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How To Handle Dental Emergencies

Emergency Dentist in Alexandria VAAs with any emergency situation, being prepared ahead of time is the best way to handle an emergency properly. Dental emergencies are no exception, and knowing how to handle a dental emergency can help you save a tooth and protect your smile.

First things first: if your jaw has been broken or dislocated, if you have a severe laceration in your oral tissues, or if you have any type of abscess that is hindering your breathing – Go to the ER right away!

For other dental emergencies, a visit to the ER is not typically required because your dentist is equipped to handle most all other situations that occur. However, it is important to understand what exactly qualifies as a dental emergency. Below are the most common dental emergencies:

  • Cracked or broken tooth
  • Lost filling
  • Cut inside the mouth
  • Severe bitten lip or tongue
  • Broken dental crown or bridge
  • A knocked out tooth
  • Any type of severe pain in your tooth/teeth
  • A loosened permanent tooth
  • Swelling inside the mouth
  • An abscess or infection
  • Tooth sensitivity

Of course, the most traumatic dental emergency typically involves that loss of a permanent tooth, but these other dental emergencies can actually pose more of a threat to the health of your mouth. That is because many people tend to ignore them until they become so severe that major intervention is necessary. Any issue within your mouth should be addressed sooner than later because it is typically a symptom of a greater issue.

For a dental emergency in which a tooth has been knocked out or knocked loose from its socket, time if of the essence. If at all possible, gently place the knocked out tooth back into its socket. This will encourage the tooth roots to reattach themselves. However, if it is not possible to place the tooth in the socket, put the tooth in a small amount of milk or your own saliva to keep it moist. Make sure you take your tooth with you to the dentist, and get to the dentist as quickly as possible. Successful reconnection of a knocked out tooth is not always possible, but immediate intervention increases the chance for success.

Call Green Dental of Alexandria right away for all of your dental emergency needs.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park, Green Dental of Alexandria

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1725 Duke St, Suite GR03
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 549-1725

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Patti B.
I had my first visit, for a routine cleaning. I am very impressed with the ease of scheduling an appointment, the convenience of appointments outside of ""regular"" business hours, the friendly staff and the thoroughness of the examination and cleaning procedure. Dr. Park was careful, compassionate, a good listener, and explained a lot about my teeth and her recommendations to care for my dental health moving forward. I am pleased and I look forward to being a long-term patient! Thanks Green Dental of Alexandria!
Roberto B.
Gold Stars on all fronts. The office is spotless, gives off a great vibe and has quiet soothing classical music playing. The front desk people are very warm and go above and beyond. Televisions are placed above the chairs so you can relax and watch TV while they work away under the hood. Dr. Park is very kind, thorough, and addressed all my concerns and questions.
Sure cleanings hurt a bit, but I actually look forward to them now!
Lauren K.
Best dental experience I've had in a long time. The reception/billing staff was friendly and helpful. The dental hygienists were gentle and knowledgeable. Dr Park was kind, thorough, and answered all of my questions. I'll be back!
Terry A.
Dr. Park has a wonderful manner with her patients! I feel very fortunate to have her as my dentist. Her hygienists and office staff are very competent and kind. I would go nowhere else.
Jennifer B.
I just had my first appointment at Green Dental and I couldn't be happier with their service. I tend to be nervous when going to the dentist, but all of the staff were very welcoming and nice. The exam chair massages your back as you're getting your cleaning and there's a television on the ceiling to distract you from dental work. The cleaning and evaluation was very gentle. Thanks, Green Dental!
Saletta C.
I've been a patient for 3.5 years. Today I got a tooth pulled. I am not proud of that. Dr. Park gave me options today that included allowing her to pull it or go see an Oral Surgeon. There was no way I was leaving her office when I trust her so much. I was nervous but I trust her more than anyone I've ever trusted to complete dental work. I am very found of Dr. Park and how caring and gentle her care is with each patient. I was equally impressed when I walked into her office today. Dr. Park was personally calling a patient just to see how he was doing after a visit. I joked with her about that .... what Dr. calls just to check on you anymore. Very nice. Very much appreciated.
Ranjana S.
I picked this because it was close and was impressed with the polite professionalism I encountered. Loved that I did not have to wait, but also loved the massage chair to relax tired back muscles. I felt the cost of procedures was a little on the high side...
Chantel L.
One of the best dental clinics I've been to thus far. I love the fact that they give an incentive (free tooth whitening) for good dental hygiene and their service is impeccable. I'm happy they actually went over the x-rays and pictures they took of my teeth to give more knowledge of what they look for in x-rays. I'm so happy I found them!
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