If you have an Emergency, Don’t Wait. Call Dr. Yedigarian Right Away!
We understand that when you have an emergency dental situation you don’t want to wait to get it fixed. We will always try to fit in emergency cases the same day if at all possible. If you have an emergency give us a call at 703-832-0989.
What To Do In A Dental Emergency
- Toothache: Clean the area around the tooth thoroughly. Rinse the mouth with warm salt water or use dental floss to dislodge trapped food or debris. DO NOT place aspirin on the gum. If face is swollen, apply a cold compress. Take acetaminophen for pain and call our office as soon as possible.
- Knocked Out Tooth: Find the tooth and only handle it by the top (crown), not the root portion. You can rinse the tooth, but do not clean or handle it more than you absolutly have to. Try to reinsert the tooth back in its socket. Hold the it in place by biting on a clean gauze or cloth. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing milk or water. See a dentist IMMEDIATELY! Time is critical in saving the tooth.
- Broken Tooth: Rinse dirt from the injured area with warm water. Place cold compresses over the face in the area of the injury. Locate and save any broken tooth fragments. Immediate dental attention is necessary.
- Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek: Apply ice to bruised area(s). If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a clean gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or it cannot be controlled by simple pressure, go to a hospital emergency room.
- Broken Braces and Wires: If a broken appliance can be removed easily, take it out. If it cannot, cover the sharp or protruding portion with cotton balls, gauze or chewing gum. If a wire is stuck in the gums, cheek or tongue, DO NOT remove it. See a dentist immediately. Loose or broken appliances which do not bother the child don’t usually require emergency attention.
- Possible Broken Jaw: If a fractured jaw is suspected, try to keep the jaw from moving by using a towel, tie or handkerchief, then take the patient to the nearest emergency room.
- Bleeding After Baby Tooth Falls Out: Fold and pack a clean gauze over the bleeding area. Have the child bite on the gauze with pressure for 15 minutes. This may be repeated once; if bleeding persists, see a dentist.
- Cold / Canker Sores: Many people occasionally suffer from “cold” or “canker” sores. It used to be the only thing you could do was apply over-the-counter preparations to get some relief. However, we can now treat cold sores when they first appear with laser. This will stop the spread of the sore and usually eliminates the return of sores in the same spot in the future.