Emergency Dental Specialist

Dental emergencies occur at any time, and getting quick care is essential. Dr. Potesta-Knoll is a top provider of skilled emergency dental care for patients in and around San Francisco, CA, offering state-of-the-art care for optimal outcomes and better oral health.

Emergency Dental Q & A

What types of issues are considered dental emergencies?

Dental emergencies include any type of issue that involves damage or injury to teeth, gums or other areas of the mouth or jaws, including toothaches, abscesses, cracked or broken crowns or bridges, broken dentures, loose implants, cracked or broken teeth, or teeth that have been knocked out. Any time you experience an issue that causes pain or other symptoms or causes injury to the teeth, gums, palate or jaw area, emergency dental care should be sought to avoid further damage.

What type of emergency dental care do you provide?

Our practice is equipped to provide the broadest array of emergency dental treatment options to help patients find relief from pain and other symptoms while avoiding more serious complications and preserving their natural, healthy teeth. The type of care you receive will depend on your emergency and can include fillings, crowns, inlays, onlays, and other restorations, root canal therapy, replanting a healthy tooth that has been knocked out, oral surgery and many other options. The key to optimal results is to get treatment as quickly as possible.

What should I do if a tooth gets knocked out?

When a healthy tooth is knocked out, it may be able to be replanted. Try placing the tooth back in the socket. If that's not possible, place it between the gum and the cheek or in a glass of milk and head to the nearest emergency room or our office during routine office hours. Do not touch the root end of the tooth which can be easily damaged, preventing the tooth from being saved.

What should I do if I have a dental emergency?

If you have any type of dental emergency including a toothache or swollen gums, you should call the office immediately to schedule an appointment. If the office is closed, your call will be relayed to one of our dentists so they can call you directly.


At our San Francisco dental office, we are committed to helping our patients afford high-quality dental care. We are in network with Delta Dental Premier dental insurance and CIGNA PPO; we welcome you to contact us to learn more about dental insurance benefits. We also accept the following forms of payment:

Credit cards

CareCredit, a third-party financing company, provides no- and low-interest payment plans. For more information on our financial options, we invite you to contact our dental office today. Our friendly dental team is happy to answer your questions!

Cigna PPO
Delta Dental Premier

Words from our patients

  • "I've been a patient here for well over 20 years & I can't imagine having my dental care performed anywhere else. You could not be in better hands."

    Peter B.
  • "Outstanding service. Very professional operation & they treat patients very well. The office is beautiful and the dentists and staff are extremely competent and caring."

    Robert O.
  • "I had my teeth cleaned by Stephanie, as usual. She does an excellent job, both thorough as well as comfortable. She's a really nice person too!"

    Stephen P.
  • "As always, Dr. Potesta-Knoll's office was friendly, efficient and one of the best dentist offices in San Francisco."

    Marty C.
  • "Stephanie & Dr. Podesta were great as usual as were Erika & Ada. Always a professional & pleasant experience as going to the dentist can be."

    Norman C.
  • "Dr. Potesta, Karen, Sue, Bella, and the rest of the staff are excellent, thorough, and friendly. Great atmosphere, and they always treat me like a VIP!"

    Katherine M.
  • "Had my 3 wisdom teeth removed and let me tell you my experience was great as a first timer here. Very friendly staff with such great service with an amazing view..."

    Arvin M.
  • "Well versed in major treatments. Very good in her diagnosis and follow through. Excellent background in various dental procedures."

    Michael J.
  • "Amazing expertise and service! I needed help with a chipped tooth and felt like a new person after leaving. So happy with my experience."

    Amy L.
  • "Dr Potesta-Knoll knows what she is doing. I did not feel anything more than a pinch. Her staff is wonderful and helpful."

    Mark R.
  • Friendly reception, Thorough yet relaxing cleaning, and efficient dealing with dental issues!

    Jan V.
  • Dr. Potesta-Knoll was wonderfully responsive to my dental problem during a long holiday weekend. Outstanding service as usual!

  • She always welcomes me by name and has a friendly comment or two about life, so that the visit has a personal touch, not just professional services.

    Suzanne D.
Fiorella Potesta-Knoll, DDS, MS
2001 Union Street, Suite #680

San Francisco, CA 94123
Phone: 415-776-4040
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