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Trust Your Emergency Dentist in Herndon

Man holding jaw in painDental injuries and severe oral pain can strike at any time, and often when it’s very inconvenient. At Premier Dental Care, our patients can rely on us to make time for them in emergencies, why is why we are pleased to offer emergency dentistry in Herndon. Please contact us right away for assistance, either over the phone and in-person. Dr. Bakhtyari will review your condition, provide immediate relief, and help you determine the next steps towards rebuilding your smile’s function and appearance.

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

A middle-aged man holding his cheek as a result of a severe toothacheWhen a dental emergency occurs, you need to know what to do until you can reach our office. Whether it happens quickly or is a slow progression, being prepared is crucial. To help you feel more confident about addressing these concerns at home, here are a few tips to handling common dental emergencies:

Toothaches

A toothache can be caused by many things. From something stuck between your teeth to sinus pressure to an infection that reaches the innermost layer of your tooth, no matter the cause, you’re likely looking for a fast and effective way to alleviate the pain. If you are unable to remove a lodged object from between your teeth, it may be that there is an underlying issue in need of treatment. Make sure to call our office if the pain is not subsiding, as you may need to undergo root canal therapy.

Chipped/Broken Tooth

Make sure to rinse your mouth to clear away any debris and attempt to retrieve any broken or chipped pieces of your tooth. Once you’ve rinsed off the portions of your tooth, make sure to bring them with you to your appointment. This will allow our team to examine the situation and determine if these pieces can be reattached. Don’t worry if they cannot, as we can provide various treatments to fix your cosmetic flaw.

Knocked-Out Tooth

There is no time to waste when dealing with a knocked-out tooth. Once you’ve gathered the tooth, rinse it off but hold it only by the crown. If possible, try to reinsert it into the vacated socket. If unsuccessful, place it in a container of milk or between your cheek and gums to keep it moist until you reach our office. If treated within the hour, it may be possible to save the tooth. Otherwise, your dentist in Herndon will begin discussions on ways to replace it.

Lost Filling/Crown

A lost dental crown or filling is common. When this happens, if you know the location of your restoration, bring it with you to your appointment. In the meantime, feel free to use a dental adhesive or dental cement to put it back into place. You can find these products at your local drug store and are great temporary solutions.

What Counts as a Dental Emergency?

You may feel unsure about your situation and whether immediate care is necessary. Here are some of the most common cases that our team considers urgent:

Tooth and ER bag illustration
  • A broken or fractured tooth
  • Severe oral pain or “toothache”
  • A partially or fully dislodged tooth
  • A gum tissue injury
  • A jaw injury
  • A broken or lost restoration, such as a crown or filling
  • An object stuck between the teeth that you cannot safely dislodge
  • Significant, sustained oral bleeding

Keys to Preventing Dental Emergencies

A little boy holding a mouthguard between his teeth to prevent dental emergencies in HerndonDr. Bakhtyari and his team are always here in case you have a dental emergency. However, rather than treat an emergency, we’d much rather prevent one from happening in the first place. Between sports, stress, and other life events and obligations, accidents can happy any time, any place. To ensure that everyone you love enjoys their pearly whites and beautiful smile for as long as possible, let’s discuss a few steps you can take to prevent dental emergencies in Herndon. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact our dental office.

Continue to See Your Dentist for Regular Checkups

A young woman smiling while undergoing a dental checkup in Herndon

Make sure you and your family are sticking to a schedule of regular dental checkups every six months. During these visits, Dr. Bakhtyari will examine your teeth, looking for developing problems such as a cracked tooth or infection that is only visible on an X-ray. Treating these issues sooner rather than later can fend off an emergency and is likely to cost less than urgent care.

Adopt a Good Oral Hygiene Routine at Home

A father and son flossing their teeth in the bathroom in Herndon

In-between your dental checkups and cleanings, you’ll need to make sure your family is keeping up with their oral hygiene at home. Establishing a morning and nighttime routine of brushing for two minutes, flossing, and rinsing will help to minimize the potential for tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. Also, using fluoride toothpaste will help to strengthen tooth enamel and combat decay that tries to cause cavities. With these practices in place, you will significantly decrease the risk for serious toothaches and infections that need to be treated by an emergency dentist.

Limit Sugar Intake and Switch to Healthy Foods

A mother and her children cutting up vegetables for a healthy meal in Herndon

Yes, sweets and starches are enjoyable to eat, but they wreak havoc on your waistline and smile. Because bacteria loves chips, cookies, candy, and other bad foods, consuming too much can make it difficult for your saliva to neutralize harmful acids. As a result, they can break down tooth enamel and cause cavities to form. However, if you and your family begin eating healthier foods like fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, lean proteins, nuts, and dairy, you’ll see a noticeable difference in everyone’s smile. These healthy alternatives promote better gums and stronger teeth.

Safeguard Your Smile with a Mouthguard

An up-close image of a person holding a customized mouthguard in Herndon

The most important thing you and your family members can do to avoid dental emergencies is to wear a mouthguard during any type of athletic activity. A large number of dental emergencies in Herndon happen during play to someone not wearing a mouthguard. Today, these oral appliances are more comfortable than ever so there’s no reason not to wear one during play or practice. If you or a loved one experiences much stress, bruxism may also be a reason to seek a customized mouthguard for your dentist, as this can help prevent chronic jaw pain and wear and tear to your tooth enamel.

Use Tools to Open Packages, Not Your Teeth

A woman smiling and pointing to her teeth that are damage-free in Herndon

There is no quicker way to visit an emergency dental office in Herndon than to try and use your teeth as tools. Tooth enamel is one of the hardest substances in the body; however, it’s not indestructible. When trying to open a package or container, the pressure applied to your teeth can cause them to break, chip, or become fractured. You may even cut or gash your soft oral tissues. Instead of using your pearly whites to do what only an actual tool can do, save your smile and take the time to find scissors, pliers, or any other actual tool to do the job.

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

A person preparing to push a button that reads 'Dental Insurance' on a computer keyboardMost dental insurance companies understand that accidents happen, but the level of coverage you will receive depends on the type of restorative care you need. You must review your individual plan to determine how much your insurer will cover for minor and major restorative services. If you need assistance, our dental team will be happy to work on your behalf to get you the answers you need, so you can make the best decision about your dental health.

If necessary, we can help you with financing and additional payment options, so you can still receive the care you need without worrying about the financial aspect of your treatment.