Emergency Dentist Specialist

Downtown Dentist SF

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Union Square, San Francisco, CA

If you’re in pain, or there’s damage to your teeth, don’t let it wait. Schedule an appointment with Stefka Petrova, DDS, at Downtown Dentist SF in the Union Square neighborhood of San Francisco. Dr. Petrova is available for same-day emergency dental care. When you call the office, Dr. Petrova and her staff make sure you get prompt attention and give you advice on handling the situation until your same-day appointment.

Emergency Dentist Q & A

What is a dental emergency?

If something’s bleeding, broken, or causing severe pain, it’s best to err on the side of caution and treat it as an emergency. Contact Downtown Dentist SF as soon as you suspect there’s something wrong so you can receive immediate attention. Getting to the office as soon as possible can make a crucial difference between saving or losing your tooth.

Common dental emergencies include:

  • Knocked-out or loose teeth
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Toothaches
  • Lost crowns or fillings
  • Abscesses and infections
  • Gum and tongue injuries
  • Objects stuck in teeth

Dr. Petrova makes it a priority to be available for same-day visits in the event of a dental emergency. The office is open 8:00am – 5:00pm on Mondays and Fridays and from 8:00am – 6:00pm on Wednesdays.

How do I care for a dental emergency until I can see a dentist?

Though Dr. Petrova makes every effort to be available as soon as possible, it’s helpful to be prepared in the event of a dental emergency. Though it’s not a substitute for dental care, at-home care can help reduce your pain and save teeth that are in danger. Below are some guidelines for how to respond in common scenarios until you can see Dr. Petrova:


Rinse out your mouth with warm water. Gently remove any food particles with floss. Do not put aspirin on your gums. Doing so can cause a burning sensation and even gum damage.

Knocked-out Tooth

Gently try to place your tooth back into the socket. If you can’t, preserve the tooth by placing it in either a glass or milk or water with a pinch of table salt.

Cracked tooth

First, rinse your mouth with warm water. Apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth to reduce swelling. Apply gauze directly to the area until bleeding stops.

How do I prevent dental emergencies?

Though not all dental emergencies are preventable, you can protect yourself from many dental emergencies by:

  • Brushing and flossing regularly
  • Contacting Dr. Petrova at the first sign of pain or injury to natural teeth and restorations
  • Wearing a mouthguard if you play sports
  • Wearing a nightguard when you sleep if you have a habit of grinding your teeth
  • Avoiding habits like biting your nails and chewing on pens

Don’t let a dental emergency wait. Call Dr. Petrova’s office to get relief and save your teeth or book an emergency appointment online.