Emergency Dentistry – Leesburg, VA
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No one ever plans on a dental emergency, but you can be prepared by having an emergency dentist’s number in your phone just in case. This way, should you develop a toothache, or your child suffers a dental injury, then there is no delay in getting the care they need. At All Smiles Leesburg, we offer same-day and even weekend appointments for emergency dentistry in Leesburg, VA, ensuring that if a patient is in pain, they won’t be for long.
Why Choose All Smiles Leesburg for Emergency Dentistry?
- Weekend Dental Emergency Appointments
- Skilled & Compassionate Dental Team
How to Handle Common
It’s easy to panic in the initial moments after you realize you’re experiencing a dental emergency, but know that you don’t have to deal with things alone. Just call our team, and we’ll let you know exactly what to do next. If this involves coming to see us, we’ll go over first-aid so you can be as comfortable as possible. Here are a few other things you can do ahead of your appointment:
Clean around the tooth to remove anything that might be stuck, and if the pain continues, go ahead and take an OTC medication. If there is swelling, apply a cold compress to the face for 10 minutes at a time.
Chipped/ Broken Tooth
Apply a small amount of pressure to the area using a tissue or clean rag to stop the bleeding, and try to recover as many pieces of the tooth that you can find. Be sure to bring them to our dental office, and if there is a rough edge inside the mouth, you can cover it either with some dental wax or sugarless gum.
Try to make it to our dental office within an hour of the accident, as this will give our team the best chance of saving the tooth. It needs to remain wet to stay alive, so after gently rinsing it, place it under the tongue or in a container with milk or saltwater.
Lost Filling/ Crown
Still have the restoration? For a temporary repair, place it back onto the tooth using a small dab of toothpaste or denture adhesive to secure it. Otherwise, avoid chewing with the tooth until you can see us, and cover it with sugarless gum if needed.
If your jaw is frequently stiff and sore, then you may have a TMJ disorder, or TMD. This can also be the source of persistent head and neck pain. Stemming from a misaligned jaw joint, Dr. McBryde can find the source of the problem and treat it directly to give you lasting relief.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
A few daily practices can all but eliminate your risk of a dental emergency:
- Play sports? Act like the pros and always wear a mouthguard!
- Never chew on items like ice, pens, pencils, fingernails, etc.
- Don’t use your teeth to open packages or remove tags.
- Be careful when eating very hard, sticky, or chewy foods.
- Contact our dental office if you feel any out-of-the-ordinary oral symptoms.
The Cost of Dental Emergencies
The best thing you can do to minimize the cost of emergency treatment is come see us as soon as possible, as this will allow us to handle an issue before it becomes more complicated and requires extensive treatment. We’ll evaluate your mouth, discuss your options, and go over pricing before providing any care so you know exactly what to expect. We’ll also talk about how we can use your dental insurance and financing to make everything affordable.
When slight decay or minor damage occurs in the tooth, the tooth can usually be salvaged with a simple dental filling. In cases in which the decay or damage is extensive and has reached the central nerve, a simple filling is usually no longer an option; a root canal must be completed. When this extensive decay or damage reaches the pulp in the center of the tooth, it is common for the pulp to become infected or inflamed. In order to treat the infection and restore the health of the tooth, the infected tissue is removed, medication is applied to the area to prevent bacteria growth, and the tooth is filled with a sterile synthetic material. The tooth is then filled and covered with a protective crown to prevent any further decay or damage.
When damage, infection, or decay has progressed to the point that a tooth may no longer be salvaged with restorative dental work, the tooth will likely be recommended for extraction. The tooth will be expertly and gently removed from the mouth using local anesthesia. Rest assured that you will never have an incomplete smile line; you will be given a thorough treatment plan to ensure that the tooth is replaced with a functional restoration, whether it be a dental implant, a dental bridge, or a partial denture.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Our third molars - commonly known as the wisdom teeth - develop between the ages of 17 and 25. Wisdom teeth that develop and emerge correctly do not need to be removed, but it is quite common for them to erupt with the following issues:
- Difficult to properly and thoroughly clean
- Unable to fully erupt (allows bacteria to become trapped)
- Impaction (stuck in the gum line)
- Negative effect on patient’s bite
If you experience any of the above symptoms, you may be a candidate for wisdom tooth removal. Dr. McBryde will conduct a thorough examination of the development and positioning of your wisdom teeth in order to determine if you are a candidate. If you are, you will be scheduled for wisdom tooth extraction in our Leesburg dental office with our gentle and experienced team.
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