January 21, 2017
Don’t panic! If you’re having a dental emergency like a lost or broken tooth, call us immediately at 703-552-2530. Dr. Ki can often see you the same day as your call. If this is at night, you can still call to get an after-hours number for help. Dental emergencies are scary, but the team at our Fairfax, VA dental office is here to help.
Two Tips To Help Stay Calm In A Dental Emergency
When you’re facing a dental emergency, it’s easy to get confused. Sometimes, the worry and concern are just too strong. To help stay calm in a dental emergency, follow these two tips:
- Stop any bleeding first, and go to the emergency room if you cannot. If you are bleeding, you need to stop it. Apply direct pressure with a sterile gauze or something similar. If the bleeding won’t stop, go to your emergency room. That’s your most important goal right now.
- Keep our Fairfax, VA dental office stored in your phone. You can make an emergency appointment. Dr. Ki is well trained and can help you get through your dental emergency. By placing 703-552-2530 in your phone today, you won’t have to remember it or worry about finding it.
But the best way to stay calm is to have an idea of what to do. Here are some of the most common dental emergencies — serious and minor — and what you should do when facing them.
Serious Dental Emergencies: What To Do
You lost a filling or a dental crown came off.
You can make a temporary repair in these cases. Go to your local drugstore and buy some dental cement. This is both an adhesive and a filling replacement. Use as directed to replace a lost filling or re-adhere the dental crown to its tooth. Then call Dr. Ki for an emergency appointment.
You chipped or fractured a tooth.
If there is bleeding, use direct pressure to stop it. Then call our Fairfax, VA dental office as soon as possible, even if you are not in any pain. Anything powerful enough to damage enamel can easily damage the inside of your tooth.
You knocked a tooth loose, but it’s still in your jaw.
Do your best to stop testing or touching the tooth. You will be tempted to see just how loose it is, but any such contact can be the one to finally make it fall out. Stop any bleeding and then call Dr. Ki at 703-552-2530 for an emergency appointment.
You knocked a tooth out completely.
Get the tooth if possible. Rinse it off carefully and place it in a sealable container with just enough milk or water to keep it covered. Then call our Fairfax, VA dental office for an emergency appointment. Again, use direct pressure to stop any bleeding and visit the emergency room if you cannot.
You cut yourself badly on the inside of your mouth.
Whether the cut is on your gums or the inside of your cheek, the key is to stop the bleeding with direct pressure. Visit the emergency room if you cannot. Assuming you can, then call Dr. Ki right away for an emergency appointment.
Minor Dental Emergencies: What To Do
You have something painful stuck between your teeth.
Swish water in your mouth vigorously for a while to try and pry it loose. If that doesn’t work, gently try dislodging whatever is causing the pain with dental floss. This should take care of it. If this doesn’t work, then call our Fairfax, VA dental office for more advice.
You see some blood after you brush.
Bleeding after brushing is a common sign of gum disease. While this is not an emergency, you need to call us for an appointment. Untreated gum disease just gets worse and can lead to losing your teeth.
You have a small cut on the inside of your mouth.
As with a bad cut, use direct pressure to stop the bleeding. Because the cut is minor, this should be all you need. To be on the safe side, you should call Dr. Ki and make an appointment for a dental exam. If something could cut your mouth, your teeth might be damaged as well.
Call us today at 703-552-2530 to make an emergency appointment if you are having any kind of dental emergency. Don’t worry about whether it’s a “real” emergency or not. Our team is here to help, not nitpick over labels. And by putting our number in your phone today, you will be ready to stay calm and get help.