Emergency Dentistry – Vienna, VA
Urgent Care When You Need It
No one ever expects an emergency to happen, let alone a dental emergency. Many don’t even know what a dental emergency looks like, so they think they need to visit an emergency room to handle it. Whether you’re experiencing a toothache or an oral injury, Dr. Hisham Barakat is prepared to meet your needs and get you out of discomfort with emergency dentistry in Vienna, VA. The sooner you call, the more likely we can get you seen the same day as your incident!
Why Choose Tyson Smiles for Emergency Dentistry?
- Varying Strengths of Sedation Dentistry
- Soft Tissue Laser Technology
- CEREC-Made Crowns for Same-Day Restoration
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Most dental emergencies can be managed at home before you make it to the dental office. However, you should always call our dental office first so that you can schedule your emergency appointment. This gives you a chance to plan the next steps of your treatment and get helpful advice from our team. Below, you’ll find the most common steps for treating typical dental emergencies.
Use dental floss to gently remove any food debris from in between your teeth, then rinse your mouth out with warm water. If pain persists, take an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen to reduce discomfort. If any swelling is present, apply a cold compress to your face for about 10 minutes at a time, then remove it from your face for an additional 10 minutes. Do this for up to one hour. We’ll perform a detailed examination to confirm the cause of your pain and go from there.
Keep any pieces of your tooth that you can and bring them to your appointment. Use dental cement to cover teeth that may appear sharp or jagged. This will prevent you from accidentally cutting your oral tissue before you get your tooth restored. Take pain medication as needed and apply a cold compress to your cheek to reduce swelling. Dr. Barakat will likely need to restore your tooth with a crown.
Do your best to locate the tooth and bring it to our dental office. If you find the tooth, pick it up by the crown portion only and avoid touching the root. Do not remove any tissue still attached. After removing any dirt or debris from the tooth with cool water, rinse your mouth out with warm water and place the tooth back into its socket. If this is not possible, keep the tooth in a container of milk, saltwater, or saliva and get to our dental office as soon as possible.
Lost Filling / Crown
If you still have the restoration, rinse your mouth out with warm water and place it back onto your damaged tooth. Use dental cement, denture adhesive, or sugar-free chewing gum if nothing else is available, to temporarily reattach the crown to your tooth. You will likely need to have the restoration replaced entirely if you have had it for a long period of time. With CEREC technology, we can easily replace it the same day as your emergency.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
While no one likes dental emergencies, the good news is that they are actually quite easy to avoid. With routine brushing, flossing, and regular visits to our dental office for checkups and cleanings, you can avoid tooth decay, gum disease, oral infections, and other dental issues. Those who play contact sports or suffer from a teeth-grinding habit will need to take additional precautions, such as wearing a mouthguard or nightguard respectively. You should also avoid using your teeth to open packages, bottles, or perform other tasks better suited for a tool.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
While dental emergencies tend to cost more than preventive care, there’s no way to know for sure what your treatment will cost until we’ve had a detailed examination of your dental issue. For example, a toothache could be caused by decay, which may require a detailed cleaning and filling placement. However, the pain could also be caused by an oral infection, which requires a more complex treatment like a root canal. Regardless, our team will work with you to devise an affordable treatment plan and within your means.
Dental Emergency FAQs
When you have a dental emergency in Vienna, Dr. Barakat is the person you should call to alleviate your pain and get you feeling back to normal fast. Our team does everything in our power to see you on the same day you call. Before you arrive for your appointment, however, we want you to feel comfortable managing your situation at home until you can see us. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of frequently asked questions about emergency dentistry. If you have a question that isn’t answered on this page, just give us a call and ask!
How Can I Manage the Pain?
If your dental emergency is painful, there are a few ways you can reduce that discomfort until you can reach our office, such as:
- Cold compress to reduce swelling and pain
- Topical pain reliever such as Orajel
- Over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen
However, just because you are able to manage your pain at home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t schedule an appointment to see your emergency dentist in Vienna, so still be sure to call us as soon as possible.
Why Is It Important to Seek Emergency Treatment Right Away?
While every dental emergency is different, some are more serious than others and can result in long-term oral health problems if they don’t get treated soon enough. To prevent this from occurring, it’s crucial that you see us sooner rather than later. It’s better to be safe than sorry and have your dental problem checked out just to make sure there’s no severe underlying issue.
By leaving a dental emergency untreated, it can cause an infection that might warrant root canal therapy to save your tooth from extraction or from the infection spreading to your bloodstream and resulting in other health problems. Time is especially of the essence if your tooth is knocked-out, as you only have about an hour until the chances of successful reattachment decrease significantly.
What If I Have a Dental Emergency While I’m Traveling?
If a dental emergency arises while you’re out of town, find a local dentist who will treat the immediate problem. This will at least allow you to enjoy the rest of your vacation pain-free. Then, when you return home, contact your dentist in Vienna and schedule an appointment to determine whether further treatment is needed.
When Should I Go to the ER Instead of the Dentist?
For most kinds of trauma or serious pain within the mouth, you should contact us. However, certain problems are best treated at your local emergency room, such as continual bleeding, swelling that affects your ability to breathe, and a fractured or broken jaw. For all other oral problems, give us a call right away.