dental emergency FAQs

Dental Emergency Washington DC

Having a dental emergency is not quite the same as a typical health emergency. Most dentists have an emergency phone number you can use in case of a true emergency, but you won’t find your usual Washington DC dentist manning an ER on the weekends. Therefore, it is important that you are aware of a few basic dental emergency FAQs, so that you know what to do while you are getting in touch with your dentist after hours.

Knocked Out Your Tooth?

If you have knocked a tooth completely out, this requires attention right away. First, pick up the tooth by the top, or the white part – never touch the roots if you can help it. Rinse it off very carefully, just to remove any dirt from where it fell. No scrubbing needed! Then, if you can, place the tooth (roots down) back into the socket, and gently bite down to hold it in place. If this won’t work, put the tooth in a cup of milk and then get to the dentist right away.

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Your Tooth Is Loose?

If your tooth has become loose, or was pushed out of its usual alignment (as in, it is sticking out funny, but still connected to your gums), then call us for an emergency appointment. If you are comfortable with it, try pushing the tooth back into place, and then bite down gently to keep the tooth from moving.

Other Dental Emergency FAQs

Other emergencies you may experience include:

  • Cracked or chipped tooth
  • Wound on your cheek, lip, tongue, etc.
  • Issue with a crown or other restoration

If you are bleeding from the mouth, in severe pain due to the injury, have loose or knocked out teeth, or have swelling, bulges, or knots on your mouth or gums, then you should call us for an emergency appointment.

Contact Your Emergency Dentist in Washington DC

You can contact us at L’Enfant Dental Plaza by calling 202-488-8300. You can also reach our emergency dental service for Washington DC using our online form here.

Serving Downtown Washington DC, Capitol Hill, Southwest DC, Waterfront, Dupont Circle, Georgetown, Northeast DC, Pentagon City, Crystal City, Southeast DC, Arlington, Alexandria, Mclean, Montgomery County Maryland, and beyond but patients travel from all over the Northeast for our services.  Located directly off the metro we are extremely convenient.  

 

FREE Consultation and Xray for New Patients.  Call 202-488-8300