Dental emergencies can occur at just about any moment. The good news is that Costa Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is here to help patients facing dental emergencies in the Ashburn, Virginia area find relief. Our highly skilled and experienced dentists are dedicated to seeing patients as quickly as possible so that we can diagnose their conditions and get rid of their pain and discomfort.
Emergency Dental Services
You can count on us to provide a variety of emergency dental services including:
- Tooth repair and extraction
- Oral infection treatment
- Crowns and replacement tooth fillings
- Wisdom tooth and swelling treatment
Common Dental Emergencies
There are a number of dental issues that require immediate dental care. Some of the most common ones are:
- Cracked or Broken Teeth: Left untreated, a cracked or broken tooth can become infected, making emergency dental care imperative.
- Toothaches: Toothaches can be caused by a number of conditions and lead to severe pain or pressure. It’s important to schedule an appointment if you’re facing this issue.
- Knocked Out Teeth: Fortunately, knocked out teeth can often be placed back into their sockets. If you experience a knocked out teeth, gather the tooth fragments, gently rinse them with warm water, hold them by their crowns, and visit us right away.
- Tooth Abscess: A tooth becomes abscessed when its root faces an infection. If you suspect swelling, pain, and foul breath, you may have this condition and should call us immediately.
When to Go to the Dentist vs. When to Go to the ER
Some dental emergencies are more serious than others. While most of them can wait a day or two, others require immediate attention and may warrant a trip to the emergency room (ER). Jaw fractures, serious cuts or lacerations to the face and mouth, jaw dislocations, and abscess or infection that affects breathing and swallowing are conditions that need emergency medical attention. If you or a loved one faces any of these conditions, call 911 or go to the nearest ER.
If a condition is not considered life-threatning but still requires medical care, you can probably just see the dentist. If you break a tooth after eating a crunchy food, or get a tooth knocked out after a sporting game, a dentist can probably help you out. The general rule of thumb is if your pain doesn’t affect your ability to breathe or swallow, a dentist can probably handle it.
How to Reduce the Risk of Dental Emergencies
While some dental emergencies are unavoidable, others can be prevented. Here are some tips to help you reduce your risk of them.
Wear a Mouthguard
If you play sports frequently, invest in a mouthguard so you can protect your teeth, gums, and supporting bones from trauma. You can get a custom mouthguard from your dentist or buy an over-the-counter one online or at a retail store.
Be Mindful of What You Chew
Try your best to avoid chewing ice cubes or eating hard or chewy candy. You should also refrain from using your teeth to open or break things. All of these things can damage your teeth and lead to a dental emergency. Our Richmond, VA dental friends at River Run Dental always express the importance of avoiding using teeth for anything besides eating.
Practice Good Hygiene
We know you’ve heard this one a million times but we felt compelled to mention it. Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and floss at least once daily to reduce your risk of dental diseases that often result in emergencies.
Contact Costa Family and Cosmetic Dentistry for Emergency Dental Care
We are the go-to emergency dentist in Ashburn. Call us at 703-348-2818 for emergency dental care.