Emergency Dentistry Q & A
What constitutes a dental emergency?
Dr. Aboulkhair is trained to perform some tooth restoration and repair services, and in many cases, he can repair a cracked or broken tooth right away. The team at Aesthetic Dentistry of Fairfax encourages you to call or visit as soon as possible if you’re experiencing severe tooth pain, as this can be a sign of an infection.
Other common dental emergencies include:
- Avulsed (knocked-out) teeth
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Broken teeth
- Damaged partial or full dentures
- A severe toothache
Soft tissue infections or lacerations
What should I do in a dental emergency?
Dr. Aboulkhair encourages patients dealing with a dental emergency to call Aesthetic Dentistry of Fairfax as soon as possible to schedule a visit. He will do everything he can to fit you in right away, and his staff has experience in accommodating emergency dental situations.
Depending on your specific emergency, there are also specific steps you should take before heading to the office.
Knocked out tooth
If a tooth falls out, it’s essential to keep the tooth moist. If possible, place the tooth gently back into the socket without applying too much pressure and without allowing it to touch the root. If this isn’t possible, hold the tooth between your cheek and gums or place it in a glass of milk.
If you’ve broken a tooth, Dr.Aboulkhair recommends rinsing out your mouth with warm water and keeping the area clean. Use cold compresses to manage facial swelling
Bitten tongue or lips
If you have a bitten tongue or lips, clean the area with warm water and then use a cold compress to control swelling.
In cases of extremely painful or sore toothaches, keep the area clean with a warm water rinse and use dental floss to remove any debris or food that might be between your teeth. Avoid using medicated products or putting aspirin on the aching tooth or gums until Dr. Aboulkhair can examine it.
Do I have to be an existing patient to get emergency dental care?
If you’ve never visited Aesthetic Dentistry of Fairfax, the team will have you fill out new patient intake forms, and they will review your insurance before you see Dr. Aboulkhair. It might take a little longer to conduct an initial exam and learn more about your oral health history, but Dr. Aboulkhair is always happy to accommodate new patients, even in an emergency situation.
To learn more about emergency dentistry services and treatments offered at Aesthetic Dentistry of Fairfax, call or schedule an appointment online today.
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