Cosmetic Dentistry located in Washington, DC
If you crack, chip, or lose a permanent tooth, emergency dentistry can restore your smile quickly and prevent further damage. At Revive Dentistry in Washington D.C., expert dentists Michael Mortazie, DDS, Shila Yazdani, DDS, and the team proudly offer an array of emergency dentistry services, including diagnosis and treatment of tooth pain, orthodontic emergencies, and oral lacerations. If you or a loved one experiences a dental emergency, call the office or walk in during normal business hours today. Non-emergency appointments can be booked through this website.
Emergency Dentistry Q & A
What is emergency dentistry?
Emergency dentistry is a branch of oral health care that provides prompt diagnosis and treatment of problems that require immediate care.
If you experience a dental emergency, it’s important to act as quickly as possible. Making it to Revive Dentistry within an hour of your accident could mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth or needing oral surgery.
The caring providers at Revive Dentistry offer a variety of emergency dentistry services and set aside time for same-day appointments whenever possible.
Are there different types of emergency dentistry?
The team at Revive Dentistry treats all types of dental emergencies, including:
Traumatic dental injuries
Cracked and chipped teeth are two of the most common traumatic dental injuries. If this happens to you, stay calm and try to collect all of the pieces. Your dentist may be able to make repairs using dental bonding.
If you lose a permanent tooth, you should also act quickly. Pick it up by the crown and rinse it off with cool tap water. Once you clean the tooth, carefully place it back in the socket. If your tooth won’t stay in place, tuck it inside your cheek or place it in a glass of milk.
If you wake up with a toothache, you should also seek emergency dentistry. Tooth pain usually points to a more serious problem, such as tooth decay or gum disease. After pinpointing the source of your discomfort, your dentist might recommend a root canal, extraction, or deep cleaning.
Injuries and infections of the gums also require emergency treatment. Your gums, cheeks, and tongue may experience damage as a result of a fall, accidental bite, or sports-related injury. If you have gum disease, you might also experience an abscess.
Orthodontic treatment is safe and well-tolerated, but some people do experience injuries to their face, teeth, or mouth as a result of broken brackets and wires. If your braces are damaged and irritating your gums and teeth, let the team at Revive Dentistry know right away.
Is there any way to lower my risk of a dental emergency?
There’s no way to prevent dental emergencies entirely. Accidents and injuries happen, even if you’re incredibly careful. That said, you can significantly lower your risk by protecting your teeth and gums.
For example, if you play a contact sport or enjoy mountain biking, you should wear a mouthguard. If you grind your teeth or clench your jaw during sleep, you might benefit from a nightguard.
It’s also important to avoid bad habits. Avoid tobacco use and don’t bite your fingernails or chew on ice cubes. Little things like these can preserve the health of your teeth and gums for years to come.
If you or a loved one needs emergency dentistry, call the office or walk in during normal business hours.
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