Find Fast Emergency Dentistry in Charlottesville and Crozet
Dental emergencies never happen at a good time. Maybe you’re experiencing searing sensitivity in the back of the mouth while trying to stay busy at work, or maybe your daughter trips down the stairs and cracks a tooth right before school. Whatever your family’s circumstances are, you need help now in these situations.
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At Charlottesville Blue Ridge Dental and Crozet Blue Ridge Dental, our staff always has built-in coverage for emergency situations. Dr. Minutella, Dr. Feehan, and Dr. Schoeb are experts at relieving pain fast, and you can trust them to help you get back to your regular routine in record time. We’ll do everything in our power to see you on the same day as your initial call, so don’t hesitate to contact either of our locations.
Of course, you may be unable to reach our offices right away. In this case, here are some helpful tips for how to proceed when facing common dental emergencies:
I’ve Broken My Tooth
If any large pieces of the tooth have come loose, keep them close by and bring them with you to your emergency appointment. Facial swelling is likely to occur, but you can minimize it by holding a cold compress against the appropriate cheek.
I’ve Knocked Out My Tooth
Do you still have the tooth? If you do, time is truly going to be the biggest factor in whether or not it can be successfully restored in your smile. Contact us as soon as possible, and then try to place and hold the tooth back in its original socket. If the tooth is visibly dirty, other great options are tooth preservation solutions such as Save-A-Tooth or saline. If you don’t have any of these options handy, place it in a container of milk. Water is not a good option. The goal is to keep your tooth as moist as possible (in as natural of a solution as possible) until you reach one of our offices.
I Have a Really Bad Toothache
Sometimes, oral pain happens because the patient has a large piece of food or other foreign debris lodged against the gum tissue. To rule out this possibility, try flossing and rinsing your mouth. Not any better? It’s time to call us. In order to manage the pain, it’s fine to take over-the-counter pain killers. However, don’t place aspirin directly on the gums, as it could burn.
Frequently Asked Questions
When you’re in the middle of a dental emergency, a million different questions can run through your mind all at once. Well, we can help answer some of those questions for you right here right now. We hope that these will enable you to prevent, or at least minimize damage from, a dental emergency.
What can cause a dental emergency?
There’s an unlimited number of scenarios that can end with a dental emergency, but the following are some general examples:
- An injury or fall that puts a lot of force onto your mouth.
- Decay that has reached the inner layers of your tooth.
- Wear and tear on tooth enamel, making it weak and vulnerable.
- Using your teeth to open packaging or pry open bottles.
How can I prevent a dental emergency?
Although not all dental emergencies can be avoided, many can. Here are some things you can do to ensure your smile’s safety and health:
- Brush twice and floss once daily.
- Visit one of our offices for dental checkups and cleanings every six months.
- Wear a sports mouthguard when you participate in risky activities, such as contact sports or riding a bike.
- Do not use your teeth as tools. Find scissors, pliers, or whatever tool you need to get the task done safely.
- Avoid chewing on hard things like ice and pencils.
- Refrain from biting your nails.
- Talk to us about potentially getting a nightguard if you grind or clench your teeth during sleep.
By taking these precautions, you can eliminate situations where your teeth become vulnerable to decay or damage.
What should I do if I have an object stuck between my teeth?
Your teeth have little gaps between them, and sometimes bits of food or even little pieces of hard things you chew can get stuck. If big enough and left there, these things can result in the formation of harmful plaque, cause soreness, or even lead to your teeth shifting. If you feel that something is stuck between your teeth, try to use floss to gently loosen it. If flossing doesn’t work, contact our office. Do not use try to use sharp objects or tools to poke or pry the stuck object out. You could damage your gums and tooth enamel.
How can Blue Ridge Dental help fix my dental emergency?
Our experienced team knows how to address every dental emergency efficiently and effectively, all while treating you with compassion and a gentle touch. We can relieve your pain and have you back to full oral health in no time. With three dentists and two convenient locations, we’ve got you covered!
More specifically, we can reposition a knocked-out tooth correctly and place a splint that will support it as the tissues heal. For toothaches, we may need to perform a root canal to remove all the decay in your tooth. If your tooth is broken, we can try to reassemble it and filling in cracks with tooth-colored composite resin to protect it from bacteria.
No matter what your dental emergency is, you can rely on our team at Blue Ridge Dental to get you through it. Contact us for an appointment today!