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Emergency Dentistry – Vienna, VA

Urgent, Expert Care for Smiles in Need

Life can change quickly and throw unexpected dental situations at you. If you’re in pain or have a strong impact on the face, you could require immediate help to get your smile back to normal. We recommend saving the number for Vienna Smiles in your phone so that you’ll be ready to act when or if something happens to you or your family members. We always try to see emergency patients on the same day as their phone call, and you can rely on us to provide the relief and treatment you need with emergency dentistry in Vienna, VA.

Why Choose Vienna Smiles for Emergency Dentistry?

  • All Ages Welcome
  • Several Sedation Methods Offered
  • Caring, Skilled Team of Dental Professionals

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

Woman in pain holding cheek

Unless you’ve broken your jaw bone or your oral bleeding hasn’t stopped after 10 minutes, you probably don’t need to visit the emergency room. In most scenarios, calling our Vienna dental office should be your first response. We can get you on our schedule as soon as possible and provide specific advice for dealing with your situation. However, here are some quick tips for the most common types.


Grimacing woman holding cheek

Tooth pain often results from decay that has gone beyond the enamel and dentin into the pulp, where the tooth’s nerves are housed. To make sure your toothache isn’t caused by stuck food, floss around the tooth. Take ibuprofen as directed, but do not place aspirin directly to your tooth. It can damage the gum tissue. If your face is swollen, you can use a cold compress to manage your discomfort and control the swelling.

Chipped/Broken Teeth

Closeup of chipped front tooth

If an injury leaves your tooth chipped or broken, try to collect all the pieces and remember to bring them with you to your appointment. For sharp edges, you can apply dental wax to protect your lips, tongue, and cheeks from cuts. If necessary, place a cold compress to your face to reduce swelling. Although we will make every possible effort to salvage your natural tooth, if the damage is too extensive, we may have to consider extracting the tooth entirely.

Knocked-Out Tooth

Man in pain holding jaw

For a tooth that comes out completely, it is important to avoid touching the root or any tissue that is still attached to the tooth. You can hold it by the crown. Rinse your mouth and the tooth before trying to reinsert the tooth into the socket. If that isn’t possible, you need to keep the tooth moist by storing it in milk or saltwater. You can also put it between your gums and cheek. For the highest chances of successful re-implantation, come to our dental office within an hour.

Lost Filling / Crown

Woman holding jaw

Assuming you can find your lost filling or crown, rinse it off, and then try to reposition it on your tooth. To help it stick better, you can use a dab of toothpaste, dental wax, or sugarless gum. As long as you don’t chew with that tooth, it should be easier to keep the restoration in place. However, you need to keep in mind that this is only a temporary solution. You’ll still need to come to our dental office to have the restoration more firmly reattached or replaced.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

Woman receiving dental checkup

Although dental emergencies are often unexpected, many are actually avoidable. By taking care of your teeth and doing the following, you can steer clear of most dental emergencies:

  • Brushing and flossing on a daily basis.
  • Having two checkup and cleaning visits to Vienna Smiles every year.
  • Wearing a sports mouthguard, especially when playing contact sports.
  • Wearing nightguard if you grind or clench your teeth.
  • Avoiding chewing on hard objects like pens, ice, popcorn kernels, etc.
  • Using scissors instead of your teeth to open packaging.

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

Man in dental chair holding cheek

Just as each dental emergency situation is unique, the treatment will vary case by case. One patient may need to have a root canal, while another needs to have a more minor procedure. Please remember that it is never a good idea to put off the treatment that you need. Oral issues become significantly worse, and therefore more expensive, with time. Regardless of your smile’s condition, you can count on our team to be gentle and make you feel comfortable. We’ll also work with you to make the treatment more affordable.

Emergency Dentistry FAQs

Although you never think it will happen to you, it’s important to be prepared for unexpected dental issues, like a toothache or fracture. If you’re like many people, you have several questions about what you should do during this difficult time. We’ll take the time to address your concerns during your appointment to help you feel at ease. In the meantime, your emergency dentist in Vienna has the answers to a few of the most common questions to save your smile.

Can I wait until my next appointment?

No one has time for an unplanned dental visit. As tempting as it might be to wait to have the issue treated, as with any emergency, time is of the utmost importance. If you wait too long to see your dentist, it could cost you your tooth. Instead, it’s best to contact our dental office right away and provide the appropriate first aid at home. We’ll get you into our dental office quickly to restore a healthy smile, so you can get back to enjoying your day.

Should I go to the hospital’s emergency room?

Emergency departments in hospitals aren’t equipped to diagnose or treat dental issues. The most they can do is provide pain relief or antibiotics. They cannot get to the root cause of the problem. As a result, it’s best to head to your dentist in Vienna; however, if you suspect your jaw is broken, you have uncontrollable bleeding, or you have injuries from an accident, go to the emergency room first.

How much will it cost?

There’s no specific amount you can expect to pay for your emergency visit because the cost is determined by your individual treatment plan. We provide you with a custom estimate and discuss your payment options, like using your dental insurance. We’ll work on your behalf with your insurance carrier to reduce the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket. We also accept several forms of payment, including CareCredit. We’ll help you find the solutions you need to stop your pain and save your smile.

Should I have the tooth extracted?

Having a problematic tooth removed may seem like the easy answer, but it will lead to more complications down the road. You’ll need to have the tooth replaced with a prosthetic or it can lead to the loss of more teeth in the future. It will also impact your self-esteem. Instead, it’s always best to have your tooth treated. If there aren’t any other choice but to remove your tooth, we’ll discuss your replacement options.

Can I prevent dental emergencies?

You cannot fully prevent dental emergencies, but there are several things you can do to reduce your risk of one, including:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day and floss every night.
  • Visit your dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.
  • Wear an athletic mouthguard if you play sports.
  • Don’t use your teeth as tools.
  • Don’t chew on inedible objects.
  • Don’t chew overly hard foods.

If you have any questions or concerns while you wait for your appointment, don’t hesitate to contact our dental office.