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Dental Emergency FAQs

Dental Emergency Washington DC

dental emergency FAQs

Having a dental emergency is not quite the same as a typical health emergency. Most dentists have an emergency phone number you can use in case of a true dental emergency, but you won’t find your usual Washington DC dentist manning an ER on the weekends. Therefore, it is important that you are aware of a few basic dental emergency FAQs, so that you know what to do while you are getting in touch with your dentist after hours.  If you are experiencing tooth pain or a dental emergency near me, gum swelling or a broken tooth then contact us now.

Knocked Out Your Tooth?

If you have knocked a tooth completely out, this requires attention right away. First, pick up the tooth by the top, or the white part – never touch the roots if you can help it. Rinse it off very carefully, just to remove any dirt from where it fell. No scrubbing needed! Then, if you can, place the tooth (roots down) back into the socket, and gently bite down to hold it in place. If this won’t work, put the tooth in a cup of milk and then get to the dentist right away.  You may want to call your dentist first and make sure you are doing the right home remedies first.

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Your Tooth Is Loose?

If your tooth has become loose, or was pushed out of its usual alignment (as in, it is sticking out funny, but still connected to your gums), then call us for an emergency appointment. If you are comfortable with it, try pushing the tooth back into place, and then bite down gently to keep the tooth from moving.  If you notice any sign of gum disease then rinse the mouth with warm water and take pain relievers as necessary.  Get dental care right away.

When you come into the office we will see you immediately unlike any emergency room.  The hospitals and doctors will not treat your teeth, they simply give you pain medicine and tell you to go see a dentist.  First and foremost we will need an x-ray to evaluate the teeth and roots for fractures.  If your tooth fell out or was severely displaced in your mouth then we will need to re-position it and splint it with a metal wire like braces wire for 3-4 weeks so it can stabilize.  Then we can remove the dental splint and evaluate the teeth for further treatment like root canal treatment.

Other FAQs

Other emergencies you may experience include:

  • Cracked tooth or chipped tooth
  • Broken tooth
  • Gum Swelling
  • Tooth Pain
  • Sensitive Teeth
  • Bleeding Gums
  • Root Canals
  • Objects stuck in the gums
  • Swollen Gums
  • Wound on your cheek, lip, tongue, etc.
  • Issue with a crown or other restoration

If you are bleeding from the mouth, in severe tooth pain due to the injury, have loose or knocked out teeth, or have swelling, bulges, or knots on your mouth or gums, then you should call us for an emergency appointment.  If your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold then you may just have tooth decay and need it restored.  You can also try rinsing the affected tooth with salt water.  If left untreated then you may surely end up with a root canal treatment.

Contact Your Emergency Dentist in Washington DC

Our dental office is conveniently located in Washington DC in Lenfant Plaza with a major metro line servicing the blue, yellow, orange and green lines.  If you are looking for tooth pain relief or a broken tooth fix then you can contact us at L’Enfant Dental Plaza by calling your dentist at 202-488-8300. You can also reach our emergency dental service for Washington DC using our online form here.

Serving Downtown Washington DC, Capitol Hill, Southwest DC, Waterfront, Dupont Circle, Georgetown, Northeast DC, Pentagon City, Crystal City, Southeast DC, Arlington, Alexandria, Mclean, Montgomery County Maryland, and beyond but patients travel from all over the Northeast for our services.  Located directly off the metro we are extremely convenient.