AB Reston Family Dental
Preet Bajwa, DDS
Dentist located in Reston, VA
What happens if your toddler falls in the middle of the night and breaks a tooth? What do you do when your son comes home from football practice with a mouth injury, and it’s after regular business hours? At times like these, you may need an emergency dentist. Rest assured that Dr. Preet S. Bajwa, of Reston, Virginia, and his team will be ready to take care of you and your family. If you have a dental emergency on your hands, call or walk into AB Reston Family Dental today.
Emergency Dentist Q & A
What is a dental emergency?
If you have pain in your mouth that isn’t getting better, it may be an emergency.
For example, you may have injured your jaw, may have bleeding in your mouth, or you may have an abscess (an infection within a tooth). Those are situations that require immediate attention. And if a tooth has fallen out, you have a better chance of saving it if you see Dr. Bajwa right away.
How can I ease the pain before I see the emergency dentist?
Try these remedies to ease pain or discomfort:
- Mix a teaspoon of salt in warm water and rinse out your mouth with it
- If the pain is around one tooth, try flossing to dislodge food that may be caught there
- Use a cold compress to ease the swelling
What should I do if a tooth has been knocked out?
Try putting the tooth back in its socket and holding it in place by biting on a moist piece of gauze or a wet tea bag. Handle it by the crown, not the root. Damaging the root may make it more difficult to reattach it.
Rinse off the tooth to remove any bacteria and place it in a container with milk or your saliva if you can't get the tooth to stay in place. Then see Dr. Bajwa as soon as possible.
If a tooth is knocked out of alignment, try to reposition it. Apply pressure lightly. Bite down to hold it in place.
What happens if the tooth is fractured?
A minor fracture can be left alone, though it some cases it can be saved with a composite restoration. The pulp (nerves and other tissue) may be damaged if the fracture is severe. In many cases, a crown can remedy the problem. An implant may be needed if the damage is extensive.
What should I do if the inside of my mouth is injured?
These injuries include tears or sores on your tongue, cheeks, or lips. They can all be very painful. The best thing to do is to rinse your mouth out with warm water. If your tongue is bleeding, try to stop the bleeding by pushing your tongue forward. Holding a piece a gauze over the injury also may help. Then get to Dr. Bajwa’s office as fast as you can.
But most of all, if you’ve experienced any type of dental emergency, get to AB Reston Family Dental today.