K Street Dental & Orthodontic Group
Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics located in Washington, DC
Abscessed teeth, a broken tooth, or a bleeding mouth wound are all reasons to seek immediate treatment from an emergency dentist. The team at K Street Dental & Orthodontic Group in Washington, D.C. are ready to serve the emergency dental needs of your entire family. If you or a family member are facing a dental emergency, call the office location nearest you or book an appointment online.
Emergency Dentistry Q & A
What is an emergency dentist?
An emergency dentist treats dental and mouth injuries that need immediate attention. Emergency dental situations usually involve saving knocked-out or broken teeth. Getting to K Street Dental & Orthodontic Group within 30 minutes of your mouth or tooth injury can mean the difference between saving and losing your tooth.
Is it a dental emergency?
Whenever you are concerned about a severe mouth injury or condition for yourself or a member of your family, it’s a good idea to seek immediate emergency dental care. Common dental emergencies often include:
- Knocked-out teeth
- A loose permanent tooth
- Intense tooth or mouth pain
- Bleeding inside your mouth from your tongue, gums, or cheeks
- An injury to your mouth or face
- Swelling in your mouth, gums, or tongue
- A severely cracked or broken tooth
- A laceration or tear on your lips
If you chip a tooth, but it doesn’t appear as if you may lose the tooth entirely, it may not be a dental emergency. With that said, don't hesitate to speak with one of K Street Dental & Orthodontic Group’s experienced dentists. They'll explain how to handle your tooth until you can visit the office.
What do I do with a knocked-out tooth?
Quick action is imperative for a dental emergency like a knocked-out tooth. Without immediate dental care, there's a good chance you'll lose the tooth for good. In this situation, clean both the injured tooth and inside your mouth. Rinse your mouth and tooth with lukewarm water. Avoid touching or holding the tooth's roots.
Hold the tooth by the crown (the smooth white top part) as you rinse it. Using light pressure, reposition the cleaned tooth in the empty socket in your gum. Bite down softly on a gauze pad to hold the tooth in place until you can get to K Street Dental & Orthodontic Group. Call the office right away, or have someone call for you who can explain the situation.
If the tooth can't be replaced in the empty socket, place it in a small cup of cold milk. The milk will help preserve the roots until you can make it into the office.
Call K Street Dental & Orthodontic Group in the case of a dental emergency or schedule an appointment online.
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