointments in San Diego. We have collected data on some of the best emergency dentists, along with their bios and review ratings from around to web to help you make a better decision around choosing an emergency dentist. Call us now to book an appointment with one of these dentists, or let us find a dentist near you open now.

Holistic Dentist Paige Woods

Paige Woods, DDS
10450 Friars Rd
San Diego, CA 92120
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4.84 stars
194 total reviews

About The Office

Dr. Woods' practice and holistic approach to dentistry has immense benefits for those patients that may have fear of dentistry, and those looking to find out how to improve their overall wellbeing, not just their teeth. Dr. Woods' dental treatment focuses on three key areas outside of just oral health, including:

    1. Dietary recommendations to improve overall health.
    2. Physical recommendations to promote mental and spiritual health.
    3. Education about how to interact with your holistic medical providers.

The focus of Dr. Woods' practice is to provide the best dental experience available today via modern equipment and technology, as well as utilizing all precautionary measures to ensure procedures are performed to the highest standard possible. Her extensive knowledge of the causes of dental anxiety has led to the development of treatment processes that will allow the most anxious of patients to feel comfortable with her work, and dedication to safety can be seen through the numerous precautionary steps taken when performing procedures such as replacing amalgam fillings.

Walnut Avenue Dentistry

Christie Martinez, DDS
305 Walnut Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103
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5.0 stars
48 total reviews

About The Office

Walnut Avenue Dentistry is known as one of the best dental practices in San Diego. The office is staffed with three dentists, and they have the latest and greatest technology such as CEREC, allowing people to get crowns in just one visit. So, if you need an emergency crown placed, you can rest assured that in this practice you will only need to come once to place a permanent crown. The office practices Sedation Dentistry, allowing patients to ease their anxiety and fear of dental work by taking safe amounts of medication prior to the visit. With low radiation x-ray equipment, you can feel safe that the levels or radiation exposure when taking dental x-rays is minimal. In addition to accepting the top dental insurance plans, Walnut Avenue Dentistry also offers in-house benefits, which offer some great benefits for those patients that make dental visits a regular part of their lives.

Dr. Adina Manolescu Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Adina Manolescu, DDS
6529 Mission Gorge Rd
San Diego, CA 92120
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4.99 stars
288 total reviews

About The Office

Dr. Adina Manolescu prides herself on offering high standards of treatment, patient education, uncompromising safety, and best of all, focuses on making sure all of her patients have a positive dental experience. The office is big on preventative care and education, and we absolutely agree that these are the pillars of achieving great dental health and overall health. The office offers same-day emergency dental visits, and will make every effort to fit any emergency into their busy schedule, which says a lot about this office. Dr. Manolescu caters to patients of all ages, and you can be sure that her approach will make anyone feel more at ease in a dental office.

The Dental Docs

Paul Luczynski, DDS
3730 3rd Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103
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4.82 stars
60 total reviews

About The Office

Drs. Luczynski and his partners, Dr. McDonald and Dr. Ian, make sure that every patient has the best possible dental experience by utilizing the latest advanced technologies to treat their patients. This means faster, safer, and better dental care for patients and emergency walk-ins. Some of the tools they use include: power magnifying glasses in order to see details the naked eye cannot, digital imaging making the process safer and faster, intraoral cameras to diagnose the most difficult problems, and a CEREC machine, allowing patients to get permanent crowns place in just a single visit. The Dental Docs are focused on provide each one of their patients the best possible dental experience, utilizing the latest dental technology to assist them. You can rest assured that you will get excellent treatment at this dental office.

Bay View Dental

Mark Emerson, DDS
3737 Moraga Ave
Suite A-108
San Diego, CA 92117
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4.99 stars
531 total reviews

About The Office

Dr. Mark Emerson and his team at Bay View Dental have operated their dental office in San Diego since 2000. The office is focused on preventive care, and along with a strong belief in patient education, they are ready to take any patient and make them a believer in regular dental visits. Now, for those that have not been paying as much attention to their dental health, this office is equipped with machines such as CEREC, which allow emergency patients needing crowns to get a restoration in just one visit. The practice caters to patients of all ages, and you can rest assured that if you have a fear of dental offices and experience anxiety, this friendly team will provide you with the best experience possible.

Average Dental Treatment Prices in San Diego, CA

Everyone dislikes dealing with a dental emergency, and besides the headache of the discomfort, there are the dental emergency costs to deal with. In order to help you better prepare for your dental emergency visit, we have provided a list of common procedures and their associated average cost. While procedure cost will vary from dentist to dentist, the prices below represent average costs you might expect to pay for dentistry in San Diego, CA1.

