Emergency Dentistry Services in Oakton
When it comes to dental emergencies, we know that patients’ first experience is likely pain or panic not necessarily taking action. While most emergencies happen by accident and are unavoidable, having a plan prior to the emergency is one way to relieve stress and protect oral and overall health. At Oakton Dentistry by Design, we welcome patients to contact us right away in case of emergency. By taking this simple first step, our team can help you through any dental emergency. We are here whenever our patients need us. Simply call our main office phone number and follow the after hours instructions. We offer a wide range of appointment times including early morning hours to accommodate your schedule, and we can usually see emergencies on the same day you call us.
Common Dental Emergencies
We will talk to you over the phone first, and one of our knowledgeable team members will ask a series of questions to better understand your unique situation. In most cases, we schedule an appointment right away, and we walk patients through first aid steps to keep them safe until they arrive at our office. We treat numerous dental emergencies, but some of the most frequent cases we see include:
- Avulsed (knocked out), chipped, or broken teeth
- Avulsed, chipped, or broken dental restorations
- Severe toothache that may be indicative of root canal infection
- Broken or damaged dentures
- Soft tissue lacerations
- Foreign objects stuck between teeth
Caring for Your Smile at home
During your dental emergency, we’ll be happy to walk you through first aid and pain management over the phone. Some basics you can keep in mind include:
- Clean any damaged areas of the mouth or avulsed pieces of tooth with cool water, but do not scrub or use oral hygiene products unless directed to do so.
- Place pressure with gauze or clean cloth to slow blood flow. You can also use cold compresses to reduce swelling and inflammation and stop bleeding.
- Use floss to remove stuck objects, but do not use sharp objects if floss will not dislodge the item.
- Take aspirin as directed to relieve pain, but do not place an aspirin directly onto a damaged tooth. This folk remedy may actually damage soft tissue.
- Replace knocked out or broken teeth or dental restorations whenever possible. If you can’t replace the teeth or restorations, store them in cool water or milk until your reach our office.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
In most cases, dental emergencies are accidents that are not avoidable, but there are some changes to your daily routine that will decrease risk. First, maintain thorough daily hygiene by brushing teeth at least two minutes at a time at least twice a day and floss daily. Visit our team twice a year for professional dental checkups and teeth cleanings. You should also use mouthguards to protect your smile while participating in athletics or to create a barrier between teeth to prevent damage from teeth grinding and clenching. Avoid using your teeth as tools to open packages and crack nuts and don’t chew ice or bite your fingernails as this may lead to accidental damage.