You’ve worked hard to keep your teeth healthy for a beautiful smile, but even the best oral care won’t prevent a dental emergency. When an emergency strikes, you need fast treatment to protect your teeth from additional damage. But, what constitutes as an emergency? Many are unaware what is an actual emergency and what isn’t, causing them to delay treatment. As an emergency dentist in Arlington VA, Dr. Hazim Sadeddin wants to shed some light on what is classified as an emergency.
What is a Dental Emergency?
Knocked Out Tooth—On of the most common and most severe emergencies occurs when a tooth has been knocked out by injury or trauma. If you’ve had a tooth knocked out, you need to act quickly. The sooner you receive treatment for a knocked out tooth, the more likely we are able to reinsert the tooth, allowing it to survive. Should you have a tooth knocked out, try to reinsert the tooth back into the socket. If that’s not possible, you need to keep the tooth moist. Place it in a cup of milk or water. If you don’t have either on hand, place the tooth on the inside of your cheek to keep it from drying out.
Cracked or Broken Tooth—A cracked or broken tooth can be caused from a number of reasons, such as injury or a weakened tooth has finally given way. If your tooth has broken, gather the pieces and head to our office. Whether your tooth is broken or cracked, apply a cold compress to reduce pain and swelling while you head to our office. We will need to provide restorative treatments to save the tooth to restore its function.
Lost Crown or Filling—Often, when you’re undergoing certain treatments, a temporary crown or filling will be used to protect the tooth during treatment. If a crown of filling falls out, you need to come in so we can reattach the crown to continue protecting the tooth. If you can, bring in the crown that fell out to allow for faster treatment.
Dental Abscess—A dental abscess is an infection that often causes extreme pain and discomfort. When left untreated, the infection can spread to surrounding tissue and into the blood stream, which can be deadly. If you have an abscess, you need to come in right away so we can find the underlying cause of the infection. We will treat the cause and the infection to prevent any additional complications.
Your Emergency Dentist in Arlington VA
Any emergency, even a dental emergency, is a scary time. Remember to stay calm so you can act quickly. If you’re facing a dental emergency, call Westover Dentistry right away. The sooner you receive treatment; the sooner we can begin repairing the damage to protect your beautiful smile. If you aren’t sure what constitutes as an emergency, give us a call at (703) 495-2247 today.