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Emergency Dentistry

Emergency Dentistry Purcellville VA

Any injury to your teeth or gums should not be ignored. The first thing you must do is stay calm. If you have a dental emergency in Purcellville, VA, we are here to help. Our team will be happy to quickly provide the advice and service that you need during a difficult time.

If your emergency is life threatening, please call 911 or go to an emergency room immediately. However, we are happy to work with you if you are having intense tooth pain, or a broken or chipped tooth whenever possible.

Injuries to the teeth and gums can result in infection and other complications. Toothache can be a warning sign of a more serious problem. So whatever your pressing dental needs may be, make sure to contact us before the complication progresses.

Common Dental Emergencies

Don’t hesitate to call if you are suffering with any of the following emergencies. If you are experiencing another dental need, feel free to call and ask what kind of treatment may be right for you.

  • Severe pain
  • Debris stuck between the teeth
  • Loose permanent tooth
  • Chipped or broken tooth
  • Knocked out permanent tooth
  • Lost filling or crown
  • Cut tongue or lip
  • Mouth sores
  • Pain or swelling

Abscess – An abscess needs to be treated right away. Meanwhile try rinsing your mouth with a mild salt water solution (½ tsp of table salt in 8 oz of water) several times.
Poking bracket or wire – See your orthodontist right away.

After you call Purcellville Dental Care for customized advice and an appointment time, there are a few ways you can improve your situation at home.

OTC Pain Medication – For temporary pain relief, we recommend over-the-counter acetaminophen. Be sure to follow the instructions printed on the packaging label. Never take aspirin or ibuprofen, as they are anticoagulants which can cause excessive bleeding.
Reduce Swelling – Keep the swelling down by using a cold compress on the outside of the affected area.

Gently Clean the Teeth – For objects stuck between the teeth or toothache, gently brush, floss, and rinse the mouth with warm water. Do not rinse vigorously or brush aggressively. Never use a pin or other sharp objects to poke at the stuck object. These instruments can cut your gums or scratch your tooth surface.

Save the Teeth – Rinse the mouth using warm water; rinse any broken pieces. If there’s bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth, cheek, or lip near the broken/chipped tooth to keep any swelling down and relieve pain.

Lost Filling – As a temporary measure, stick a piece of sugarless gum into the cavity (sugar filled gum will cause pain) or use an over-the-counter dental cement. See the dentist asap.

Lost Crown – Use a cotton swab to apply a little clove oil to the sensitive area. If possible, slip the crown back over the tooth. Before doing so, coat the inner surface with an over-the-counter dental cement, toothpaste or denture adhesive, to help hold the crown in place. Don’t use super glue ever!

For broken teeth, save any pieces you may find. For missing teeth, save the tooth in the socket or in milk. Bring the tooth or pieces to the office as soon as possible.

Monitor Bleeding – If bleeding does not stop after 10 minutes of constant, firm pressure, go to the emergency rooms.

Remember, if an emergency arises for you or a loved one, our skilled team in Purcellville, VA can prevent the damage from getting worse.

Contact us at 540-441-3861.

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