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Emergency Dentistry – Alexandria, VA

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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 with emergency dentistry in Alexandria, VA!

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Why Choose NaLa Smiles for Emergency Dentistry?

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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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 dental office, however, here are a few things you should do when handling a dental emergency:

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Toothaches

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.

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Chipped/Broken Tooth

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.

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Knocked-Out Tooth

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.

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Lost Filling/Crown

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.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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Of course, we would prefer that our patients avoid dental emergencies altogether. You and your loved ones can keep yourselves protected by:

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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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 dental office as well.

Emergency Dentistry FAQ’s

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Are you still curious about dental emergencies? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We want to ensure that all of our patients have the information they need to stay healthy and safe. That’s why we’ve provided the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about emergency dentistry. Keep reading to learn more about dental emergencies so you can be as prepared as possible if one does occur.

How Do I Know if I’m Having an Emergency?

Have you ever felt pain or discomfort in your smile only to find that it was just a pesky piece of food causing irritation? This problem is relatively common, so if you start to feel discomfort, try flossing around the area. However, if your pain persists, you may have a toothache. This infection, along with problems like cracked teeth, lost teeth, lost crowns, broken teeth, and more are considered dental emergencies. The easiest way to tell is if you experience pain that takes away from your routine tasks. If you’re ever in doubt, don’t hesitate to contact our office.

Can I Wait to Get Treatment?

Dental emergencies are called emergencies for a reason—they should be treated as urgent. If you experience an emergency, call our office right away to get out of pain and back to smiling. Unlike other medical conditions that can get better with time, dental problems will only grow worse. For example, needing a simple root canal could turn into a tooth extraction if you prolong your treatment. It’s best that you let us know as soon as you notice a change in your smile.

Do I Need a Root Canal?

Root canal therapy is one of the most important treatment options we have to offer because it allows us to remove damaged and infected tissue without having to extract your tooth. If you experience a toothache, chances are that the more sensitive tissue inside your tooth has become infected. This can cause serious pain if it’s not dealt with immediately. With root canal therapy, our emergency dentist can remove this infection, preventing it from spreading to the rest of your mouth. We will finish by strengthening and protecting your tooth with a fortified restoration.

When Should I Visit the ER?

In most dental emergencies, visiting our office is your best option because we offer all of the specialized oral health treatments you may need at the same convenient location. Plus, we simply know your smile better than the average medical professional. However, there are some instances that require an immediate trip to the ER, including trouble breathing, deep facial wounds, uncontrollable bleeding, jaw injuries, and any other potentially life-threatening issues. These cases may require general medical attention, which is why it’s best to visit the nearest urgent care facility.

If you have any additional questions, contact our office today to speak with one of our friendly team members!

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