Emergency Dentist – Fairfax, VA
When Your Mouth Hurts, Emergency Dentists Can Help!
When it comes to dental emergencies, they typically fall into two categories. The more common situation involves short-term causes such as sudden trauma, usually from a sporting injury or bad fall. However, emergencies can also occur after a long period of time, typically due to poor oral hygiene. Regardless of the cause of your dental injury, the chances that our Fairfax dentists can help with both are pretty high.
If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, don’t hesitate. Contact our office to get your issue treated as soon as possible!
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Keep in mind that you should always call a dentist when experiencing a dental emergency, even if you’ve been able to keep the situation under control. You’ll also get helpful advice on how to better handle your emergency before you get to the office. If any of the following situations occur, start by calling the dentist and scheduling an appointment for that same day if possible. These situations include:
- Knocked-out tooth
- Partially knocked out tooth
- Significant oral bleeding
- Tooth fractures
- Debris stuck between teeth
- Painful toothache
- Injury to the jaw
- Significant soft tissue injury involving lips, tongue, or gums
Consider these tips when handling a few of the most common emergencies.
To alleviate pain and reduce any swelling, take over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen. Apply an ice pack to your face in 20-minute intervals. Make sure to floss around the area to loosen any food debris stuck in between teeth. In this case, a root canal may be necessary to treat tooth pain.
If your tooth is minorly chipped and no pain is present, then your dental issue can likely wait until regular business hours. However, if your tooth is fractured, start by washing your mouth out with warm water. Apply a cold compress if the fracture occurred from facial trauma. Take painkillers, but avoid aspirin as this can cause a burning sensation. Dental bonding or crowns may treat this issue, unless the fracture is severe.
Locate the tooth and pick it up by the crown only. Do not remove any tissue still attached to the root. Gently rinse the tooth with cool water and attempt to place it back into your open socket. If this is impossible, place the tooth into a container of milk, saline solution, saltwater or saliva if none of these are available. If you get to the dentist in time, you’re more likely to get the tooth reimplanted. However, you may need a dental implant or bridge if the tooth is not salvageable.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Our team understands that many dental emergencies happen suddenly and simply can’t be avoided. However, there are precautions patients of all ages can take to protect their oral health. Always use scissors to open packaging instead of your teeth. Remember to wear a mouthguard when playing sports. Be as careful as possible when eating especially tough or sticky foods. Always visit the dentist every six months to catch dental issues before they have the chance to turn into an emergency.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Most dental insurance plans cover the cost of emergency visits. However, our dentists offer a low-cost exam for those experiencing dental emergencies as well. The most important thing you can do is get to the dentist and not put off your emergency when it occurs. This will only allow the problem to get worse and cost more later.
Please contact Mosaic Smiles today if you have any questions, or if you need to schedule an urgent appointment with our emergency dentist. Our Vienna, VA office is open to patients from all surrounding communities.