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The Golden Gate City is one of the most popular tourist destinations in California. Whether it’s because of the Chinatown district, or the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco is the cultural, but also financial center of Northern California. While it’s one of the highest-income cities in the US, it doesn’t mean that it’s free of dental emergencies. The emergencies can range from a toothache to facial swelling caused by a tooth abscess. No matter what kind of a dental emergency you have, we want you to know that we’ve got you covered. By calling us at 1-866-993-7730, we will quickly find a dental office where you can get your treatment. We are working 24 hours a day to give you the best service, while at the same time working with a great number of dental offices so you can go to one without waiting. Don’t wait, call us to find an emergency dentist near you.

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 Francisco. 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 Francisco, 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 Francisco

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Dental Costs in San Francisco

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Important Things to Know

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Walk-in Dental Visits

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Top Emergency Procedures

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Best Emergency Dentists in San Francisco

Below is a listing of dentists available to take emergency dental appointments in San Francisco. 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.

All Smiles Dental

Cuong Ho, DDS
156 West Portal Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94127
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4.98 stars
398 total reviews

About The Office

We are a group of providers with different trainings and backgrounds but we are here with one purpose, that is to provide each and every patient with the best care that they deserve. Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with excellent, personalized care and service to make your visits as comfortable and pleasant as possible. We are committed to comprehensive treatment planning to achieve your optimal dental health that include preventative care and patient education. We strictly maintain sterilization and cross contamination processes using standards recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). To give you the best possible service and results, we are committed to continual education and learning. We attend dental lectures, meetings, and dental conventions to stay informed of new techniques, the latest products, and the newest equipment that a modern dental office can utilize to provide state-of-the-art dental care. Also, being members of various professional dental associations helps us to stay abreast of the changes and recommendations for our profession. Treating our patients as special individuals is vital to our success. We can make a difference in providing a relaxing and positive experience.

Aesthetic Dentistry of Noe Valley

Nisha Krishnaiah, DDS
4162 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
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4.54 stars
135 total reviews

About The Office

We are committed to providing quality healthcare to families located in the San Francisco area and treat patients of all ages. We provide comprehensive solutions for our patients' oral health needs. Believing in the importance of listening to our patients, we take the time to truly understand each person's needs, goals, and lifestyle. By understanding our patients' objectives we can provide solutions that will improve their health while transforming their smile into something bright and beautiful. Aesthetic Dentistry of Noe Valley is a San Francisco based dental practice. We have been around for over 16 years. Our mantra is very simple: to provide exceptional dental care individualized for each patient in a warm and nurturing environment. With this in mind, we employ the latest technologies, use the best quality materials, work with the highest caliber of specialists and ceramists and provide a compassionate, welcoming environment. We are attentive to our patients' needs, maintaining integrity, and dignity as we render our services. Combining the art and science of cosmetic dentistry, we transform smile after smile exceeding our patients' expectations. Creating healthy, life-like, beautifully smiles is our expertise and we take our job very seriously. Our staff works as a team to facilitate our patients’ visits at our office. Our front office handles insurance, financial agreements, flex spend programs, and scheduling. Our back office staff – dental assistants – renders exceptional general and cosmetic services while optimizing patient comfort. Our dental hygienists are extremely gentle yet thorough. They perform general and deep cleanings using the latest methods and technologies available while also providing the best hygiene instructions. We make providing top notch service a priority in our office.

SOMA Dental

Nigel Suarez, DDS
148 South Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94103
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4.56 stars
57 total reviews

About The Office

SOMA Dental is among the most elegant and relaxing clinics in San Francisco for superior dental care. Located at the heart of the city, a block away from Market on South Van Ness Ave., our facility offers the latest technology and skilled service in a calm and friendly environment. With over two decades of experience practicing in the Bay Area, Dr. Suarez’s success is based on his devotion to excellent and painless dental care and the personal attention he gives all his patients. His facility has been designed for the comfort of our patients. All private suites are equipped with flat screen monitors and headphones for watching cable TV, DVD, or listening to CD’s. In addition, SOMA Dental offers the latest in Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry, and Orthodontics including Invisalign and Rembrandt one-hour in office teeth whitening. Our dental laboratories guarantee the highest quality of veneers, crowns, and dentures for the best esthetic results. Dr. Suarez and his staff are dedicated to making your experience at SOMA Dental pleasant and comfortable and provide you with the very best in dental care.

