Emergency Dentistry

Emergency Dentistry

It can be a scary experience to have a dental emergency. Whether you have easy access to a dentist’s office or not, emergencies like loose dental appliances, broken teeth, and avulsed (knocked out) teeth often make patients nervous. WestLake Dental Care is here to help when you face any kind of dental emergency. In most cases, it is best if you are able to visit our office in Sterling as soon as possible. Just give us a call, and we’ll try to fit in an appointment for you on that day. If it happens to be outside of our office hours, call us anyway. You may be referred to a trusted colleague who is qualified to restore your oral health.

What emergencies can be treated?

At WestLake Dental Care, we are equipped to treat a variety of dental emergencies, including:

  • Broken teeth
  • Broken crowns/bridges
  • Toothaches
  • Extraction
  • Loose filling

We may refer you to a specialist if we are not able to address your problem at our office.

How to preserve oral health in an emergency

When you have a dental emergency, whether you have managed to make an appointment with us or not, there are steps you can take to aid your tooth and/or gums in healing. In many cases, dental cement can be very helpful in relieving any pain and discomfort as well as in preserving the tooth and preventing further damage. If you have a broken or fractured tooth but are not experiencing any accompanying pain, there is less of a need to make an appointment with us immediately; you can wait until it is more convenient for you, if you wish.

Teeth that have been knocked out require the most attention. Try to retrieve the tooth if you can and rinse it off with water. Hold the tooth only by the crown and not the roots, and do not use soap you simply want to remove as much debris as possible. Try to put it back into its socket and hold it in place using a piece of gauze. If this is not possible, keep it in a container of milk or saliva and bring it into our office in Sterling where our dentist will attempt to put it back into place.

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