Dental emergencies are hard to plan for, but taking the right action when one occurs can make all the difference between saving or losing a tooth. Should you or a loved one develop a terrible toothache or suffer a dental injury, remember this one thing: call NaLa Smiles. Our team of experts is able to handle any dental emergency right here in Alexandria, and we’ll move our schedule around so we can see you on the same day as your call. We’ll make sure you get the urgent care you need without the wait!
Dental emergencies can happen in the blink of an eye or take many months to develop, but whatever the situation might be, you should always reach out for professional care as soon as possible. By contacting and coming to see us quickly, we’ll be able to minimize any pain and give a patient the best chance to keep all of their teeth. Between your call and the moment you step into our office, however, here are a few things you should do when handling a dental emergency:
Rinse and floss around the tooth to dislodge any debris that might be causing the pain. If this doesn’t solve the problem outright, an OTC pain-reliever and cold compress can help provide some temporary relief. Do NOT place an aspirin directly on the gums, as this could potentially damage them.
Apply a cold compress to the face to reduce any pain or swelling, and try to recover as much of the tooth that you can, placing any large pieces in a safe container. Cover the remaining tooth with some sugarless gum or dental wax to make sure it doesn’t cut the inside of the mouth.
We can replant a fully dislodged tooth, but only within an hour or so of the initial incident, so you need to move FAST in this situation. Recover the tooth, rinse it off while avoiding the root, and try to keep it wet until we can see you. To do this, place it back into the socket, hold it between the cheek and gums, or put it in a container with milk or saltwater.
While not always a pressing emergency, it’s best to have a broken restoration repaired as quickly as possible to prevent the tooth from developing any decay or damage. Try to place the restoration back onto the tooth, and avoid chewing with it until we can see you.
Of course, we would prefer that our patients avoid dental emergencies altogether. You and your loved ones can keep yourselves protected by:
Every emergency situation is unique and calls for a different kind of treatment, and because of this, the cost always varies from person to person. Our primary goal in urgent situations is to get a patient out of pain before addressing any damage to their teeth. To make this type of care more affordable, we not only accept dental insurance, but we also offer low-to-no interest financing through our practice as well.