Dental problems don’t always wait for regular office hours. If you’re facing an emergency, contact Dr. Negar Tehrani and Dr. Chang Yi at Aura Dentistry in McLean, Virginia. If a tooth gets knocked out or you have extreme pain, call the office or book a last-minute appointment using the online scheduler as soon as you can.
If you’re not sure you’re having an emergency, call Aura Dentistry for assistance. In some cases -- a tiny chip, for example -- the tooth can wait a few days for treatment. The helpful staff will listen to your symptoms and concerns and let you know if you should come in right away or if you can wait for a later appointment. Circumstances that are usually an emergency include:
After hours care phone support is available to help you in the case of emergency, too. Aura Dentistry usually has a few appointments available each day should you need same-day emergency care.
Contact the office of Aura Dentistry right away, even if it’s after regular business hours. Your next steps depend on the nature of the emergency.
If you have pain or swelling, apply cold packs to your mouth or cheek until you can get in for an appointment. If your tooth was knocked out, handle the tooth as little as possible and preserve it in a cup of milk or hold it in your mouth against your check until you can get to the office. Cracked and chipped teeth require an immediate appointment as well.
If you’re bleeding from the mouth, rinse with warm water and apply a compress to the site of the wound. For a severe toothache, rinse your mouth with water and use dental floss to remove any food that may be stuck.
All incidents that cause a dental emergency can’t be avoided, of course, but you can take steps to ensure you’re as safe as possible. For example, wear a mouthguard during sports activities to prevent a tooth from being knocked out or broken. Don’t chew on hard objects or foods, even ice, which can fracture your teeth. Keep up with proper oral hygiene, such as daily brushing, and address tooth pain before it becomes severe.
If you have a dental emergency that can’t wait, call or book an appointment online with Aura Dentistry.