DC Dental Spa provides emergency dental care to patients that have experienced a broken or knocked-out tooth, a jaw injury, a missing dental restoration, and more. Need help now? Call our 24/7 emergency dental hotline at (202) 759-3769.
A dental emergency is usually defined as an emergent situation that may include an infection with an abscess, a broken tooth, a lost filling, or another dental problem that needs immediate treatment to stop bleeding and alleviate severe pain.
When an emergency dental situation occurs, it is quite important to have a plan in place. It can be difficult to know the difference between having an issue that does not need to be addressed immediately and having a serious issue that does indeed require the immediate attention of our office.
Our attentive team at DC Dental Spa are proficient with understanding the difference when it comes to emergent care. The latest in dental technology advancements are available in our clinic and our warm and friendly environment will help us evaluate your dental emergency. Call 202-873-1054 for your immediate consultation and let us help you determine if you have a dental emergency.
Emergency care might be required due to an untreated oral health issue that has progressed to the point of being unbearable when it comes to discomfort or pain. To avoid this situation, it is best to simply practice good oral hygiene habits and schedule regular dental cleanings every six months. By doing so it will allow us to address problems before they develop. Also, if you do experience any aches or pains that continue to get worse, call us and do not wait until it is too late to have the issue looked at.
By being prepared with a plan or idea, we can work together if an issue presents itself. These tips that go into your plan will also help ensure that you take the proper steps and avoid creating any unnecessary complications later.
Avoiding an Emergency Dentist Walk in
If you have mild tooth sensitivity, bad breath, sore gums, or other relatively minor dental ailments, give us a call, and make an appointment for a checkup. While it is certainly important to treat these conditions, they are not considered dental emergencies. On the other hand, the conditions below do require emergency care.
- An Accident- Accidents are the most common reason for needing an emergency dentist. If you have an accident, stay calm. Once you have assessed your situation and decide you need help, call our office, even if it is not during business hours. If you have tooth pain, it may be possible to wait until the next day to seek emergency care. If there is any doubt at all about the severity of your case, it is best to be cautious and seek immediate help. If we are not able to see you in our office, the emergency room at the nearest hospital is the next best option.
- Toothache Pain- If you are having toothache pain that has progressed to the point of being quite severe, you may have developed a serious infection or an abscess. Over-the-counter pain medications are the first step of treatment for this pain, but if this does not improve the pain, it will be necessary to make an emergency appointment. After calling us and scheduling an emergency appointment, follow these steps: Press a cold compress outside of your mouth where the tooth is sore, this will help reduce swelling and alleviate some pain. Rinse your mouth with salt water to reduce inflammation and kill bacteria. If possible, remove any food lodged near the tooth using dental floss or a dental pick. Apply oral numbing gels to the gums and tooth to help alleviate the pain.
- Broken, Cracked, Or Knocked-Out Teeth- One of the most common reasons you might require emergency dental care is due to a tooth that is broken, cracked, or knocked out. The most common causes are biting on something hard or having a sporting accident. If you can schedule an appointment with us immediately, we will attempt to reinsert the knocked-out tooth into the socket after meticulously cleaning it. Next, we can use a special splint on the tooth, which will allow the tooth to fuse back to the root over the coming weeks.
- Oral Injuries- If you experience an accident that results in some damage to your facial or mouth tissue that results in excessive bleeding, it is important to go to the emergency room as soon as possible. While there, the ER doctor can stitch up any external cuts. Once this is complete, they can either advise you on what type of dental care you might require, or they can provide support following the sutures. As you prepare to go to the emergency room, try to place a cold compress against the area that has been affected and rinse your mouth with water to help control the bleeding and clean the area.
- Dental Abscess- A dental abscess is an infection that occurs around a tooth root. Abscesses can lead to serious dental pain, and they can be dangerous if they spread into the jawbone, any nearby teeth, or even your bloodstream. It is important to seek treatment for a suspected dental abscess as soon as possible. If you have a fever or severe pain, call us immediately. If you do not have a fever and are able to control your pain with an over-the-counter pain reliever, you can call us in the morning; we should be able to see you that day or the next. As with any toothache, you can help control the keep abscess pain with cold compresses, saltwater rinses, and eating soft foods. We may prescribe antibiotics for you to take before you come into our office. Often this helps alleviate pain as it helps fight off the infection. Abscesses are most often treated with a root canal procedure. If the tooth is badly infected, an extraction might be necessary.
High Quality Care You Can Trust
At the DC Dental Spa downtown, we will do our best to handle your dental emergency and your busy schedule. Our entire staff focuses on working extremely hard to develop strong and lasting relationships with each of our patients. We enjoy the trust that our patients continue to place in us through regular dental visits and creating plans. We are thoughtful and quite deliberate about always exercising preventative overall dental health and delivering the enjoyment that comes with your healthy smile. Visit us today at DC Dental Spa, 730 24th St. NW, Suite 9, Washington, DC, 20037, or call 202-873-1054 for an evaluation and consultation to develop and maintain your preventative oral health care plan and to continue to always enjoy your healthy smile.