"I greatly dislike going to ANY dentist for any reason, including just having my teeth cleaned. This is the first dental office that I have returned to on a regular basis to maintain the health of my teeth and gums. It only took be 60+ years to find such a place."
At Rye Smiles for Life, we’re here for you if you have a dental emergency. We work to allocate a certain amount of time each day for ‘same day’ emergency appointments, so call us as early in the day as possible so our staff can work to have you seen.
Many patients wonder, though, what is a dental emergency and what is not? An accident or injury that dislodges or knocks out a tooth is obviously an emergency, but sometimes it can be difficult to know when pain warrants an emergency dental appointment or if hairline cracks or lines on the teeth are emergencies that need to be treated right away.
The most obvious dental emergency is a broken, dislodged or knocked out tooth. When this happens, you should treat the mouth injury first by rinsing your mouth with water and stopping any bleeding. If a tooth comes out in one piece, you can try to replace it as long as it is not too painful to do so. If you can’t do this, put the tooth in a glass of milk and make an emergency dental appointment right away. With quick action, our Fairfax emergency dentist, Dr. Chau, may be able to reattach your tooth so you won’t need to get a replacement.
Tooth or mouth pain doesn’t always require a same day emergency dentist visit, but it might under certain circumstances. If pain comes on suddenly, it could be because something is caught between the teeth or another problem that requires immediate attention. A simple toothache is usually not an emergency, but if the pain does not subside for a few days, or if you have frequent recurring toothaches, you should make a regular dental appointment.
As a Fairfax emergency dentists, Dr. Rye & Dr. Chau often see patients with cracked teeth, but sometimes people mistake common lines for cracks. Tiny lines that are called craze lines affect the tooth enamel and are not damaging to the function and health of the teeth. They can be treated cosmetically, but don’t require any other treatment.
A crack that warrants a same day emergency dentist visit is usually accompanied by pain. If not treated, a crack can get worse and possibly extend to the root. If that happens, the tooth will need to be extracted.
Most dental emergencies can lead to complete restoration of damaged teeth if you act quickly. Our Fairfax emergency dentists are available for same day emergency appointments at the Fairfax dental office of Rye Smiles for Life.