Emergency Dentistry

Loudoun Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Leesburg, VA

You can’t always schedule your dental needs, especially those caused by infection or accident. At Loudoun Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Leesburg, Virginia, Haidy Messih, DDS, offers same-day appointments and weekend options if necessary for dental emergencies. If a tooth gets knocked out, chipped, or breaks, call the office or request a last-minute appointment using the online booking tool today.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What dental issues are considered an emergency?

If you have any questions about an immediate dental issue, call Loudoun Family and Cosmetic Dentistry right away. In some cases, such as a tiny chip, you can wait a few days for treatment. The staff will listen to your symptoms and concerns and let you know if you should come in right away.

Circumstances that are usually an emergency include:

  • Severe swelling or an abscess
  • A knocked-out tooth
  • Serious pain
  • A cracked, chipped, or fractured tooth
  • Uncontrollable bleeding from the mouth

The office of Loudoun Family and Cosmetic Dentistry has some same-day appointments available for emergencies and can schedule you for a Saturday, too.

What should I do in the case of a dental emergency?

Contact the office of Loudoun Family and Cosmetic Dentistry right away, even if it’s after regular business hours. How you react until you reach the office depends on the nature of your emergency.

For any pain or swelling, apply cold packs to the outside of your mouth in the affected area. Handle a knocked-out tooth as little as possible. Dust off any dirt and hold it in your mouth – against your cheek or in its socket – if possible. Alternatively, place it in a cup of milk until you can get to the office.

Cracked or chipped teeth require an immediate appointment as well. If you’re bleeding from the mouth, rinse with warm water and apply gauze to the site of the wound. Severe toothaches also require a warm water mouth rinse. If you suspect you have food stuck between your teeth that’s causing inflammation, use floss to remove it.

How can I avoid a dental emergency?

Of course, you can’t avoid every emergency – sports incidents, falls, and car accidents happen. But, you can take steps to ensure you’re as safe as possible. Always wear a mouthguard during sports activities that involve contact. Don’t chew hard objects or food, such as ice or popcorn kernels. Maintain good oral hygiene, such as daily brushing and regular professional cleanings. Seek care for any tooth pain, especially before it becomes severe.

If you have a dental emergency, Loudoun Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is ready to help. Call the office right away or request an appointment online.