Dental Category Procedure Average Cost
Preventive Care X-ray (single) $22
X-ray (bitewing) $73
X-ray (complete) $160
Adult cleaning $111
Tooth sealant $56
Fillings Silver amalgam $165
Composite resin (front teeth) $156
Composite resin (rear teeth) $158
Inlays One surface $690
Two surface $902
Three surface $1,180
Veneers Bonded plastic veneers $548
Porcelain veneers $1,180
Root Canal (Endodontics) Anterior root canal $804
Bicuspid root canal $973
Molar root canal $1,231
Periodontics Perio exam & x-rays $330
Scaling & root planing (quadrant) $412
Gingivectomy (single tooth) $318
Gingivectomy (quadrant) $991
Pedicle graft $969
Free gingival graft $998
Periodontal maintenance $278
Oral Surgery Simple extraction (per tooth) $167
Surgical extraction $323
Dental implant $3,182
Wisdom teeth (impacted) $768
Crowns Porcelain crown (metal) $1,153
Porcelain crown (gold) $1,492
Gold crown $1,427
Dentures Complete denture (upper) $1,817
Complete denture (lower) $1,871
Partial denture (non-metal) $1,314
Partial denture (metal) $2,042

How To Find a 24/7 Emergency Dentist in San Diego

We've taken the guesswork out of finding a nearby dentist in emergency situations. Our trained dental referral specialists will make sure you have a same-day booked appointment with a qualified dentist.

Whenever you are searching for an emergency dentist, remember that our whole business is connecting you, the patient, to an emergency dentist near you. There are over a thousand dentists in San Diego2, making it the second city in California, after Los Angeles, when looking at the number of dentists. You may be looking for an emergency dentist for a number of reasons, some being an unbearable toothache, a chipped tooth, or even a loose wire off your braces that’s troubling your cheek. Whatever your emergency may be, you can know that you can call us to locate an emergency dentist near you in San Diego.

Only 4% of dentists work on Sundays, and 45% work on Saturdays, according to the American Dental Association3. Also, as stated in a research done by the ADA, 19% of people in California have taken a day off in the past 12 months because they needed to go to a dentist4. The same research shows that out of people who haven’t been to the dentist in the last 12 months, 18% say it was because of inconvenient time or location, and 12% had trouble finding a dentist. While there are a number of ways to locate a dentist, including Google Maps or Yelp, there is no better way to locate and schedule a dentist appointment than with us. Our service is completely free, but it’s fast as well. It will take us less than three minutes to locate an emergency dentist near you, and then schedule an appointment for you. We want to hear about any other requests you might have, such as a dentist that uses sedation if you’re afraid. The dentist can use many forms of sedation if you have dental anxiety. If you inform the dentist about your situation, he can instruct you to take oral medication 30 minutes prior to your arrival to your appointment. Nitrous oxide is better known as laughing gas, and it’s a form of sedation that makes you feel relaxed about the procedure you’re about to have. IV sedation offers a high level of sedation, but still keeps you conscious, compared to general anesthesia. You should always inform the dentist about your dental anxiety, especially when scheduling your appointment if you want the dentist to use sedation.

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Things To Know Before Your Emergency Dentist Appointment

Preparing for your emergency dental visit will help minimize anxiety and reduce the overall time you will have to spend at the dentist office.

First and foremost, best preparation for an emergency dentist appointment is getting enough sleep the night before. Sleeping enough will give your brain time to rest and get rid of the excess anxiety. When you’re in a good mood, even a dentist appointment doesn’t seem so bad. After you wake up, try not to drink sugary or caffeinated beverages. These get your energy levels higher, only to increase the level of your anxiety.

Before your emergency dentist appointment, it’s always good to send your dentist your dental records. If you don’t have them, you can ask your previous dentist to give you a copy. Your dental history can help the dentist see what previous conditions you had, and what possibly help him determine what new treatment you need. The dentist should also know if you’re taking any medication or supplements, because it can affect the treatment he has designed for you. Also get your insurance card ready, and any other information regarding your insurance plan. Finally, come at least 15 minutes early to your appointment. Coming early won’t let you feel in a rush and sit in the dentist chair as soon as you walk in the office. Settling down and getting to know the staff can also help if you’re feeling anxious about getting in the chair. You will have extra time to fill out any forms the staff gives you.

Get A Walk-In Emergency Dentist Appointment Today

We specialize in locating a dentist near you that is available to take you in for an immediate appointment on the same day. Your emergency concierge is just a phone call away.

