Emergency Dentistry – Sterling, VA
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The majority of dental emergencies largely fall into two categories. The first is long-term issues and generally refer to tooth decay, oral infections, gum disease, and other dental conditions caused by plaque buildup. The second is physical injuries to the mouth, such as a sporting injury or bad fall. Both are considered dental emergencies and need to be seen by a dentist like Dr. Uzma Ansari right away. Don’t put off your emergency care; call our office today!
Why Choose Lowes Island Dentistry for Emergency Dentistry?
- CEREC Crowns Available for Same-Day Treatment
- Digital X-Rays and Laser Dentistry Available
- Dentist Makes Your Comfort a Priority
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Most dental emergencies should be handled by giving our office a call. This will give you a chance to not only schedule an appointment, but also ask us any questions you have about your emergency. Prior to your emergency appointment, here’s what you should do next depending on the type of emergency you’re currently experiencing. Whether your tooth aches or it’s been completely knocked out, we’re here to help!
Use dental floss to remove any potential food debris from in between your teeth. If discomfort continues, take an over-the-counter painkiller to reduce inflammation in your teeth and gum tissue. You can also use a cold compress to reduce any swelling stemming from your face, ideally for about 10 minutes at a time. Remove the compress for an additional 10 minutes and do this for up to one hour. A comprehensive examination will help us determine exactly what is happening to your tooth.
If you have pieces of your broken tooth, bring them to the office for us to examine more closely. Do not chew on that side of your mouth until you get your tooth restored. Apply a cold compress as needed to reduce swelling and take ibuprofen to reduce discomfort. You can cover the tooth with dental cement if it appears jagged or sharp. This will work to reduce the risk of accidentally cutting your oral tissue. We’ll likely need a dental crown to restore the tooth, assuming it isn’t too severely cracked.
Locate the tooth and pick it up by the crown portion only. Do your best to stay calm. Avoid touching the root portion of any tissue that may still be attached. After rinsing the tooth off of any dirt or debris, rinse your mouth with lukewarm water and place the tooth back into its socket. Gently bite down to set it into place. This will work to preserve the tooth until you get to our office. You can also place the tooth in a container of milk, saltwater, or saliva to keep it preserved for up to one hour.
Lost Filling / Crown
If you still have the crown, use either dental cement, denture adhesive, or sugar-free chewing gum to temporarily reseat the crown to your damaged tooth. This will work to prevent future fracturing of the tooth and make sure it spends less time being exposed to oral bacteria. Keep in mind that you will likely need to have the restoration replaced outright, assuming that it is an older restoration. Do not chew on that side of your mouth until you get to our office.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
To prevent the majority of dental emergencies, you should make sure that you have a committed oral care routine at home. This means brushing twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste and flossing at least once daily. Make sure to visit Dr. Ansari once every six months for your routine cleaning and exam, as these help you catch dental issues before they become emergencies. If you play sports or have a teeth-grinding habit, purchase a custom-made sportsguard or nightguard.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Until we’ve completed a thorough examination of your dental emergency, we won’t know exactly what your treatment will cost. For example, a broken tooth could be so severe that it needs to be extracted and replaced with an implant. It could be more mild and only require a dental crown, filling or cosmetic bonding. The former will cost more than the latter. Regardless, you should never put off your emergency just because of cost. Doing so will only allow the issue to get worse and eventually turn into a far more expensive treatment.