In the event of a dental emergency, such as a knocked out, cracked, or dislodged tooth, seek treatment immediately. Dr. Ahmed Al-Salim and his staff at Gorgeous Smile in Arlington, Virginia, are ready to go the extra mile to schedule same-day treatment for your or a loved one and always provide the highest quality treatment. The staff keeps openings in the daily schedule to accommodate emergency appointments. Call the office right away if you to arrange same-day treatment.
The following dental emergencies are an example of when you should urgently seek same-day treatment with Dr. Al-Salim:
Getting emergency treatment ASAP can mean the difference between saving or losing your tooth. Dr. Al-Salim typically leaves openings in his daily schedule to accommodate same-day treatments.
Before coming to Gorgeous Smile, Dr. Al-Salim recommends taking the condition-specific following steps, if possible, to improve your outcome.
Pick up your tooth by its crown and rinse it under warm water without touching the root. If possible, place the tooth back into its socket. If not, tuck the tooth into your cheek pouch. If you can’t place your tooth back in your mouth, keep it in a cup of milk, saliva, or water to prevent the tooth from drying out.
Don’t use any kind of glue to affix your crown. It’s important to get to the office as quickly as possible so the situation doesn’t worsen. If you’re out of town, you may want to try cleaning your crown or filling then attaching it onto your tooth with dental cement, which you can purchase at a local pharmacy. Smearing the top of your tooth with dental cement may alleviate discomfort.
Rinse your tooth fragment and mouth with lukewarm water. Apply gauze to the affected area for ten minutes if you’re bleeding. Place a cold, damp dish towel on your cheek to minimize swelling and pain. Cover the affected area with over-the-counter dental cement if you cannot schedule an appointment with Dr. Al-Salim immediately. Topical pain relievers can also help.
Use a cold compress and over-the-counter medications to relieve pain.
To limit your risk of dental emergencies, Dr. Al-Salim recommends wearing a mouthguard when playing contact sports or participating in recreational activities and avoiding hard foods, such as ice, hard candies, or popcorn kernels.
If you experience a dental emergency, call the office right away, explain what happened and try to get seen as quickly as possible.