Dental Emergency Reston VA
Dental emergencies can happen at any time of the day. Call your dentist. They will inform you of your next steps. By explaining the issue, they can let you know if they can help you right away or if your problem can wait until the office is open again. Although you can always go to the nearest emergency room, understanding your options can help you save money.
At Reston Modern Dentistry, we’re always available to take care of your dental emergencies. If you have damaged a tooth or severe tooth pain, we can help. Call us 24/7 at 703-860-9854 to get immediate dental care.
What Causes Dental Emergencies?
Dental emergencies can happen in a variety of ways. Sports, bicycle accidents, car crashes and even roughhousing around the home can cause a tooth to break or fall out. Eating nuts, candy or other hard foods can cause a filling to come out or a tooth to break. Drinking from glass bottles or suffering a fall can cause a tooth to chip.
A sore in your mouth can lead to infection. An infection can cause an abscessed tooth, which can be painful and should be treated promptly. These are all dental emergencies, so contact Reston Modern Dentistry immediately following any of these incidents. We can assess your situation or advise you of the next steps.
Types of Dental Emergencies
So what exactly is a dental emergency? If your tooth is chipped or cracked or has come out completely, you should call your dentist right away. A tooth that has chipped or cracked slightly may not need immediate dental care. However, if your tooth has broken in half, parts of the tooth are missing or the tooth has come out of the socket, you should get some sort of medical care right away. If your dentist is not available, get to the nearest emergency room. The doctors will be able to help, even though they are not specially trained dentists.
Severe tooth pain may also warrant an emergency dental visit. If you are suffering from significant pain, you may have an abscessed tooth. An infection should be treated promptly, so call your dentist, even if the office is closed. Toothaches should be treated seriously, but sometimes they do not require emergency care. Someone should be on call to direct you.
Caring for a Knocked-Out Tooth
A tooth could be knocked out due to a sports injury, fall or car accident. This is the most serious type of injury to the tooth. When this happens, don’t handle the tooth too much. You should handle it by the crown only; do not touch the roots. Try to put the tooth back into its socket. Biting down on a wet tea bag or gauze pad can help.
If the tooth won’t stay put, rinse off any dirt. Do not try to rub the tooth, as this can damage it. Keep it in a container filled with milk or water. The main thing is that it needs to stay moist. The tooth may be salvageable. If not, we will discuss your options to replace it.
Contact Us Today
Dental issues don’t always happen during normal office hours. Get care for your damaged tooth or tooth pain by contacting Reston Modern Dentistry. Our dentist can determine if you need immediate care or if your issue can wait until we’re in the office. Avoid expensive emergency room visits. Contact us at 703-860-9854. We look forward to keeping your smile healthy.