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Emergency Dentist – Falls Church, VA

Saving Your Injured Tooth

Dental emergencies aren’t just limited to the world of sports; they can happen to anyone, usually at the worst possible times. Over the years, Dr. Berrada and the rest of our team have handled thousands of emergency cases. If you or a loved one suffers from damaged teeth or extreme dental pain, call Tysons Dental Esthetics right away; we can bring you the relief you need and save your smile for the future.

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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Whenever an emergency strikes, you need to stop whatever you’re doing and visit our practice right away. Whether a tooth has been injured or infected, we’ll do everything we can to provide same-day care for emergency patients. Here’s what you should do while waiting for your emergency appointment:

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Toothaches

First, you should floss to make sure the area around the tooth is free of debris and food particles. A severe toothache that doesn’t go away after a couple of days should be considered an emergency. Ibuprofen and other over the counter medications can provide temporary relief from the pain. Keep in mind that if a toothache is caused by an infection, root canal therapy from an emergency dentist in Falls Church might be needed.

Chipped/Broken Teeth

Gather the loose pieces if possible. Rinse your mouth out with warm or salt water, and use gauze to stop the bleeding. Applying a cold compress and taking pain medication will help with any discomfort or swelling that’s present. Do not chew with a damaged tooth. Damaged teeth can often be fixed with a crown, but an extraction might be needed if the damage is too severe.

Knocked-Out Tooth

We’ll need to see you within an hour if you want to have the best chance of replanting the tooth. Find it and pick it up by the chewing end so that you don’t damage the root. After calling our practice, rinse the tooth off and try to put it back in your mouth. You can also keep it in a glass of milk or a saline solution instead.

Lost Filling/Crown

Cover jagged edges with dental wax so that they don’t irritate your tongue or the inside of your cheeks. While you will need our help to properly replace the restoration, you can sometimes protect your tooth in the meantime by temporarily reattaching the crown with dental cement.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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You can make dental emergencies less likely to happen by taking care of your teeth. Do not bite down on ice, peppermints, pen tips, or anything else that’s hard; it could potentially crack your teeth. If you play sports or grind your teeth at night, a mouthguard is a smart investment. To avoid tooth infections, brush and floss regularly each day, and keep up with your regular preventive checkups at Tysons Dental Esthetics.

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The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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Sometimes all you’ll need is a prescription, but for particularly serious situations you might need advanced care such as a tooth extraction (as well as a tooth replacement afterwards). We can give you a confident price estimate once you’ve visited our office and we thoroughly understand your situation.

Emergency Dentist FAQs

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It’s easy to panic when a dental emergency happens, which is why it’s important to be prepared in advance to that you already know how to react. There are some questions that are common when it comes to emergency dental work; below are the answers to just some of them. Don’t forget that you can always contact Dr. Berrada if you have any other questions or concerns about keeping your teeth safe.

What Should Be Considered a Dental Emergency?

There is no one definition that fits every single kind of dental emergency. You should call our office immediately if you are dealing with severe pain in your mouth, if there’s any sudden swelling, or if a tooth has been damaged in any way. Toothaches can have a few different causes, but they usually require attention if they don’t go away after a couple of days. Keep in mind that a dental emergency doesn’t always cause immediate pain; cracked or broken teeth, for example, always need to be examined as soon as possible even if they don’t hurt.

Should I Call the Emergency Room?

Many dental emergencies are time-sensitive but not necessarily life-threatening, such as teeth that have been knocked out or broken. In these cases, you’ll want to call our office. We have the training and tools to provide the comprehensive care needed to save your pearly whites, and a visit to our office will often be less costly than a visit to a hospital emergency room. However, if there is a severe issue such as a fractured jaw, bleeding that won’t subside, or swelling that that makes breathing and swallowing difficult, call the emergency room right away.

Is a Knocked-Out Baby Tooth an Emergency?

Even though baby teeth are meant to come out eventually, losing one early can potentially lead to problems, especially if it was due to physical trauma. We’ll need to examine your child’s mouth to make sure that there wasn’t any permanent damage done; this might require the use of X-rays. It’s also important to make sure that losing the baby tooth early won’t lead to any problems with speech or jaw development. A spacer might need to be placed to make sure that there’s still enough room for the permanent teeth once they’re ready to erupt.

Is It an Emergency If My Tooth is Sensitive to Cold?

If you experience throbbing tooth pain any time you enjoy a bowl of ice cream, there are few different things it could mean. You may have a cavity that could eventually turn into a severe infection, or the roots of your teeth might become exposed if there’s a problem with your gums. Tooth sensitivity isn’t always an emergency; some cases are temporary and can be treated with good oral hygiene. That said, if sensitivity lingers, it’s potentially a sign of an urgent dental problem, and you should make an appointment with us as soon as you can.

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