Are You Prepared for a Dental Emergency?
Dr. Laura Ki on dental emergencies There is no predicting an emergency. That is why they are called dental emergencies. They require quick corrective action and logical decision-making to prevent more harm. These are all things our emergency dentist, Laura Y. Ki, DDS, PC, can help you with, call our dental office at 703-552-2530 for dental emergencies Fairfax, VA in the event that you need urgent dental service.
Recognize a Dental Emergency
Technically speaking, a dental emergency is any situation that threatens the life of your tooth or is an immediate threat to your mouth. There are times where you might feel like you have an emergency, but in reality, it is simply something you should take care of in the next few days when you can get an appointment. Some examples of a dental emergency are:
- Severely Cracked Tooth – We can take care of small cracks at a scheduled dental visit. You will want to get in as quickly as you can, however, to avoid any additional damage to the tooth. Severe cracks should be treated as an emergency, as they present a very real danger to the life of your tooth.
- Broken Tooth – Broken teeth can be very painful and problematic. It is imperative that you get in to see Dr. Ki as soon as you can. She can repair the tooth and keep any debris from getting into the tooth and causing an infection.
- Dislodged Tooth – Time is your enemy in these situations. The longer you wait to call Dr. Ki, the less chance she has of saving your tooth. To keep your tooth viable for reinsertment, pick it up only from the crown (the visible part), lightly rinse it under warm water, and then submerge it in a cup of milk. This will help keep your tooth alive while you travel to see Dr. Ki.
- Abscess – This is a pocket of infection that develops in your gums from an infected tooth nerve. It is important to get in to see Dr. Ki before this infection eats away at your gums and tooth. You could lose your tooth and may even experience damage to your entire mouth if you don’t take steps to get the infection cleared up.
Be Prepared for a Dental Emergency
You should call our office immediately to get further instructions on how to proceed. Your specific needs will depend entirely on your situation. We will walk you through what to do next and get you into the office as quickly as possible if you have a true emergency. In fact, we will do all we can to get your situation taken care of the same day you call. The health and well-being of our patients always comes first at Laura Y. Ki, DDS, PC.
Dentist Help After Hours
Dental emergencies don’t care what time it is. If you find yourself with an emergency after normal business hours, we have an after-hours line that will put you in touch with Dr. Ki. She will direct you in the next steps you should take. We will be there for you when it matters, regardless of what time it happens to be.
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