Emergency Dentistry Appointments

At My Face My Smile, we are dedicated to offering Washington, DC dental patients quality dentistry services that exceed even the highest expectations. That includes providing timely care, when our patients contact us during a dental emergency. If you or a loved one are experiencing a dental emergency, we can typically schedule an appointment to see you right away, and for patients of record, we are almost always able to schedule an appointment on the day you call us.

What Emergencies do you Treat?

A dental emergency can happen to anyone. Your family is having a relaxing day at the pool when your little one miscalculates the distance on a lap and hits their mouth on the side. You bite down on a particularly chewy piece of food and your brand new crown comes right off. You’re brushing a denture and it slips from your grip and lands on your hard, tile floor. Whatever kind dental emergency you’re experiencing, we’re here to help. Some of the emergency dentistry concerns we treat most often include:

  • Knocked out teeth and restorations
  • Broken teeth, dental restorations, or dentures
  • Severe toothache and dental sensitivity
  • Swelling or infection in the gums or other soft tissue
  • Soft tissue lacerations

What Should I do During a Dental Emergency?

First and foremost, take a deep breath. We know these situations are stressful and painful, but it’s very important that you clearly explain the situation to one of our team members. The dentist wants to provide you the best possible care, but in order to do so, we need to know exactly what’s going on. Once you feel calm enough, give our office a call. A caring team member will walk you through first aid and pain management tips and schedule an appointment for you to see us quickly as possible. In most cases, patients are able to visit our DC dental office on the same day they contact us. Some other things you can do during a dental emergency include:

  • Keep the area clean. Use cool water to rinse out your mouth. Never use toothpaste, mouthwash, or other products unless expressly instructed to do so by the dentist.
  • Apply pressure to areas that are bleeding using gauze or clean cloth. This should slow the blood flow within a few minutes. If heavy blood flow continues, an ice pack or cold compress can be applied.
  • Use an ice pack or cold compress to relieve pain, prevent or reduce swelling, and slow blood flow. Place the ice pack over the damaged area at twenty minute intervals (20 on and 20 off).
  • Take over the counter medications like aspirin or ibuprofen as directed, but do not apply a pain reliever directly to the damaged area. This folk remedy is likely to do much more harm than good.

Can I Prevent Dental Emergencies?

Not always, but here are some tips to help you reduce your risk for dental emergency:

 

  • Do not chew ice, your nails, pens, or other hard objects
  • Never use your teeth as tools to open packages
  • Brush and floss your teeth each day
  • Visit our DC dental office at least twice a year
  • Wear athletic mouthgurads and protective nightguards for teeth grinding as directed