It isn’t unusual for an adult to feel a few aches pains or some occasional tooth sensitivity, especially as they grow older and their teeth work under the effects of normal wear and tear, but sometimes those aches and pains can feel so much worse than “normal aches and pains.” In fact, there are a handful of dental emergencies that warrant an immediate phone call to the office of Dr. Robert Walley.

To remove any doubt as to whether or not you should make that emergency dentist appointment, the following are dental emergencies worth having checked out immediately:

#1 Broken or Knocked-Out Tooth

The most obvious emergency dentist visit typically comes as a result of teeth getting knocked out or chipped, especially when trauma is causing the kind of pain that makes it nearly impossible to focus on anything else. Losing a tooth will create quite a bit of blood, but if you get to the dentist quickly enough, it may be possible to save the tooth. The longer you wait, the more invasive and expensive the fix can be.

#2 Loose or Missing Crown

Losing a filling or a crown is the type of thing most dental patients notice immediately, not only because the tooth feels odd with that filling or crown gone, but also because losing them can lead to some significant pain. Putting off refilling or re-crowning the tooth could mean a root canal if not handled in a timely manner, which is why an emergency dental visit may be necessary.

#3 Excruciating Tooth Pain

Intense tooth pain can be a result of the aforementioned issues, but it doesn’t have to be. Sometimes your teeth ache so badly, the pain rushes through your body with every bite. If you’ve got that kind of tooth pain and aren’t sure where it’s coming from, you really should get in to see your dentist immediately.

#4 Abscesses Have Formed

An abscess is a terribly painful infection most commonly found on the root of a tooth. The most common causes of these are serious gum disease or a cavity that has been left untreated, so it often happens that these patients haven’t been to the dentist in a long time, anyway. If you’ve got an abscess, though, it’s time to get in as quickly as you can.

#5 Abnormal Swelling in Jaw and/or Mouth

Sometimes swelling in your jaw or mouth doesn’t appear directly connected to any one tooth, but any sort of swelling (especially when accompanied by pain) could be related to some underlying infection. If it’s gotten to the point where that infection is causing swelling on that level, it definitely is time for an emergency dentist visit.

Emergency Dental Services in San Francisco

Put simply, emergency dental visits don’t just occur because of a toothache. If you feel as though a significant issue is causing problems in your mouth, it’s always best to call Dr. Walley’s office immediately. Whether it’s an emergency or not, we can get you the help you need to return your smile to its glory and hopefully remove any excess pain you may be dealing with because of a serious dental problem.



In order to effectively and conveniently meet our patients’ needs, our San Francisco cosmetic dentists offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry treatments. We know that no two smiles are exactly the same, so aesthetic treatments must likewise be customized.

With so many cosmetic treatments available, it can sometimes be difficult for people to figure out which options are right for them. We’re here to help! Keep reading to learn more about two specific treatments: Invisalign and porcelain veneers.


Invisalign is used primarily to correct dental misalignment, so the patient can achieve a straight and seamless smile. Invisalign is also used to improve the patient’s bite. Veneers can likewise address misalignment, though they are not generally suitable for severely misaligned smiles. Veneers are also used to cover dark or unsightly enamel, repair damaged teeth, and lengthen the appearance of short or poorly proportioned teeth.


Invisalign treatment generally takes about a year to a year and half to complete. This is because the Invisalign aligners that you wear move your teeth incrementally—it takes time to achieve results. Veneers, on the other hand, are created and placed in just two or three dental appointments.

Post-Treatment Care

Once you are done with Invisalign you will need to wear maintenance retainers to prevent your teeth from moving again. You’ll wear these aligners at night while you are asleep, so they won’t interfere with your daily life. Veneers are very low-maintenance in that you’ll be able to care for your smile as you do normally, but brushing, flossing, and using mouth rinse. The porcelain used to create these restorations are naturally stain-resistant, so your veneers will continue to look fresh and bright for years to come.

Our San Francisco cosmetic dentists can give you all of the information that you need about available aesthetic dentistry treatments. To contact our team, give our office a call, or use the Contact Us page on our site!

While many people opt to have their wisdom teeth removed during their teens and 20s, the reality is that there is no set time to remove wisdom teeth. Some people have them removed early to nip any issues in the bud, while others wait until they’re adults to undertake the procedure. Some never have any problems with their wisdom teeth at all and leave them in their whole lives, so determining when to remove them can be a challenge.

Unfortunately, most of the warning signs that it’s time to remove wisdom teeth are fairly uncomfortable. So if you experience any of the following, give Dr. Robert Walley’s office a call, and as your general dentist, he can help relieve the pain and irritation and get you on the road to recovery following the extraction of those extra teeth.

#1 Your Wisdom Teeth Have Erupted Improperly

Some people can have their teeth erupt, grow into the backs of their mouths comfortably, and never have an issue with them ever again. Other people have their wisdom teeth erupt in all sorts of improper ways, and since most human mouths can’t accommodate them, this means it’s time to consider removing them.

If wisdom teeth are misaligned or crooked when they break through, it’s time to have them removed. Misaligned teeth can crowd or damage adjacent teeth and can even cause problems for the jaw and the nerves in your mouth. If they erupt and something isn’t coming in right, it probably is time to remove them.

#2 They Are Causing You Pain

This type of improper eruption also can cause a great deal of pain and open patients up to infection, but wisdom teeth can be painful long before they break through the gums. This type of pain may present itself during eating, brushing, or even at random times throughout the day. This is because all that misalignment and improper growth may be happening beneath the surface, and removal of the wisdom teeth at that point is the easiest way to relieve that pain over the long-term.

#3 A Cyst Has Formed around the Tooth

While they are not common, small cysts can form around impacted wisdom teeth, and these destructive lesions can cause all types of damage if left alone too long. Not only can they damage adjacent teeth, but they also can cause problems with the jaw and other tissue near the teeth. In a best-case scenario, an x-ray at your normal dental checkups will catch these early, but if left alone they can form into tumors that require further surgery to remove. To avoid that type of surgery and keep your wisdom teeth procedure as simple as possible, keep an eye out for these types of cysts forming around your rupturing wisdom teeth.

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If you notice any of these symptoms, call the office of Dr. Robert Walley immediately so he can have a look at the problems and come up with a plan for fixing them. Removing wisdom teeth can feel like a huge undertaking, but that surgery is so much easier than feeling the pain that comes with not having them taken out.



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