Emergency Dentistry – Richmond, VA
When You’re in Pain,
We’ll Be There
When you break a bone or become very ill, you see a doctor. But, what do you do when you experience dental pain? Although your first instinct may tell you to go to the emergency room, they are not equipped or trained to handle urgent dental issues. At most, they’ll give you pain medication and antibiotics. Instead, turn to our highly-trained professionals who can treat the cause of the problem. Give us a call if you have need urgent dental treatment, and we’ll take care of you like family with emergency dentistry in Richmond, VA.
Why Choose Brown, Reynolds, Snow, LeNoir Dentistry for Emergency Dentistry?
- Same-Day Appointments Available
- Two Convenient Locations in Richmond
- Patients of All Ages Welcome
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Most of the time, your first move when dealing with a dental emergency should be reaching out to one of our Richmond dental offices. We will not only set you up with an appointment as soon as possible, but we can also give you guidance specific to your situation. That way, you can take the right actions that will lead to the best possible outcome. Below are just some of the possible emergency scenarios you might experience and how to respond.
If you have food caught between your teeth, it can cause discomfort, so first try to floss around the hurting tooth. After a while, should the pain persist, contact us and take ibuprofen. You can also apply a cold compress to reduce swelling.
Chipped/ Broken Teeth
Collect any pieces of the tooth you can find and bring them with you to your appointment with us. For sharp edges on the tooth, apply dental wax, which can be found at most convenience stores with dental supplies. Please keep in mind that you may need a root canal or even extraction depending on the severity of the damage.
When a tooth comes out completely, time is precious. Try to come to our dental office as soon as possible, preferably within one hour. When you touch and pick up the tooth, handle it only by the crown or the part that you use for chewing. Do not touch the root! To keep the tooth alive until you arrive at our dental office, you can store it in your mouth, warm water, or milk.
Lost Filling/ Crown
If you can find your restoration, rinse it off before repositioning it onto the tooth. For a temporary repair, you can use commercial dental cement or sugar-free gum, but you should avoid chewing with that area of your mouth. Remember that this is just a quick fix, and you’ll need to come into our dental office soon to have a more permanent restoration put in place.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Some dental emergencies are outside of your control; however, most can be avoided through simple, smart choices. These include the following:
- Brushing and flossing your teeth every day.
- Visiting one of our Richmond dental offices for a checkup and cleaning regularly.
- Wearing a mouthguard when you play sports, especially those involving contact.
- Using scissors or other appropriate tools to open packaging instead of your teeth.
- Avoiding chewing on popcorn kernels, ice, pencils, and other hard objects.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
With some medical conditions like a cold, you can often “wait it out,” meaning that eventually, the problem will go away. This tactic doesn’t work with dental issues at all. In fact, the longer you wait to seek professional help, the more damage (and pain) will develop, which will only increase the cost of treatment. The most cost-effective approach to take for a dental emergency is to come see us right away.