Emergency Dental Care for Immediate Help
Emergency situations can occur at any moment and so suddenly that it can be difficult to know whether or not immediate care is necessary. If you find yourself in a situation that may require emergency care, it is important to stay calm in order to properly assess your situation. If the pain you are experiencing is intensifying or becomes unbearable, or if you have lost a tooth or multiple teeth, it is likely that you should seek emergency care. If not, you may be able to hold off on emergency care until you can be seen by an oral health professional. If you do find yourself in an emergency dental situation, contact our office even if the event occurs before or after regular office hours. If you are not able to contact our office, seek care at the nearest emergency room.
At Dental Serenity™, we offer a comprehensive range of dental procedures, from common treatments like fillings or root canal therapy, cosmetic treatments like veneers or teeth whitening, restorative procedures like dental implants to replace a missing tooth or teeth, and emergency care. To ensure you are comfortable and have as enjoyable an experience as possible, we also offer sedation dentistry so you can remain calm and receive the care you need.
If you are interested in learning more about the quality services we offer, or if you require emergency dental care, contact our office at 703-445-9600, stop by our clinic located at 17181 Wayside Dr., Dumfries, Virginia, or schedule an appointment online.
What to Do in Case of Dental Emergency
When you find yourself in an emergency situation, it is important to stay calm so you can assess your situation and determine whether or not emergency care is necessary. In general, it is best to hold off on emergency care if possible, as doing so will save you money and ensure that you are seen by a professional who can provide you with optimal care. That being said, when in doubt, err on the side of seeking emergency care.
To help you be prepared for how to respond in potential emergency situations, please refer to the following:
- Injured tooth: If your tooth has been physically injured but has not been knocked out or noticeably loosened, emergency care is likely no necessary, especially if the pain can be managed with Advil, Aspirin, or other over-the-counter pain-relieving medication. If pain persists, increases, and/or becomes intolerable, emergency care may be necessary. If not, schedule an appointment to have your tooth evaluated as soon as possible.
- Lost filling or crown: A lost filling or crown does not necessarily require emergency care, but it should be looked at as soon as possible. If you experience persistent or increased pain following the loss of you filling or crown, it may be necessary to seek emergency care.
- Partially dislodged tooth: If your tooth has only become partially dislodged, emergency care is likely unnecessary, provided the nerves and blood vessels are still attached. It is important to have your tooth evaluated as soon as possible to avoid developing other issues.
- Cracked/Chipped/Broken Tooth: Emergency care may be necessary if the crack, chip or break is severe and/or if the level of pain you are experiencing is unbearable. If you are able to wait to be seen by a professional, discomfort can be reduced by avoiding foods and beverages that are hot or cold, chewing on the opposite side of your mouth, and taking over-the-counter pain-relieving medication as prescribed. If the pain continues to intensify and/or becomes unbearable, seek emergency care.
- Knocked out tooth: Following the loss of a tooth, it is important to seek care as quickly as possible. It is also important to handle the lost tooth properly to increase your chances of saving the tooth. The first thing you need to do is pick up the tooth by the crown and not the root. If the tooth is dirty, wash it gently with water. Once the tooth has been cleaned, position the tooth back in its socket as quickly as possible. Once it is in the proper position, hold the tooth in place, either with your fingers or by gently biting down. If you are not able to place the tooth in your socket, the tooth can be stored in a container of milk. Following this, make an appointment to be seen as quickly as possible and be sure to bring the tooth with you. If you are seen within 30 minutes, you have a good chance of saving your tooth, though it is still possible to save a tooth even if it has been knocked out for over an hour.
What is the Cost of Emergency Dental Care?
The cost of emergency care will depend on a variety of factors, including what the nature of your emergency is, the severity of your case, whether surgical intervention is necessary, the cost of pain medication and/or antibiotics, and whether you are covered by dental insurance. If you do have dental insurance, your final bill will be determined by your dental insurance coverage, co-pay requirements, and annual deductibles.
Our clinic is in network with most PPOs and accepts all insurance plans. We also offer interest free financing through Lending Club, and CareCredit, or you may consider joining our Dental Serenity Membership Club to save money on treatment and simplify your payments for preventative care. To learn more about Dental Serenity Membership Club, click on the following link: https://dental-serenity.illumitrac.com/
For your convenience, we accept all forms of credit and debit cards, including Discover, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
Dentistry with a Gentle Touch
At Dental Serenity™, we understand that visiting the dentist can cause concern and anxiety, which is why we do everything we can to ensure that your experience is an enjoyable one. To help provide you with as enjoyable an experience as possible, our office is fitted with free high-speed wireless internet, flat screen TVs in all of our treatment rooms, soothing music to put you in a relaxed state, aromatherapy, and neck massagers in our waiting room. We are also committed to providing you with services when you need them most, which is why we offer early morning and late evening appointments throughout the week.
To schedule an appointment for emergency dental care, contact us today. We look forward to providing you with the best dental care possible delivered in a comfortable and calm environment by professionals who are committed to ensuring that you receive the personalized care you deserve!