If you slip and fall and knock out a tooth or you chip a tooth while playing sports, it’s important to seek the help of an emergency dentist as soon as possible. The quicker you receive treatment, the easier it is to prevent further damage or an infection. The team at PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Sterling, Virginia, specializes in emergency dentistry and offers same-day appointments. If you or a loved one needs dental care fast, call the office to schedule an appointment with Kourosh Kianpour, DDS, or Mojgan Partovi, DDS, or walk-in during regular business hours.
An emergency dentist is an oral health care professional who specializes in the treatment of cracked and chipped teeth, knocked out teeth, intraoral lacerations, abscesses, and toothaches.
Emergency dentistry provides quick, effective treatment to limit the pain and prevent infection. Whenever possible, emergency dentistry also works to preserve your natural, permanent teeth.
At PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, the team has extensive experience performing tooth extractions, repairing broken teeth, and treating oral abscesses. They also work with patients to treat impacted wisdom teeth and offer restorative procedures to strengthen cracked, decaying, or weak teeth.
If you or a loved one experiences a dental emergency, it’s vital to act as quickly as possible. Making it to the PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offices within an hour of your accident could mean the difference between saving or losing a tooth.
For example, if you chip or knock out a tooth, carefully pick up the tooth and rinse it off with cool tap water to clear away any dirt, debris, or bacteria. Then, place the tooth in a glass of milk or tuck it in your cheek, and call the office right away. The team always makes room for same-day appointments, so they’ll make sure to get you in. If you have a swollen or bleeding lip or gum, they might also recommend placing gauze on the affected area or using an ice pack to limit swelling until you arrive.
Although there’s no way to prevent the need for an emergency dentist entirely, you can take steps to lower your risk of problems. For example, if you play contact sports or enjoy riding your bike or skateboard, you should wear a mouthguard. In the same vein, if you grind your teeth or clench your jaws during sleep, you may want to consider wearing a nightguard.
To prevent toothaches and oral abscesses, the team recommends practicing good oral hygiene. Brush and floss every day and visit the dentist for professional cleaning once every six months.
If you’re the victim of a dental emergency, call the office at PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry right away or simply walk-in during normal business hours.