Dentists today rarely accept walk-ins, and it’s because of many reasons. The staff at the dentist office can’t give you an accurate pricing if they don’t know details about your insurance plan beforehand. If you come for a walk-in without providing the staff your insurance card or information first, they will struggle with calling the insurance company and confirming what kind of insurance you have. Sometimes it takes up to 48 hours, so no wonder dentists want you to make an appointment first. Schedules also differ from day to day. The dentist can set his weekly schedule so some days he has to perform complicated procedures, and other days can be set for basic ones, such as checkups and cleanings. If you’re lucky enough to come on a day when the dentist is mostly doing basic procedures, he might take you in. However, we advise against gambling your time like that.

Our dental referral specialists are able to access offices’ appointment books and schedule an appointment immediately, making it very easy for you to get a same day appointment. There’s no need for getting walk-ins anymore when you have our free service at the tip of your hand. Regardless of your insurance, or other way of payment, we will locate a dentist near you in less than three minutes and schedule an appointment. Preventive care doesn’t only help save your teeth, but it saves your money as well. Around 35% of people in California haven’t been to the dentist in the last 12 months, according to a research done by McKinsey & Company5. Out of those people, 62% have said that it was because of the high cost, as stated in the research done by the American Dental Association4. It doesn’t matter how old you are or how many teeth you’ve already repaired, you can still save money by going to the dentist every six months. Even insurance companies offer two free checkups and cleanings a year in most of their plans, because they know regular visits to the dentist prevent your teeth from developing a condition that needs an extensive treatment.

Top Emergency Dental Procedures in San Diego

No single procedure defines a dental emergency, but the treatments listed below are most commonly encountered during emergency dental visits.

There is a long list of emergency dental procedures, so we will only name a few here. A knocked out tooth is a common emergency, which needs to be dealt with as soon as possible. If the tooth gets knocked out, pick it up by the head, not the root. Wash it in warm water, but don’t scrub the root because the remaining tissue on it can better the dentist’s chances of placing it back into the socket. The next thing you should do is try to put the tooth back into its socket and bite down gently, and if you can’t, put it in a milk filled container to keep the root fresh until you get to a dentist. If you get to the dentist in less than an hour after the tooth was knocked out, then the chances of saving the tooth are still going to be high. You still might be able to save the tooth after the first hour, but the chances will be much lower. If you have a cracked or a fractured tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water, then use an ice pack and press it to your face to keep the swelling down. The same procedure goes for a toothache, but in addition, use tooth floss to remove any food around your tooth. Remember never to apply a painkiller directly to a tooth, because it can damage the surrounding gums. If there is any bleeding from or around your tooth, take acetaminophen, instead of aspirin or ibuprofen, because it is not a blood thinner, meaning a blood clot can form, stopping the bleeding.

An emergency procedure that dentists have to perform often is a tooth extraction. These procedures are often performed on children because of their baby teeth, but adults may also need to have their teeth extracted. The most common causes for tooth extraction are when the jaw is too small or the teeth are too big. If people decide to get braces to align their teeth, some teeth might need to get extracted because they’re either too big, or there is not enough space to properly align them. A facial trauma might leave some of your teeth cracked or fractured, and require you to extract your tooth if it can’t be repaired. In case you have gum disease, your tooth may become loose, so it might need to get extracted. Finally, the most teeth that get extracted are wisdom teeth, because they often don’t come in the proper way, and are pushing and damaging adjacent teeth. Oral surgery is often needed for an extraction of a wisdom tooth.

Chipped Tooth

The most common dental emergency in the US is a chipped tooth. While it may not seem like a dental emergency, you should still seek out a dentist as soon as possible because your condition might get worse over time. If a tooth has already had extensive restoration, such as a filling, the chances are higher of it getting damaged, especially when biting down on hard foods. It can also get chipped because you’re grinding your teeth, which is a condition called bruxism. A chipped tooth that has been left untreated for too long can result in an infection of the nerve and pulp of your tooth. A root canal treatment will be needed in case of a serious infection. If a tooth has been chipped, there are chances of it breaking, because it is already weakened.

Broken or Fractured Tooth

One of the most common types of dental emergencies is a broken tooth. A broken tooth can result from a number of reasons including: cracks or chips from biting down on a hard object, severe facial impact from an accident, sports injury, a fall, dental decay that has weakened the tooth over time, or a dental filling that has weakened the tooth structure around it. The severity of the break will vary from minor cracks, to a tooth that has been broken down to the root, causing severe pain. If you are experiencing the latter, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water, and cover the tooth with gauze to help stop any bleeding. Next, place an ice pack on your mouth or face if there was an impact that caused the break, and call a dentist immediately. If you do not have a dentist, call us to get connected to an emergency dentist near you 24/7.

