The MJM Family & Cosmetic Dentistry team knows that emergencies can catch patients off guard leading to stress, fear, and panic. When patients experience other medical emergencies, the next steps are clear: proceed to the nearest emergency room or dial 911. When it comes to dental emergencies, many patients feel less sure what steps to take. We welcome you to contact us for emergency dentistry at our Fairfax dental office, and we are happy to offer same-day treatment whenever possible.
Dr. Murray encourages patients dealing with a dental emergency to call MJM Family & Cosmetic Dentistry as soon as possible to schedule a visit. He will do everything he can to fit you in right away, and his staff has experience in accommodating emergency dental situations.
Depending on your specific emergency, there are also certain steps you should take before heading to the dental office.
In cases of extremely painful or sore toothaches, keep the area clean with a warm water rinse and use dental floss to remove any debris or food that might be between your teeth. Avoid using medicated products or putting aspirin on the aching tooth or gums until Dr. Murray can examine it.
If you’ve broken a tooth, Dr. Murray recommends rinsing out your mouth with warm water and keeping the area clean. Use cold compresses to manage facial swelling.
If a tooth falls out, it’s essential to keep it moist. If possible, place the tooth gently back into the socket without applying too much pressure and without touching the root. If this isn’t possible, hold the tooth between your cheek and gums or place it in a glass of milk.
Do your best to locate the restoration, gently rinse it with water, and place it back onto your exposed tooth using dental cement, denture adhesive, or sugar-free chewing gum as a last resort. Keep in mind that this is only a temporary solution. When you arrive at our dental office, we will do everything we can to restore the tooth the same day.
Dental emergencies can be largely avoided if you keep a few precautionary tips in mind. The most important points include the following:
When determining the cost of your dental emergency treatment, it’s important to recognize that the cost will vary depending on the severity of the emergency. For example, cleaning and restoring a tooth affected by decay may only require a dental filling. However, if damage is more severe, it may require a dental crown. In some cases, it could require root canal therapy if the inner area of the tooth is infected. No matter what the costs are, we are happy to say we are in-network with most dental insurance plans and will work within your budget to ensure your discomfort is relieved before you leave.
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