Dental emergencies can happen at any unexpected time and place; if you are experiencing a dental emergency, our dentists can help!
Advantages of Emergency Dental Treatments
If you experience any oral pain or discomfort in the jaw or mouth, you should seek care from an emergency dentist as soon as possible to prevent further damage from occurring. A routine dental exam can alert you to any problems before they become emergencies, which is why visiting your dentist every six months is strongly recommended.
If you’re experiencing tooth pain, it’s important to see a dentist as soon as possible to get the problem addressed before the issue worsens. Waiting too long to see a dentist can lead to the need for more expensive procedures than if the procedure were taken care of sooner. If you are in severe pain or don’t think you can go through the visit without sedation, reach out to your dentist immediately to set up an appointment. Some dentists offer same-day appointments, so you may be able to be seen sooner than you thought!
If you’ve lost a tooth as a result of an accident or injury, getting the tooth replaced quickly is important so you can restore proper functionality and appearance to your smile. A missing tooth can also affect your ability to chew and speak properly, which can lead to further problems if left untreated. Getting a dental implant or other restorative option sooner rather than later can help you avoid having to face more extensive and expensive dental procedures in the future.
If you notice that one of your teeth is cracked or chipped, make an appointment with your dentist as soon as you can. Leaving the chip untreated could not only lead to increased sensitivity but it can also affect the structural integrity of your tooth. If it gets worse, you may need a crown or even a root canal therapy to correct the issue. As a result, it may be more cost-efficient to take care of the minor chip now to avoid having to deal with more costly issues later on.
What Dental Procedures Can Be Completed During Emergency Appointments?
If you have an emergency, we’ll do all we can to see you as soon as possible. Our dentist is well-versed in all types of dentistry, so she’ll complete any procedure he deems necessary to restore your health. We will start the exam by taking an x-ray of your mouth to assess your condition and create a treatment plan for you. If we feel you require immediate care, we can often begin treatment on the same day as your exam. Here are some common procedures that may be performed during emergency appointments:
- Root canals
- Crowns and caps
- Mouth guards
- Wisdom teeth removal
- Cosmetic bonding
During your emergency appointment, we will do everything we can to make you comfortable. We’ll numb the area as needed before starting treatment and will provide sedation options if you need them. After the procedure is complete, we’ll discuss your options for follow-up care and answer any questions you might have. We may recommend over-the-counter pain medication to help manage discomfort and recommend that you avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, or eating anything hard until the next day. To prevent infection, you’ll need to take good care of your smile. Be sure to brush twice each day and floss at least once each day. You should also keep up with regular checkups and cleanings. These visits are important for ensuring your oral health remains in top shape!
To learn more, visit Georgetown Cosmetic Dentistry at 2440 M Street, NW, Suite 328, Washington, DC 20037, or call (202) 785-4141 for the best dental care.