Loose Tooth

If a child with baby teeth has a loose tooth, it is perfectly normal. However, if an adult’s tooth is loose, it's a different story and can mean several things. One of them is trauma to the tooth structure caused over time by grinding or clenching your teeth too much. Another common reason for your tooth becoming loose is due to gum disease, where the bacterial plaque causes an infection that weakens gum attachment to the teeth. This can occur if your dental hygiene habits are poor. Some symptoms of gum disease are bleeding or sore gums, pus around the tooth, gum recession, bleeding during brushing your teeth, or your gums becoming red or purple. Besides practicing good oral hygiene, eating healthy and exercising can boost your immune system, which will in turn protect you from this condition.

Knocked Out Tooth

Whether it's due to a contact sport injury or any type of accident, a knocked out tooth is very serious. In case your tooth gets knocked out, pick it up by the crown or the head. Don’t touch the root if you want to have the best chance of getting it placed back into its socket by a dentist. After picking it up, carefully rinse it with water, but don’t scrub it or use soap to clean it. The tooth should be kept moist so try to put it back into its socket and bite down gently until you get to an emergency dentist. If you can’t put it back in, put it in a milk filled container, not water. Immediately see an emergency dentist near you because waiting longer than 30 minutes will decrease chances of the dentist saving it. If you can’t find an endodontist, who specializes in saving teeth, call us as soon as possible to locate one near you and we'll take care of scheduling your appointment.

Lost or Broken Filling

Fillings fall out in most cases because there is decay under them, and they cause the tooth to change shape, making the filling not fit the tooth anymore. One of the most important things to do when your filling falls out is for you not to swallow or bite down on it. In case it’s an amalgam, composite or glass ionomer filling, which is most of fillings these days, you can throw it away. If you haven’t swallowed it and it’s a ceramic inlay or gold filling, the dentist can put it back in its original place. If your tooth becomes sensitive to pressure, or hot or cold temperature after losing a filling, it is very likely that your dentil tubules have been exposed. They are the connection to the pulp of your tooth. You should try to avoid chewing with the side of the mouth where the dentils are exposed, and see a dentist to cover them with a new filling. If you don’t see a dentist immediately, make sure you clean your tooth very well because harmful bacteria can accumulate and harm your tooth even more.

Chipped or Broken Crown

A chipped or broken crown is not an uncommon occurrence, and should be addressed immediately in order to prevent additional complications from taking root. A crown is a protective overlay that is placed on top of a tooth, and without the protection of the crown, a tooth is susceptible to further decay and damage. You may also experience moderate discomfort and sensitivity in the event that your crown has been severely damaged or completely fallen off. If your crown is chipped or broken, rinse your mouth with warm water, and don’t eat on that side of the mouth until you go to the dentist, just in case something gets lodged there. Chips on crowns made of porcelain can in many cases be repaired using composite resin, thereby saving you the cost of having a new crown made. However, if the chip or crack on the crown is severe enough, your dentist will need to have a new crown made in order to prevent further damage to your tooth due to lack of protection from the damaged crown.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

An impacted wisdom tooth is one that grows in at an awkward angle or doesn’t have enough room to emerge. Over 60% of wisdom teeth are impacted, so don’t worry if it happens to you. You might not even realize you have impacted wisdom teeth until your gums start to swell or hurt. Some other symptoms are jaw pain, difficulty opening your mouth, bad breath, and bleeding gums. If not treated, wisdom teeth that are impacted can cause pain, gum infection, or damage to other teeth because it’s pushing them too much. Wisdom teeth have the highest risk of tooth decay due to them being the last tooth in your mouth, or only partially erupted. Food and bacteria can easily get stuck between the tooth and the gums, possibly leading to an infection. You will most likely need to visit an oral surgeon to remove the impacted tooth.

Dental Insurance Plans Available to San Diego Residents

The insurance plan pricing below provides an estimated range of monthly premiums based on type of coverage for some of the most popular plans in the San Diego area.

Insurance Provider Plan Type Monthly Cost Range
AARP6 PPO $49 - $72
HMO (prepaid) $29
Ameritas7 n/a $19 - $101
Blue Cross Blue Shield8 PPO $29 - $37
HMO $18 - $22
Delta Dental9 PPO $34 - $68
DHMO $81 - $93
Humana10 PPO $21 - $47
MetLife11 PPO $34 - $42

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