Do you know what to do in a dental emergency? Fast action is often required to save a tooth if it gets cracked, loosened, or knocked out of your mouth completely. A tooth that comes out intact can possibly be reattached if you act quickly and get to the dentist in about half an hour. At our Alexandria emergency dental office, Dr. Mazhari and her team can make a same-day urgent dental appointment for lost teeth or any other dental emergencies.
We Reserve Time Daily for Patients Requiring Emergency Dental Care
It is important that you are seen promptly when you are experiencing significant pain or discomfort or have suffered a traumatic event. Dr. Mazhari and her team are available for same-day emergency dental appointments in Alexandria, so we encourage you to call and request an appointment as soon as possible after your emergency.
We Fix Cracked and Broken Teeth
Breaking or losing a tooth due to injury is the most common type of dental emergency. A tooth that’s been cracked or broken due to an injury can be restored with a dental crown. A dental crown is often referred to as a “tooth cap” because it covers the entire tooth surface. When placed effectively, a dental crown will provide additional strength and improved aesthetics when a tooth has been cracked or broken in an accident.
Some people mistake lines in their teeth for cracks. It can be difficult to tell if a line is really a crack or not. Normal lines that appear in some people’s teeth are called craze lines. Technically they are fractures, but they only affect the enamel and are not dangerous. A line or crack that puts your tooth in danger goes down through the enamel to the dentin or second layer of the tooth and can continue to get worse. Often a true crack is accompanied by pain. If you notice a crack or have pain when chewing, call for an appointment right away.
What to Do After a Tooth Has Been Knocked Out Completely
When a tooth comes out completely after an injury, your first priority is to take care of the injury itself. But in the case of a minor accident that knocks out a tooth and doesn’t require medical attention, acting fast could allow the tooth to be reattached. If it is in one piece, put it in a glass of milk and get to our office as soon as possible. If the tooth is loose but still in your mouth, try to hold it in place by gently biting down and call us for an emergency appointment.
Other Potential Dental Emergencies
A toothache is not necessarily an emergency unless it is sudden and caused by something lodged between the teeth. Ordinary toothache does require a dental visit if it does not go away in a day or two because it could be a sign of a serious problem.
The following are all reasons to call our office as soon as possible:
- A lost crown or filling
- Broken orthodontics
- Abscess in your mouth
- Complications after a procedure in our office
- Uncontrollable bleeding around a tooth
We will assess the situation over the phone and have you come in if we think it’s necessary.
Schedule an Appointment in Our Alexandria Dental Office Today
It’s a good idea to keep the phone number of our Alexandria emergency dentist in your contact list. Whether you are an existing patient or not, we will make the time to treat you if you are experiencing a serious emergency.
Looking for a Northern Virginia dentist? We welcome new patients of all ages to our downtown Alexandria dentist office. To schedule your appointment, contact us at (703) 212-9622 or request one online, and we will contact you shortly.