Emergency Dentist – Stephens City, VA
In Pain? Need Help? Call Us!
As dental professionals, let us tell you that no one expects a dental emergency to happen to them, but they pop up more than you might imagine! When they do, things can get very stressful very quickly, especially when pain is involved. Fortunately for families in Stephens City, they don’t have to wait for hours in an ER with a hurting tooth, they can simply give Thomas A. Gromling, DDS a call. We’re happy to see emergency patients right away so people can get the relief they need without delay.
Why Choose Thomas A. Gromling, DDS for Emergency Dentistry?
- Same-day appointments available for emergency patients
- Dentist with nearly 40 years of experience
- Long-serving team has seen it all
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Whether your dental emergency is due to a lack of oral hygiene or an unexpected accident, the first thing you should always do is seek out professional help, so be sure to give us a call. You likely won’t be able to fix an emergency on your own, and it will only get worse if you wait. However, there are still a few things you can do to take control of the situation before you’re able to make it to our dental office:
Rinse and floss around the tooth to remove anything that might be stuck and causing the pain. If this doesn’t help, a cold compress on the face or OTC medicine can help manage any pain.
Try to recover as much of the tooth as you can and put it in a safe container. If the remaining tooth has a jagged edge that is causing irritation, placing a bit of dental wax or even a wet cotton ball over it can help provide temporary relief.
Find the tooth, pick it up while only touching the crown, gently rinse it, but DO NOT dry it off. Try to place it back into its socket if possible. If not, put it in a container of milk or saltwater—the tooth must stay wet to keep it viable for reattachment!
A lost filling or crown is relatively common and no reason to panic, but you should still seek out care right away. Find the restoration and attempt to put it back into the victim’s mouth after a quick rinse. A small dab of toothpaste can help serve as a temporary adhesive.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
- Wear a protective mouthguard every time you play sports whether it involves physical contact or not.
- Don’t bite on hard items like ice, fingernails, pens, pencils, etc…
- Don’t use your teeth as tools to open packages or remove tags.
- Brush and floss consistently to keep your teeth strong and resistant to decay/damage.
- Come see us regularly for checkups and cleanings so we can treat a small problem before it can turn into an emergency later!
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Treatments for dental emergencies can vary quite a bit depending on the situation, and this is reflected in the cost as well. Needing to remove and replace a tooth will be more expensive than simply getting a filling, for example. All options are more costly than avoiding an emergency altogether, of course, which is why our team emphasizes prevention. However, if you do ever require immediate care, we’ll quickly go over your options so you’ll have a concrete idea of what you’ll be expected to pay.