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Emergency Dental Care When You Need It Most

When you are experiencing a dental emergency, you want to fix it fast! Time is often of the essence with these situations, and you can feel pain that you need to relieve. The good news is that we at Smile Care Family Dentistry are here to help. Our team of experienced dental professionals can address any dental emergency and give you the best treatment available. We also do our best to accommodate these appointments as soon as possible, often on the same day.

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

In most dental emergencies, your first step is to call our office right away. In addition to scheduling your appointment, we can provide additional guidance for your specific circumstances. Between that time and when you can come in, there are things you can do to set yourself up for treatment success.


Most tooth pain results from an infection or decay that has reached the pulp or center of the tooth, where the nerves are located. You can use over-the-counter pain medication and cold compresses on your face to manage your discomfort before you come for your appointment. Keep in mind that, to remove all the infected portions of your tooth, we may need to perform a root canal.

Chipped or Broken Tooth

When you have a chipped or broken tooth, try to find and collect the large pieces of your tooth, which may be used in its repair. Rinse your mouth with warm water to keep the tooth clean from bacteria until treatment. We will do our best to salvage your tooth, but if the damage to your tooth is severe enough, extraction may be necessary.

Knocked-Out Tooth

A tooth that has come out completely requires immediate attention. Try to come into our office within an hour for the best chances of saving the natural tooth. When handling your knocked-out tooth, avoid touching the root and keep it moist by storing the tooth in milk or in between your gums and cheek. We will reposition your tooth and place a splint to facilitate healing.

Lost Filling or Crown

If your filling or dental crown comes out completely, make sure you keep the area as clean as possible. You can do this by rinsing your mouth with warm water. At your appointment, we can replace your filling or place a temporary crown as we order a new custom one from our dental lab.

How to Prevent Common Dental Emergencies

Although not all dental emergencies are avoidable, many are. A great place to start is with healthy oral habits, including brushing and flossing your teeth daily and visiting our office twice a year for dental checkups and cleanings. Also, if you play sports, particularly contact sports, you should wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth from potential injury. Finally, refrain from chewing hard things and using your teeth as tools, such as to open packaging. These habits can increase your odds of a dental emergency.

Cost of Dental Emergencies

Many factors come into play for the cost of treating your dental emergency. Ranging from a simple prescription to more complex tooth extraction and replacement, treatment can vary case by case. However, regardless of the emergency or the treatment, our experienced, compassionate team will work with you to maximize your insurance benefits and provide accurate estimates for your procedures.

If you or a family member ever experiences a dental emergency, we want to help get you back to full oral health. Give us a call when you need us!

Dental Emergency FAQs

Woman with oral pain needing an emergency dentist.

If you’re like most people, you’re not prepared to handle a dental emergency. You’re likely to have several questions if one happens to you or a loved one. You don’t want to lose valuable time searching for the information you need if the unexpected strikes. Your emergency dentist, Dr. Javeed, has the answers for you. Here are the most common questions she is asked and what you need to know when facing an urgent oral health issue.

Should I go to the emergency room or dentist?

If you experience a dental emergency, your first instinct might be to head to the hospital; however, that might not be your best option. Emergency rooms can prescribe antibiotics and pain relievers, but they can’t treat the underlying issue, like decay. Therefore, it’s always best to see your emergency dentist whenever possible. If you have a medical emergency that requires immediate care, go to the hospital first, such as if you have trauma from an accident or a medical event.

Can I wait to see my dentist?

No one has time in their day for an unplanned trip to the dentist, but you shouldn’t wait to get the care you need. As with any emergency, a quick response time is essential. It’s best to see your dentist immediately to save your tooth. If you wait too long to schedule an appointment, it could cost you your tooth.

We understand your time is valuable, which is why our office uses the latest advancements in dentistry to streamline your care. Our convenient location and flexible office hours accommodate your busy schedule so you can get back to your daily responsibilities quickly.

Is it better to have my tooth extracted?

Extracting a problematic tooth might seem like the best option because it eliminates the issue at the source. Unfortunately, this opens the door to a new list of complications. Every tooth is essential to a healthy, functional smile. When even one is missing, you’ll have an increased risk of cavities, gum disease, and even tooth loss. Instead, it’s best to treat your tooth when possible. If there aren’t any viable treatments to save your tooth, we’ll explain your replacement options, like using a dental implant or a fixed bridge.

How much does an emergency visit cost?

There isn’t a set fee for an emergency visit because the cost is determined by your personalized treatment plan. We’ll provide you with an estimate during your initial consultation and discuss your payment options, like using your dental insurance.

Every policy differs, but most insurance companies offer coverage for emergency care. A member of our team will work on your behalf with your insurance carrier to file the necessary claims and forms, so you have one less thing to worry about during the stressful time. If you owe a remaining balance, we’ll explain your payment options. Besides traditional methods of payment, we also accept third-party financing. We’ll help you find the solutions you need to rehabilitate your smile without breaking the bank.

Conveniently Located Near You

Is it time for your next dental appointment? We are proud to offer a comprehensive array of services, top-tier care, and the latest technology in your area. Plus, getting to our office is easier than you think! We are located in Virginia Beach at 4312 Holland Road, Suite 108 (where Independence Boulevard and Holland Road come together). We are also close to the Timberlake Shopping Center, Wells Fargo Bank, and Plaza Azteca.