Dentists located in McLean, VA & Vienna, VA
Abscessed teeth, a broken tooth, or a bleeding mouth wound are all good reasons to find an emergency dentist near you as soon as possible. The dental experts at Cai Dentistry are located in Vienna and McLean, Virginia, to serve the emergency dental needs of your whole family. Call the office nearest you at the first sign of a dental emergency. You can also use the convenient online booking system to schedule your appointment.
Emergency Dentistry Q & A
What is emergency dental care?
An emergency dentist addresses any dental problem that requires immediate treatment to stop ongoing tissue bleeding, alleviate severe pain, or save a tooth. Most dental emergencies are situations in which you might lose a broken or knocked-out tooth for good. Visiting Cai Dentistry as soon as you can after your injury, preferably within 30 minutes, could mean the difference between saving and losing your injured tooth.
Is it a dental emergency?
If you're worried about a severe mouth injury you or a family member has sustained, it's the right time to call an emergency dentist. Immediate treatment calls for immediate action. These types of situations are generally considered dental emergencies:
- Knocked-out teeth
- A loose permanent tooth
- Severe tooth or mouth pain
- Bleeding inside your mouth from your tongue, gums, or cheeks
- An injury to your face or mouth
- Swelling in your mouth, gums, or tongue
- A badly cracked or broken tooth
- A cut or tear on your lips
Chipping a tooth in and of itself doesn't always warrant emergency dental care. If the tooth is chipped, but it doesn't appear as if you'll lose the tooth entirely, it's probably not a dental emergency. Even so, it’s a good idea to contact one of the experienced dentists at Cai Dentistry so they can tell you how to handle your tooth until you can get to the office.
How do I care for a knocked-out tooth?
Quick action is imperative for a dental emergency like a knocked-out tooth. Put off going to the dentist and you may be at risk of losing the tooth. In this situation, clean both the injured tooth and inside your mouth. Rinse your mouth and tooth with warm water, being careful not to touch the tooth by the roots.
As you clean the tooth, hold it gently by the top, or crown. Never pick up your tooth from the root. If possible, try to place it back into the socket in your gum where it came out. Bite down softly on a gauze pad to hold the tooth in place until you can get to Cai Dentistry. Call us right away to explain the situation, or have a loved one call for you.
If the tooth cannot go back into the empty socket, hold the tooth in your mouth next to your cheek or keep it in a glass of milk. The moisture will help prevent the roots from drying out. Cai Dentistry is here for you. Call for calm, expert assistance in the event of a dental emergency.