When you experience a dental emergency, whether your tooth is broken or infected, you’re first feeling might be one of panic. This is because dental emergencies can feel overwhelming when you don’t know what to do. The first step is to remain calm, and the next step is to contact Dr. Mahathi Nanduri at SmileZone Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, your emergency dentist in Reston, VA. We also have some helpful tips on handling dental emergencies so if the time comes, you’ll know what to do.
A toothache, pain, or sensitivity in your tooth can be indicating a dental infection. Don’t wait to treat a dental infection as it can lead to tooth loss, spread to other areas of your body, and it won’t go away on its own. When you’re proactive about a dental infection, root canal therapy can often be used to preserve your tooth. Please call SmileZone Family & Cosmetic Dentistry right away if you suspect you have a dental infection.
A Tooth Knocked Out
If your tooth has been knocked out, it’s important to act quickly. This is because we have the best chance of saving your tooth within the first hour of your injury, so please contact us right away. Transporting your tooth safely is critical, and you should try to handle it as little as possible. Replacing it back into its socket is best if possible. If not, transporting it in a cup or baggie filled with milk will help to keep the cells moist and alive.
A Broken or Chipped Tooth
When your tooth is broken, it’s important to gather as many pieces as you can to bring to Dr. Nanduri. This will help her determine the best course of action for restoring your tooth. If your tooth is chipped, you should still contact us for treatment. Even a small chip can injure or irritate your soft tissue and gums.
Soft Tissue Injuries
There tends to be a lot of blood when your gums, cheeks, or lips sustain an injury. The first thing you should do is stop the bleeding with a cold compress and light pressure. Warm salt-water rinses can be soothing for soft tissue injuries. Once the bleeding has stopped, contact our office for further instruction.
Call SmileZone Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
We understand how frightening and stressful dental emergencies can be and we make every effort to see our emergency patients as soon as possible. If you or a loved one is experiencing an emergency, please contact our office right away.