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Emergency Dentistry

Smiles in Springfield

General Dentists & Implant Dentist located in Springfield, VA

Urgent dental needs can arise at any time of the day or night, as well as on weekends and holidays. Having access to a trusted dental team can make this experience far less stressful, which is why Dr. Quang Cao Tran, DDS, of Smiles in Springfield offers emergency dentistry services to residents of Springfield, Virginia. If you or a loved one experiences an urgent dental need, reach out to the office by phone to set up a same-day visit or discuss the next steps.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What is a dental emergency?

Many things can qualify as a dental emergency, and many people are uncertain if their condition meets the criteria for emergency dentistry. As a general rule, any condition that causes moderate to severe pain should prompt a call to Smiles in Springfield. 

Some examples of dental emergencies include:

  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Cracked tooth
  • Object lodged between teeth or in gum tissue
  • Severe dental pain
  • Visible swelling in gums or other soft tissues
  • Oral lacerations
  • Broken or bent dentures or bridgework
  • Broken crown
  • Sudden sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures

If in doubt, take a moment to call Smiles in Springfield to determine the best way to address your dental concerns. 

What steps should I take in the event of a dental emergency?

If your dental issue is the result of a traumatic injury or a sports injury, the first step is to take action to secure your immediate safety. Move out of the way of oncoming traffic, whether you are on a highway or a sports field. 

Assess your overall condition to see if you have other injuries. If you have chest pain, shortness of breath, or uncontrolled bleeding, seek emergency medical attention right away. 

How should I respond to a knocked-out tooth?

If you’ve lost a tooth, your first response should be an effort to find the tooth and carefully pick it up by the crown portion. Avoid touching the roots, as this portion may still have viable tissue attached. 

Gently rinse off any debris with cool water, then rinse your mouth and try to place the tooth back in its socket. If this isn’t possible, place the tooth between your cheek and gums to keep it moist. You can also place the tooth in a small container and cover it with milk or a saline solution.

You can take over-the-counter ibuprofen or naproxen sodium to address pain. These medications are anti-inflammatories, so they lessen your pain by decreasing swelling.  

Call Smiles in Springfield as soon as possible to set up a same-day visit. In some cases, a knocked-out tooth can be saved if you take action promptly. 

If you have questions about emergency dentistry, call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff. For routine dental visits, the online scheduling is also an option.