Arielle Liberman, DMD

2497 San Bruno Ave
San Francisco, CA 94134
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5.0 stars
40 total reviews

About The Office

Arielle Liberman, DMD is a Family and Cosmetic Dentist in San Francisco, California. She practices a full scope of general and cosmetic dentistry, including fillings, porcelain veneers, dental implants, crowns. Dr. Liberman takes pride in providing exceptional patient care and believes in treating each person with a gentle and caring touch. She treats patients of all ages, from toddlers to seniors. We serve our neighbors in Bernal Heights, Mission Terrace, Visitation Valley, Excelsior, and the Bayview District, and all over San Francisco and the Bay Area. We are proud of our beautifully updated treatment rooms and state-of-the-art technology. General & Cosmetic Dentistry can give you a smile you're happy to show off. Modern cosmetic dentistry techniques make it easier than ever for you to have a bright, beautiful smile.

SF Dental

Stella Kim, DDS
800 Santiago St
San Francisco, CA 94116
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5.0 stars
121 total reviews

About The Office

At SF Dental, we believe great dental health starts with great relationships. That’s why we pair gentle, state-of-the-art dental care with a warm, caring attitude. If you’re in or near San Francisco’s Parkside or Sunset districts, we’re close by. Drop in for a complimentary cup of coffee. We believe in: spending the time to make you comfortable and happy, offering you a range of treatment options, providing the most gentle dental care possible, using the best tool for the job, whether it’s high-tech or tried-and-true, engaging in lifelong learning in pursuit of excellence. If this is your idea of what healthcare should be, then SF Dental just might be the right fit for you!

Average Dental Treatment Prices in San Francisco, 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 Francisco, CA1.

Dental Category Procedure Average Cost
Preventive Care X-ray (single) $29
X-ray (bitewing) $95
X-ray (complete) $206
Adult cleaning $143
Tooth sealant $72
Fillings Silver amalgam $212
Composite resin (front teeth) $200
Composite resin (rear teeth) $203
Inlays One surface $885
Two surface $1,156
Three surface $1,513
Veneers Bonded plastic veneers $702
Porcelain veneers $1,447
Root Canal (Endodontics) Anterior root canal $1,031
Bicuspid root canal $1,247
Molar root canal $1,578
Periodontics Perio exam & x-rays $423
Scaling & root planing (quadrant) $528
Gingivectomy (single tooth) $409
Gingivectomy (quadrant) $1,270
Pedicle graft $1,242
Free gingival graft $1,279
Periodontal maintenance $357
Oral Surgery Simple extraction (per tooth) $214
Surgical extraction $414
Dental implant $4,078
Wisdom teeth (impacted) $984
Crowns Porcelain crown (metal) $1,479
Porcelain crown (gold) $1,912
Gold crown $1,830
Dentures Complete denture (upper) $2,329
Complete denture (lower) $2,397
Partial denture (non-metal) $1,684
Partial denture (metal) $2,617

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

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.

Finding a dentist that’s open all night or that’s open on weekends is very difficult. According to the American Dental Association, only 45% of dentists work on Saturdays, and even less dentists, 4% work on Sundays2. If you are unlucky enough to get an emergency dental problem during the weekend, you might find yourself googling for an emergency dentist near you. There are over 650 dentists in San Francisco3, making San Francisco a city very saturated with dentists. Unfortunately, most of these dentists don’t work when you need them the most. If you’re in need of an emergency dentist, call us to locate one for you.

Our company works with a great number of dentist offices in California. In case you’re having a dental emergency, we are the right choice for you. For any kind of dental problem, from a chipped tooth or a crown to an unbearable toothache, you can call us and count on us to find you a dentist near you and schedule a same day appointment. We can schedule an emergency appointment the first thing in the morning if you give us a call late at night. Our access to dentists’ appointment books lets us do this for you. While you may have other ways of locating a dentist, we are the only ones that can locate an emergency dentist near you in less than three minutes.

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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.

Transferring your dental records from your old dentist to your new one is one of the most important things you should do before your appointment. The dental records can greatly help the dentist with seeing your previous condition, and determining the correct treatment. If you are unsure how to get your old dental records, just ask your previous dental office to give you a copy, or to send them to your new dentist. If you are having an appointment at your current dentist, write down any changes you have had since your last visit. Your dentist should know what level of pain you were in, were your teeth sensitive to hot or cold, or if you had bleeding gums.

