Emergency Dental Care in Virginia Beach
No one can ever be fully prepared for a dental emergency. By their very nature, emergencies are inconvenient, coming when we least expect them. However, knowing what to do when one strikes can help you stay calm when you might otherwise panic. Below are some of the most common dental emergencies Dr. Morgan addresses at her Virginia Beach dental office.
Cracked or Broken Teeth
Carefully clean the tooth or tooth fragment with water, but don’t scrub it. If you have lost the whole tooth, try to hold it back in the socket it came from until Dr. Morgan can see you. If you can’t do that, store it in a damp cloth or a container of milk. If you have lost only part of your tooth, apply a cold compress to combat any facial swelling.
Toothaches have more than one cause. Sometimes flossing around a tooth that hurts is enough to both explain and get rid of your pain. Other times, the best solution is a filling or even a root canal. If you have a tooth that’s causing you pain, don’t put off a diagnosis. Seek care as soon as possible.
Missing or Loose Crowns/Bridges
When a crown becomes loose or falls out, a temporary solution is to use a bit of toothpaste or over-the-counter denture adhesive can help you secure it. But this is only a temporary fix. Call Dr. Morgan’s Virginia Beach dental office to see how we can help.
For patients with braces, some of the most common emergencies are related to wire or bracket issue. Dr. Morgan is happy to provide help in the case of a braces emergency like one of these. Call her Virginia Beach office if your braces have broken or are causing you pain.
Other emergencies should be handled by a trained emergency room staff instead of a dentist. Patients who have a cut lip or tongue that won’t stop bleeding should drive to their nearest emergency room, as should patients who may have a broken jaw. If you are experiencing an emergency not mentioned on this page, call Dr. Morgan’s office for advice on what your next step should be.