Emergency Dentistry

My Woodbridge Dental

Family Dentist located in Woodbridge, VA

By offering emergency dentistry at My Woodbridge Dental, Kevin J. Salinas, DDS, saves you a trip to the emergency room while protecting your smile. If you have an oral emergency, don’t hesitate to contact the Woodbridge, Virginia, office right away. Getting quick emergency dentistry care can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth. For more information about emergency dentistry, call the office or book an appointment online.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What is emergency dentistry?

Emergency dentistry is dental care that’s designed to step in when fast action is critical. Whether you’re dealing with a fractured tooth or your tooth has been knocked out completely, quick care can save the tooth. 

When would I need emergency dentistry?

People most often seek emergency dentistry after a sudden accident or injury has damaged a tooth or teeth. Dr. Salinas can serve you with emergency dentistry services if your tooth is damaged by:

  • A sports injury
  • A car accident
  • Biting something that’s too hard
  • A slip-and-fall accident

These are just a few examples. If your tooth is only mildly chipped, you probably don’t need emergency dentistry and can wait until normal office hours to get care for it. But if a portion of your tooth broke off, the tooth has a large crack, or your tooth was knocked out completely, seeking emergency care right away can save your tooth. 

What do I do if my tooth got knocked out?

If your tooth gets knocked out of your mouth, it’s important to handle your tooth as little as possible, avoiding touching the tooth’s root. Rinse your tooth gently with water, then attempt to place it back in the socket. You can surround the area with gauze to apply steady pressure on the tooth as you head to My Woodbridge Dental for care. Be mindful while you’re in transit so you don’t accidentally swallow the tooth.

If you can’t place the tooth back in its socket, put it in a container and cover it with either your own saliva or milk. Apply a wet compress to your socket to limit bleeding. 

Acting quickly can mean the difference between losing the tooth and saving it. Head to My Woodbridge Dental with your tooth as soon as possible. Dr. Salinas uses his emergency dentistry expertise to attempt to replace the tooth in the socket, encouraging your gum tissue to reassimilate the tooth. He provides you with detailed care instructions to give your tooth the best chance at reattaching in your mouth. 

Don’t wait until you have a dental emergency to get informed about emergency dental care. Call My Woodbridge Dental or book an appointment online to learn more about the services Dr. Salinas offers when you need them most.