June 8, 2017
Welcome to the blog of J. Wesley Anderson, Jr., DDS. We the one dentist’s office you would want to help you work through your dental emergency in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Here’s the thing: dental emergencies happen when they are least expected. They can be painful and traumatic, but the good news is that dental emergencies are seldom life-threatening. The bad news is that they can be life-altering and not in a good way. If they are not handled quickly and correctly, you could incur permanent dental damage. Fortunately for you, our team is equipped to provide prompt emergency services that your entire family can depend on when you need it the most. Accordingly, in today’s post we wanted to go over some dental emergency basics so that you will know what to do if anything similar ever happens to you. Keep reading to hear some frequently asked questions and then be sure to follow up with our team to schedule your next dental appointment.
I Am Experiencing Dental Pain. Is This An Emergency?
To our minds this is always a dental emergency. Odds are good that your pain won’t just go away on its own. And our team will be able to quickly identify the problem and get you some relief. So, don’t ever wait to see how it ends, because it could result in a mess that is more costly and painful to clean up!
How Do I Handle A Chipped Tooth?
There are so many things that can cause you to a chip or even break a tooth. This really is an emergency because you can expose the dentin and dental pulp, putting yourself at risk for a root canal or worse. Call us right away for some professional help, if this ever happens. And be careful at those summer picnics. Don’t ever use your teeth as tools or bottle openers!
What If I Bite Myself?
Yikes! If you accidentally bite your tongue, lips, or any other part of your mouth, you will feel the pain right away. Start by cleaning the area that you cut and securing some sort of ice pack or cold compress. In most cases, the bleeding will stop pretty soon. If not, get in touch!
If A Tooth Is Loose Or Knocked Out, What Should I Do?
This can happen at school, work, home, in beach traffic, during your child’s ball game, basically anywhere. Regardless of when or where it happens, getting a tooth knocked out will be a painful, scary, and emotionally charged occurrence.
Just remember that your reaction time is crucial when attempting to save a dislodged tooth. If you are able to locate the tooth, pick it up by the crown rather than the root, lightly rinse it off and place the tooth in milk. Then, you really need to get it to us as quickly as you can.
The goal is always to save your natural tooth. If we can not save your tooth, we will move forward with dental implants or other treatment solutions that best fit your needs.
For Emergencies, Call Dr. Anderson
In case of a life-threatening emergency, like a blow to the head, call 911 or make your way to your nearest hospital emergency room. Otherwise, come see the team at J. Wesley Anderson, Jr., DDS during dental emergencies. You can trust that Dr. Anderson has guided a lot of patients through a similar moments of crisis. Our Virginia Beach dentist’s office is conveniently located in the Thoroughgood Commons shopping center which means that we have plenty of parking, so you won’t find yourself circling the block with a toothache or worse.
Call us at (757) 273-8809 and we’ll do everything we can to get you in for a same-day dental appointment!