When you are a part of the Nova Dental Partners family, if you have an emergency, we will fit you in our schedule to evaluate your injury, relieve your pain, and possibly start treatment the same day. The most common dental emergencies seen at our Alexandria and Woodbridge offices include root canals for abscessed teeth, crowns for fractures, and extractions for teeth that cannot be saved. We take great pride in accommodating our emergency patients as quickly as possible.
We also understand that emergencies don’t always happen during regular office hours. We make ourselves available regardless of the hour by providing an emergency number to reach one of the doctors on call.
Do you know what to do in a dental emergency?
Bitten lip or tongue: Before coming into the office, apply a cold compress to stop any swelling on the lip. If there is a large laceration in need of stitches, go to the emergency room.
Object caught in teeth: If there is something caught in the teeth, try to floss it out or use a water pick to flush it out. If that doesn’t work, schedule an appointment.
Broken, chipped, or fractured tooth: Call our Mount Vernon, Lake Ridge, Old Town, or King Street Station office where we can repair the damage and prevent infection.
Knocked-out tooth: If a tooth is knocked out, pick it up by the crown portion and not the root. Gently rinse any dirt or debris off the tooth. If you can, reinsert the tooth back into the socket and keep it in place by biting on something soft like a towel. If you are not able to reinsert the tooth, place it in milk and come directly to our dental office.
Toothache: A toothache is something that should not be ignored, as it may indicate an infection. You can take Ibuprofen to alleviate the pain, but be sure to schedule an appointment so Dr. Tavakkoli can find the root of the pain.
Broken jaw: Make sure to maintain an open airway (remove any bone fragments, teeth, or blood). You will also want to stabilize the jaw and apply a cold compress. Go to the emergency room as soon as possible.