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When a Toothache Becomes an Emergency

September 25, 2022
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Posted By: Tysons Dentistry
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It's 10:00 a.m., and you're enjoying a mid-morning snack when you notice a dull ache in your back molar. You try to ignore it, but the pain worsens until you can't take it anymore. You wonder, "Is this a dental emergency?" 

A situation that indicates an emergency will usually be apparent very quickly. For example, there's no denying that a knocked-out tooth or a throbbing toothache requires immediate attention.

In this article, we'll discuss when a toothache becomes an emergency and what you can do to relieve the pain until you can get to our office.

Dental Emergencies in Vienna, VA

Before we get started, Tysons Dentistry wants to emphasize:

  1. Whatever dental problem you're experiencing, please call us right away at 703-442-0770, so we can provide you with the help and relief you need.
  2. If you have experienced dental trauma that includes jaw, facial, or head injuries, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.

Severe Toothache Pain

Are you experiencing severe toothache pain? The possible causes of this may be broken, cracked, or decayed teeth, a cracked filling or one that has fallen out, or advanced gum disease. In addition to applying and removing ice packs to the affected area every 20 minutes, over-the-counter pain medications may be beneficial until you can get to our office.

An Abscess

This pus-filled pocket forms around the tooth root and is usually the result of an infection. An abscess can cause severe pain, fever, and swelling. If you have an abscess, you should see us right away because it could spread to other parts of your mouth or even to your jawbone. 

A Broken Tooth

If you have broken a tooth, it's time to see the dentist. A broken tooth could lead to an infection, so it's best to get it checked out as soon as possible. Meanwhile, you can rinse your mouth with warm water to help keep the area clean. You can also apply a cold compress every 20 minutes to reduce swelling and discomfort.

Severe Gum Inflammation

If your gums are red, swollen, and bleeding or if they hurt when touched, those could be signs of gum disease. You should see us right away if you have any of these symptoms because they could lead to more serious problems down the road if left untreated. 

Knocked-Out Tooth

Taking prompt action after losing a tooth significantly improves your chances of saving it. You should only hold the tooth by its crown. The root of the tooth should not be touched. If you feel comfortable doing so, you can gently place the tooth back into its socket but do not force it back into place. Otherwise, you can place the tooth in a cup of saliva, water, or milk to prevent the root from drying out.

Lost Crown or Filling

In addition to being painful, losing a crown or filling can also weaken your tooth's structure. In order to prevent further damage to the tooth, please contact our office right away.

Help Is Just a Phone Call Away

Our team always makes sure there is time available during the day to handle emergencies. We can usually evaluate your needs and determine the appropriate treatment on the same day at our Vienna, VA, office. In some cases, we will not be able to complete treatment during an emergency appointment, but we will ensure you are comfortable until we schedule you for a full appointment.

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please call our dental office immediately, and one of our dentists will evaluate your situation. Please give us a call at 703-442-0770 as soon as possible so we can provide you with the relief and care you need.

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