Emergency Dentistry Specialist

MJM Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Malcolm Murray, DDS

Cosmetic & General Dentist located in Fairfax, VA

If you have a cracked or knocked-out tooth or you have another dental issue that can’t wait, visit MJM Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Fairfax, Virginia. Dr. Malcolm Murray provides a wide range of emergency dental services for patients who have suffered dental trauma or need a same-day appointment. To learn more about the emergency dentistry services at MJM, call or book an appointment online today.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What constitutes a dental emergency?

Dr. Murray is trained to perform some tooth restoration and repair services, and in many cases, he can repair a cracked or broken tooth right away. The team at MJM Family & Cosmetic Dentistry encourage you to call or visit as soon as possible if you’re experiencing severe tooth pain, as this can be a sign of an infection.

Other common dental emergencies include:

  • Avulsed (knocked-out) teeth
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Damaged partial or full dentures
  • A severe toothache
  • Soft tissue infections or lacerations

What should I do in a dental emergency?

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 specific steps you should take before heading to the office.

Knocked-out tooth

If a tooth falls out, it’s essential to keep the tooth moist. If possible, place the tooth gently back into the socket without applying too much pressure and without allowing it to touch the root. If this isn’t possible, hold the tooth between your cheek and gums or place it in a glass of milk.

Cracked tooth

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.

Bitten tongue or lips

If you have a bitten tongue or lips, clean the area with warm water and then use a cold compress to control swelling.

Severe toothache

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.

Do I have to be an existing patient to get emergency dental care?

If you’ve never visited MJM Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, the team will have you fill out new patient intake forms, and they will review your insurance before you see Dr. Murray. It might take a little longer to conduct an initial exam and learn more about your oral health history, but Dr. Murray is always happy to accommodate new patients, even in an emergency situation.

To learn more about emergency dentistry services and treatments offered at MJM Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, call or schedule an appointment online today.