Although it is most likely not something you like to consider, emergency dentistry is an important service that should be in place before you need it. If you live in the Sterling, VA, area, you should know that we offer emergency dentistry services at Cascades Center for Dental Health. While we offer these services to new clients or to those who usually see other area dentists, we recommend that you set up care with us long before the need for emergency services arises. This way, we will have your records on hand and will know your usual state of dental health. This will help us choose the best possible treatment for your needs and your dental goals. Consider the following times when you may need emergency dental care.
When You Lose a Tooth
Although a wiggly tooth is to be expected in childhood, losing a tooth can be a dramatic experience when you are an adult. Whether you have lost a tooth due to a sports injury, an accident or some other mishap, you must seek immediate dental care or risk losing that tooth forever. Try to find your lost tooth, rinse it gently if it is dirty and replace it facing the correct direction in your empty tooth socket. This can help to preserve the roots. You will need professional care within an hour following the injury. Your dentist can help to stabilize your tooth in the initial aftermath of the injury and will provide follow-up care over the next several months to ensure that it heals well.
When You Crack or Break a Tooth
A small chip may be able to be addressed at a regularly scheduled appointment. However, a major crack or a tooth that is missing a large chunk of enamel should be addressed immediately because increased damage can occur over time. Plus, large chips or majorly broken teeth can lead to discomfort and nerve pain.
When You Have Excruciating Pain
Pain in the mouth can mean a host of things, from an abscess to cancer. However, many times, pain can be addressed with one emergency visit. Your dentist may need to drill out a spot of decay and give you a filling, or he may need to treat a cracked tooth.
When you have a dental emergency, you want to know that you are getting the best possible care. Rather than choosing a dentist at random from the phone book or an online search when you lose a tooth or are in pain, consider setting up care with us before an emergency occurs. Even if you are not a usual patient of ours, you are welcome to call us or stop by for emergency care. We do not want you to be in pain one moment longer than necessary, and we value the overall health of your mouth.
Call us today to set up your first new patient consultation at Cascades Center for Dental Health in Sterling, VA, or head over to our office the next time that you have a dental emergency.