Oral injuries are often painful and should be treated by a dentist as soon as possible. Dental Emergencies may include teeth that have been knocked out (evulsed), forced out of position (extruded), or broken (fractured.) Sometimes lips, gums, or cheeks have cuts.

 After Hours Dental Care

The UCSB Dental Care Center is the only on-campus facility available that services all graduate and undergraduate students. Sometimes, getting an appointment in a short amount of time is difficult.  For that reason, we have provided you with a list of other local options. 


♦  The following businesses may be used as alternatives when the UCSB Dental Care Center is closed or not able to offer you a convenient appointment that fits your schedule.

How to use your Delta Dental Insurance

  1. Bring your UCSHIP Delta Dental ID card and use network providers for the least cost. If you don’t have one, download instructions can be found at: https://www.ucop.edu/ucship/benefits/my-dental-coverage.html
  2. Delta Dental Customer Service (800) 765-6003
  3. You have a yearly maximum dental benefit of $1,200, with in-network providers. 
  4. Out-of-network or premier providers' yearly maximum dental benefit is only $700.

Dental ID CARD or Find a PPO Dentist (Register with Student ID#) 
Deltadentalins.com/ucsb | (800) 765-6003 

Goleta Neighborhood Dental Clinic

164 Kinman Ave., Goleta, CA 93117
Mon - Fri.   7:45 am - 5:00 pm
(805) 617-7900 

(Available for students and their families with sliding scale fees.)

Goleta Dental Practice 

5370 Hollister Ave., Suite A
Santa Barbara, CA 93111
(805) 683-7777

Walter Michajlenko DDS, MD (Oral Surgeon)

2780 state street #9
Santa Barbara, Ca 93105
(805) 687-5541


When a tooth is knocked out you should:

  • Attempt to find the tooth
  • Immediately call your CDA member dentist for an emergency appointment
  • Gently rinse, but do not scrub the tooth to remove dirt or debris
  • Place the clean tooth in your mouth between the cheek and gum
  • Do not attempt to replace the tooth into the socket. This could cause further damage
  • Get to the CDA dentist as soon as possible. If it is within a half an hour of the injury, it may be possible to re-implant the tooth
  • If it is not possible to store the tooth in the mouth of the injured person (e.g., a young child,) wrap the tooth in a clean cloth or gauze and immerse it in milk.

If the tooth is pushed out of place (inward or outward), it should be repositioned to its normal alignment with very light finger pressure. Do not force the tooth into the socket. Hold the tooth in place with a moist tissue or gauze. Again, it is vital that a CDA dentist see the injured individual as quickly as possible.

How a fractured tooth is treated will depend on how badly it is broken. Regardless of the damage, a CDA dentist should always be consulted as quickly as possible to determine the appropriate treatment.

Minor Fracture – Minor fractures can be smoothed by your CDA dentist with a sandpaper disc or simply left alone. Another option is to restore the tooth with a composite restoration. In either case, you should treat the tooth with care for several days.

Moderate Fracture– Moderate fractures include damage to the enamel, dentin, and/or pulp. If the pulp is not permanently damaged, there are a variety of procedures your CDA dentist can use to restore your tooth to its original shape and function, including the placement of a full permanent crown. If pulpal damage has occurred, further dental treatment may be required.

Severe Fracture – Severe fractures may mean a traumatized tooth with a slim chance of recovery. However, there are dental procedures available to restore even severely damaged teeth and a CDA dentist should be consulted as soon as possible to determine if treatment is possible.

Injuries to the inside of the mouth include tears, puncture wounds, and lacerations to the cheek, lips, or tongue. The wound should be cleaned right away and the injured person taken to the emergency room for the necessary suturing and wound repair.

Bleeding from a tongue laceration can be reduced by pulling the tongue forward and using gauze to place pressure on the wound area.