June 30, 2016
What would you do if you had a dental emergency? First, call DC emergency dentist, Dr. Shakrokh Soltani at My Face My Smile. The doctor will tell you the right course of action, and My Face My Smile accommodates pressing dental issues with same day appointments.
What is a dental emergency?
When in doubt about the condition of your teeth and gums, contact My Face My Smile as soon as possible. Dr. Soltani or a dedicated staff member will help you control your pain, prevent more damage and get you treatment as soon as possible. Your oral health and well-being are their top priority.
Dental emergencies come in many forms, including:
- A throbbing toothache and drainage from serious tooth decay or abscess (infection)
- Jaw or gum swelling
- Tooth sensitivity from a lost filling or crown
- Fractured denture or bridgework
- Bleeding from a laceration to the lips, tongue, or gums
- Broken tooth
- Knocked out tooth
What to do before seeing your DC emergency dentist
In addition to phoning your DC emergency dentist, proper first aid measures stabilize dental issues until Dr. Soltani treats you.
For example, if you receive a hard blow to the face and suspect a broken jaw or have bleeding that does not stop within 10 minutes, go to the nearest ER. If a sudden blow causes you to lose a tooth, wash debris off the tooth, and place it back into the empty socket. Hold it in place while travelling to My Face My Smile. If this is not workable, put the tooth between your cheek and gum, or in a plastic container or sandwich bag with milk or over the counter tooth preservative.
The American Association of Endodontists, specialists in root canal therapy, says most avulsed teeth may be reimplanted if treated within one hour of injury. Also, the DC emergency dentist restores fractured or chipped teeth with crowns, porcelain veneers or composite resin bonding. Dr. Soltani tells patients to bring tooth fragments to the office.
For abscesses, take over the counter ibuprofen to reduce swelling and pain. A cold compress helps, too. Many dental abscesses respond well to root canal therapy, which removes diseased inner pulp and crowns the tooth.
Protect your oral health
Be proactive to avoid dental injury. Wear a mouthguard during sports. Don’t bite into hard items such as ice cubes or pencil tops. Avoid taffy, peanut brittle and other tough foods. Call Dr. Soltani at the first sign of a problem.
Also, practice diligent dental hygiene. Brush twice a day, and floss daily. Visit My Face My Smile semi-annually for an exam, cleaning and x-rays as needed. Dr. Soltani diagnoses and treat dental problems before they become painful, complex and expensive.
Call right away
Contact My Face My Smile immediately with urgent dental issues. A limited exam and x-rays is only $99.
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