Same-Day Emergency Dental Care in Falls Church
If You Have a Dental Emergency? Please Call (703) 534-9160
As medical issues and accidents can occur at any time of the day, the same is true for injuries and illnesses of the teeth, gums, and jaw. The good news is that we are here to help you! Dr. Robert A. Morabito and his staff can assist you
with emergency dental care.
Typically, we can accommodate an emergency dental appointment for walk-ins or offer a same-day appointment. Occasionally, a next-day appointment will be necessary. Our staff takes pride in providing for and understanding our patient’s needs.
Dental Emergency Instructions
Obtaining emergency dental care is important for several reasons. There are situations where a tooth can be saved if treated early and damaging infections can be stopped. Lastly, it’s important to get the accompanying pain that often exists with an emergency
Call us as soon as possible if you are experiencing tooth pain or discomfort. This is usually a sign of a larger problem that needs urgent attention.
Damaged or lost tooth
Time is critical when you lose a tooth. It is important to call us immediately. The window of opportunity to save a tooth is a small one, usually only an hour. You can do a few things before you reach our office.
- Gently rinse the dislodged tooth in water.
- Be careful not to remove any of the attached tissue when you are rinsing the tooth.
- Gently try to place the tooth back into the socket. Do not try to force it and make sure it is pointing in the right direction.
- If that does not work, place the tooth in a small cup of milk or a salt-water solution. If that is unavailable, hold the tooth between your cheek and gums to keep it moist.
- Get to us immediately! The faster you can see us, the better chance we have in saving your tooth.
- If your tooth is still intact inside your mouth, gently push the tooth back in the proper position. Come in immediately so we can try to save your tooth.
- If your tooth is chipped or broken, gather up the pieces in a small-moistened cloth, and bring them with you to our office.
Injuries to the tongue, lips, gums, and cheeks can cause pain, swelling, and bleeding. Rinse your mouth with warm water and apply direct pressure to the area with moistened gauze or a clean towel. You can also apply a cold
compress to the outside of your cheek or mouth to help with swelling, bleeding, and pain. The injury may need professional treatment, so you’ll need to get help immediately.
Lost crown or filling
When you lose a filling there is a possibility that your tooth has been fractured. A new filling or crown will probably be needed. For a crown that comes out, many times we can get it re-cemented if there is no decay evident.
The tooth may become especially sensitive if a nerve is exposed.
Call us immediately. If you cannot come in right away, you can place the crown back on the tooth using toothpaste or with temporary dental cement available at your pharmacy. Do not use
glue on your tooth.
A good rule of thumb is, if it’s painful, it is a dental emergency.
Robert A. Morabito, DDS, and his trained staff in Falls Church can help if you our your loved one is suffering from painful dental emergency. Contact us immediately so we can properly advise what you should do until your visit.