Emergency Dentistry

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Dental emergencies usually occur suddenly and unexpectedly, causing severe pain and discomfort. Luckily Pariana Tung, DDS, MSc, PhD, at Signature Smiles Dentistry in Falls Church, Virginia, is available to help you find relief from pain and get treatment when you’re faced with a dental crisis. Call if you have an emergency, or check online for immediate availability.

Emergency Dentistry QA

What is emergency dentistry?

Emergency dentistry provides immediate treatment for urgent dental problems that require prompt attention. These emergencies often involve severe pain, trauma, or sudden complications. Issues like a knocked-out tooth, intense and sudden tooth pain, or a lost dental restoration qualify as dental emergencies.

If you experience a dental emergency, seek care right away. Timely intervention can prevent further damage, ease or eliminate pain, and increase the likelihood of saving the affected teeth.

What are some common dental emergencies that require immediate care?

Dental emergencies that require urgent care include:

Toothache

Severe tooth pain often indicates an underlying infection or dental decay requiring immediate attention to prevent complications.

Chipped or fractured teeth

Trauma or accidents can lead to chipped or broken teeth. Dr. Tung must address these problems promptly to avoid infection or further damage.

Knocked-out teeth

Immediate action is crucial for knocked-out teeth. Dr. Tung has a better chance of saving the tooth if it’s treated within the first hour after it’s knocked out.

Lost dental crown or filling 

Lost restorations can expose vulnerable tooth structures, leading to sensitivity and discomfort.

Abscess or swelling

Dental abscesses are painful infections requiring urgent treatment to prevent the infection’s spread.

Call to let the office know you’re coming, but head to Signature Smiles Dentistry right away in any of these cases.

What should I do if I experience a dental emergency?

If you do experience a dental emergency, alert the office right away. In the meantime, take steps to save your tooth, ease the pain, and stop the bleeding.If you have a knocked-out tooth, rinse it under warm water but don’t touch the root. Place it back in the socket or transport it to our office in a cup of milk. Get to Signature Smiles Dentistry as soon as you can.

For broken or missing restorations, apply clove oil to the tooth to ease the pain. Clean the crown and attach it to its tooth with dental cement purchased at a local pharmacy. If you’ve lost the crown, use the dental cement to coat the top of the tooth to prevent discomfort.

If you have a broken or cracked tooth, rinse the tooth fragment and your mouth with lukewarm water. Apply gauze to stop the bleeding. Use a cold compress applied to the affected cheek to reduce swelling and pain.

If you have a dental emergency, reach out to Signature Smiles Dentistry. Call immediately or book an appointment online.