When does an emergency happen? When you least expect it, that’s when. But even though an emergency is unwanted and unscheduled, you can be ready for one. In the case of a dental emergency, having our phone number handy—and by handy we mean programmed into your cell phone—is one way to be prepared. Dr. Asra Javeed and her team of dental hygienists and dental assistants at Smile Care Family Dentistry in Virginia Beach, VA, are ready to urgently care for your dental emergency. Just call us at (757) 383-7151.
One of the most important things we do during your call to our office for an emergency is help you determine whether or not you’re dealing with a true dental emergency. Of course, we’d always rather you come in when it’s not an emergency than not come in when it is an actual emergency. But we can help make that determination, calm your fears and offer instructions on what to do.
One of the most common emergency calls we receive is for a toothache. Some can be serious, but not all. If a toothache is mild, then try flossing around the tooth that hurts. There may be something lodged between your teeth that is causing the pain. On the other hand, a toothache may be a sign of something much more serious, such as an infected tooth that requires immediate attention. In this case, you may need root canal therapy to remove the infection from inside the tooth and preserve the tooth.
Another common emergency seen by the emergency dentist Virginia Beach trusts is a tooth that’s been knocked out. Did you know that difference between saving and losing a knocked out tooth can be only 30 minutes? Immediate dental care is critical in this case. Call Smile Care Family Dentistry and we’ll make room for your urgent care. In the meantime, you can take the following steps:
- If you can find the tooth, handle it only by the crown. Don’t touch the root or any gum tissue that may still be attached to the tooth.
- Carefully rinse the tooth in running water. Remember to block the drain with a towel or washcloth, so in your haste the tooth doesn’t accidentally get dropped down the drain.
- If possible, put the tooth back in its socket and gently bite down to hold it in place. Don’t force the tooth, however.
- If there is too much bleeding or the site is too painful, then transport the tooth in a jar filled with milk or a mild saline solution.
Call Our Office Immediately for a Virginia Beach Emergency Dentist
If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, then contact our office at (757) 383-7151. We are proud to serve families from Virginia Beach, VA, and the surrounding areas, including Norfolk, Chesapeake, and beyond.