Skip to main content
(310) 373-0667 Pay my bill
Dental Emergency Torrance, CA

Dental Emergency

Many different types of emergencies are capable of occurring in the office. Some recent emergencies we have reviewed are asthma, hypertension, and dental trauma. A preventable emergency that can still occur with all precautions taken is swallowing or aspiration (down the windpipe) of a dental instrument or tooth. Aspiration of teeth can also occur during endotracheal intubation while a patient is being placed under general anesthesia, whether it is in a dental or hospital setting.

In the dental office, multiple precautions should be taken during certain dental procedures. As we know, endodontists place a rubber dam to isolate the tooth from the oral environment. This is a good measure to also protect the airway and prevent any files or clamps from falling into the patient’s airway during extirpation.

In the office setting of a general dentist during implant crown procedures, preparing teeth for cavities or crowns, one can use a 4×4 gauze with a Weider retractor to protect from iatrogenic injury to the tongue and an implant driver or any other small instrument from falling into the airway.

In the oral surgery office and offices that perform dental extractions, one has to be cautious of debris from fractured teeth remnants from falling into the airway. During extractions, a carious tooth can crumble into many pieces, which then a small piece can slip its way down the airway. In addition, the tooth can slip out of the forceps and travel down as well. It is always important to isolate the mouth from the airway with a 4×4 gauze and a Weider retractor. There will be patients who will complain of these protecting methods, however if you inform them of the importance they will understand. I even add, “The tooth doesn’t taste like chocolate,” which they smirk with and allow for the placement of the instrument.

Posted on behalf of Torrance Oral Surgery Center

23451 Madison St #120
Torrance, CA 90505

Phone: (310) 373-0667


Monday - Friday 8AM - 5PM
Torrance Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center logo

What Our Patients Say About Us

Even our patients who have been told in the past that they are not good candidates for dental implants have found options at our clinic.

  • Mindy W.

    This is a very welcoming center. Everyone seemed very competent and helpful. I had an oral biopsy today. No waiting. The staff were ready for me and all was in place. Dr. Yagoubian was warm , cheerful and I felt in extremely capable hands. I am so grateful I was referred to him. Sincerely, Mindy W.

  • Raj G.

    Dr. Yagoubian is excellent. I was in state for business when my wisdom tooth broke. I was lucky enough to find Dr. Yagoubian's office. Everyone there was professional and courteous. The procedure went smoothly. Dr. Y is highly skilled, meticulous, and a very personable health care provider (a rarity in the field, in my opinion). If you need an oral surgeon, I highly recommend him.

  • Chahab S.

    Dr Yagoubian is an excellent oral surgeon, supported by a very professional staff. They made the experience as stress-free as possible. Highly recommended.

  • Paul M.

    A positive experience from start to end. I got a sense that this was going to go well and it did. Two extractions, two implants, bone graft and removal of four part bridge. Leaving part of the bridge on one tooth. If there were 10stars they would be for Torrance oral surgery group and Dr. Alicia Wolf / Blanco Demtal Group for recommending Ben.