Dental Emergencies

Elevated Dentistry of Charlottesville

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Charlottesville, VA

Dental emergencies require immediate treatment in order to preserve the aesthetic appearance and health of your smile. At Elevated Dentistry of Charlottesville, Nicholas Bottorff, DDS, specializes in the treatment of dental emergencies. Using safe and effective methods, he can limit pain, prevent further damage, and help you feel better. To schedule an appointment at the Charlottesville, Virginia, practice, call the office, book online, or walk-in during normal business hours.

Dental Emergencies Q&A

What are dental emergencies?

Dental emergencies are oral health problems that require prompt treatment. If you knock out a permanent tooth or experience a severe toothache, it’s important to visit Elevated Dentistry of Charlottesville as soon as possible. Acting quickly could mean the difference between saving your tooth or needing to undergo extractions or another type of oral surgery.

What are some common dental emergencies?

Elevated Dentistry of Charlottesville treats various dental emergencies, including:

  • Toothaches
  • Damaged restorations (e.g., bridges, crowns, dental implants)
  • Oral abscesses
  • Bleeding that won’t stop
  • Cuts to the lips, gums, or tongue
  • Knocked-out teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Broken, cracked, or damaged teeth

You should also seek emergency treatment if you get an object like a toothpick or piece of dental floss lodged between your teeth.

What actions should I take if I lose a restoration or tooth?

If you lose a restoration or permanent tooth, take a few deep breaths and move quickly.

If you chipped or cracked a crown or bridge, pick up the pieces, put them inside a plastic bag, and contact Elevated Dentistry of Charlottesville right away.

If you knock out a permanent tooth, gently pick it up by the crown and carefully rinse it off in cool tap water. Try to put the tooth back in its socket, but if it wobbles around, place it in a glass of milk or tuck it inside your cheek. 

After securing your tooth, call Elevated Dentistry of Charlottesville. The administrative staff can make recommendations to limit pain and bleeding on your way to the office.

Is it possible to avert dental emergencies?

Dental emergencies tend to occur suddenly when you least expect it. Though there’s no way to avert them entirely, you can protect your teeth and gums by taking a few precautions. 

Elevated Dentistry of Charlottesville recommends practicing good oral hygiene. Brush and floss daily and visit the office every six months for a professional cleaning and exam. If you play contact sports like rugby, lacrosse, or field hockey, always wear a mouthguard. 

Try to avoid bad habits like opening objects with your teeth, nail-biting, or chewing on ice cubes. These activities significantly increase your risk of a chipped or fractured tooth.

To receive all-inclusive care for dental emergencies, make an appointment at Elevated Dentistry of Charlottesville. Book a consultation online, call the office, or walk-in during normal business hours.