You should always answer your dentist’s questions truthfully. The dentist needs to know details about your oral hygiene habits. The dentist will ask you some other questions like when was the last time you had a dental checkup. By knowing this information, the dentist can do his job better. One of the best ways to prepare for your next dental appointment is right after you finish your last one. As soon as you finish with your procedure, ask the staff if you can schedule the next appointment in six months. That’s the optimal time to get another checkup and cleaning. By scheduling an appointment right away, you avoid forgetting to do it later.

A research done by the American Dental Association shows that 12% of people that haven’t been to the dentist in the last 12 months say it was because they are afraid of the dentist4. If you’re feeling anxiety, there are a few tricks that can help you. Get a good night’s sleep will let you relax more for the treatment you’re going to. Also avoid caffeinated and sugary drinks because even though they give you more energy for the day, they will make you more nervous before your appointment. If you don’t like the sound of the drill the dentist is using, bring your headphones and listen to music. Bringing a friend with you to the dentist is good for you because you will have someone you can trust in the waiting room. Bring a toy for your child, or a stress relief ball for yourself to hold on to while you’re in the dentist’s chair helps as well.

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.

Since there are around 650 dentists in San Francisco, it shouldn’t be too difficult locating one near you. If you are having an emergency, you might probably think that going to the nearest one and trying to get a walk-in is easy. You couldn’t be farther from the truth. Dentists don’t accept walk-ins as much as they did before. Dental offices have very busy schedules, and any deviations like taking you in, can disorganize them. Dental offices like you to get an appointment first for a number of reasons. One of them is giving you a correct pricing. The dentist can’t give you one without knowing your form of payment first. If you have insurance, the staff at the office needs to call the insurance company and check the information, which can be fast, but can also last up to 48 hours. Another reason is that even if you’re experiencing a dental emergency, and the dentist would like to help you, he might have to cancel or postpone other patients’ appointments, which is unprofessional and by doing that, the dentist is risking bad reputation and negative reviews. Instead of showing up at the dentist office expecting to get a walk-in, either call them, or call our service, so we can schedule a same day appointment with an emergency dentist near you.

If you are thinking of getting a walk-in, instead call us. We can get you an emergency dentist quickly, even on the same day you call. If your crown is chipped or it fell out, call us immediately to schedule an appointment with an emergency dentist who can make a new one on the same day. We work with many dentists in San Francisco that make CEREC crowns, which are made by the aid of computers. One of the biggest benefits to these crowns, compared to traditional dental crowns, is that they can be produced fast. You only need one day for the dentist to get a 3D scan of your teeth, make a crown, and install it. Getting a traditional crown will require you to go to the dentist at least twice, and get a temporary crown before your real one is manufactured. Prices of both of these types of crowns is similar, so you should think about CEREC same day crowns.

A research done by McKinsey & Company shows that 35% of people in California haven’t had a dental visit in the last 12 months5. Out of those people, 18% said that they didn’t go because they found the time or location inconvenient, and 12% said that they had trouble finding a dentist, according to the American Dental Association4. Preventive care is very important if you want your dental health to be in good condition. Seeing the dentist every six months allows him to diagnose any dental problem you might have before you need an extensive and costly procedure. Regularly going to the dentist will stop your cavity from progressing, requiring the dentist to perform a root canal treatment, and install a crown.

Top Emergency Dental Procedures in San Francisco

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

One of the most common emergency procedures in San Francisco is the extraction of wisdom teeth. People usually get impacted wisdom teeth when they start to enter adulthood, and they can cause great problems. If you have irritated gums around that area, or even constant bad breath, then you will have to see a dentist to check your wisdom teeth. An infection can commonly occur when they don’t come in as they should. They damage adjacent teeth because they’re pushing them too much. Also, food and bacteria easily get stuck between the tooth and the gums, making wisdom teeth very easily affected by dental caries.

Broken teeth can often be a part of a broken jaw, without you even knowing it. You might feel pain in case of a facial trauma, such as a hit to your face, but you might not be aware your teeth suffered damage as well. In case that happens, put an ice pack on the affected area, and call us to schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible. Cracked and broken teeth can sometimes be saved by the dentist, depending on the severity of the fracture. In some cases the dentist might have to perform a root canal treatment on you, while in others you will have to put a crown on the affected tooth. In more extreme cases, a tooth extraction will be needed.

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 Francisco 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 Francisco 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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