What Is a Dental Emergency? NOVA Patient Information
NOVA Dental Emergency Appointments
We are currently able to take appointments for dental emergencies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please call our office in Burke to get started: NOVA Dental Anesthesia Phone Number 703-672-6919. You may also use our online Appointment request form.
We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 updates and we will update the status of the office to our patient and community on a weekly basis.
While the Virginia Dental Association and the ADA have recommended that we postpone elective procedures, NOVA Dental Anesthesia will remain operational for emergencies. We will continue to strictly adhere to the standards for infection control by wearing personal protective gear, using hospital-grade disinfectants, practicing the latest sterilization protocols, utilizing single-use disposable materials, and more. Every effort we have in place is to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.
Dental Emergency FAQ
What is a dental emergency?
A dental emergency is any situation that poses an immediate threat to the health of your teeth and supporting tissues. Dental emergencies are often the result of impact to the mouth, but they also can be caused by infection. To ensure the best possible outcome, any dental emergency should be evaluated by a professional immediately.
How soon should I be seen?
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, we recommend you contact your general dentist first. Your general dentist will be able to advise what your treatment options are and, if necessary, will refer you to us. If your dentist wants you to be seen in our office, we can offer offer same-day emergency services for most conditions.
What to do if a tooth is knocked out:
For permanent teeth that are knocked out, rinse the tooth and put it back in the socket. If you can’t get the tooth back in the socket, place it in a container of milk, water or saliva to keep it moist. Do not touch the roots (handle the tooth by the crown) and don’t brush the tooth. Contact us (NOVA Dental Anesthesia Phone Number 703-672-6919) or your general dentist IMMEDIATELY for information and emergency treatment – the sooner you get to us, the more likely your tooth can be saved!
For baby teeth that are unexpectedly knocked out, leave them out and contact us (NOVA Dental Anesthesia Phone Number 703-672-6919)or the child’s dentist immediately for instructions.
List of Dental Emergencies:
- Broken Tooth/Teeth
- Pain When Biting
- Severe Tooth Decay (Tooth Extraction May Be Required)
- Trauma from Tooth Accident
- Inflammation Around Wisdom Teeth
- Substantial Toothache
- Severe Tooth Sensitivity
- Gum Abscesses
- Swollen or Sore Gums
- Jaw Pain
- Broken, Cracked and Chipped Teeth
- Broken Fillings
- Lost Crown
If you can’t get into your dentist’s office immediately, here is a list of effective home remedies to make you more comfortable while you wait for care:
- Warm water rinses for sore teeth and gums
- Over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen (Tylenol)
- Ice packs applied to the outside of cheeks
- Dental anesthetics containing benzocaine may be used as directed on the package for pain
- Avoid overly hot and cold beverages and foods to reduce sensitivity
- Heating pads may be used for jaw pain
- Avoid chewing in the injured area
- If a broken tooth has a sharp edge, cotton can be placed over it to protect soft tissues in your mouth
Pain-Free Emergencies: Some dental emergencies may not cause pain initially. For example, a cracked tooth may not hurt, but it may lead to nerve damage in the roots. For this reason, all of the listed conditions need immediate attention, whether or not pain is present.
We are here to help! Please contact us in Burke VA if you have any emergency condition: NOVA Dental Anesthesia Phone Number 703-672-6919.