At Blossom Dentistry, we take dental emergencies seriously. If you call us during our normal business hours, we will do everything we can to see you the same day. Outside of our office hours, call us at 202-922-2900 and follow the instructions given. If you’ve experienced significant trauma to the face, bleeding is uncontrolled, or pain is unbearable, go to your nearest emergency room for immediate treatment.
Tips for Dental Emergency Home Care:
Lost Filling or Crown
If you’re able to go to a local pharmacy, the best solution for a missing filling is temporary dental cement. You should be able to find it in the oral care section; if not, ask the pharmacist for assistance. Use the cement to cover your tooth to protect it from bacteria, further damage, and sensitivity. In a pinch, you can also use a piece of sugarless gum for the same purpose. For a crown that has fallen out, you can place it back on the tooth using dental cement or a dab of toothpaste. Call our office for an emergency appointment.
A toothache can come out of nowhere and completely ruin your day. One common cause that surprises many people is having a piece of food lodged between two teeth. To check if this is the cause of your toothache, rinse with warm water and floss on either side of the painful tooth, down to the gumline, to attempt to dislodge any food particles stuck between your teeth.
If this does not help, use over-the-counter pain medication and cold compresses to treat swelling, inflammation, and pain until you are able to come into our office for an emergency visit.
If you can find the piece of your tooth that broke off, place it in a small cup of milk. Milk has a similar chemical composition as saliva, so it’s the best way to preserve a tooth until you can come in for your appointment. Often, the broken tooth can be reattached. If not, cosmetic bonding, veneers, and crowns are all options for restoration. Schedule an emergency appointment as soon as possible for best results.
Knocked Out Tooth
It’s scary to knock out a tooth, but the good news is that it can often be put back in place. Use a clean, wet washcloth or gauze as a compress to stop the bleeding. Find the tooth and pick it up by the crown––don’t touch the root. Use milk to gently rinse away any debris, then very carefully insert the tooth back into your socket if you’re confident you can do so. If not, place the tooth in a cup of milk. Either way, call our office for an emergency visit so we can replace your tooth and examine your mouth for any soft tissue damage.
Dental Emergencies In Washington, DC
If you have a dental emergency that needs immediate treatment, contact Blossom Dentistry at 202-922-2900 to schedule a same-day appointment to address your concerns.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do emergency dental appointments cost more?
The cost depends on the type of emergency you’re experiencing. Pricing varies at each dental practice, but they are typically based on the average cost for dental services in the local area.
How much does an emergency root canal cost?
Emergency root canals cost between $800 to $2000, depending on the tooth involved.
What is considered a dental emergency?
A dental emergency is an issue involving the teeth and supporting tissues that requires urgent treatment, like a knocked out tooth, a bridge or crown that has fallen off, or a severe toothache. Dental emergencies do not always involve pain, although this is a common sign that something needs to be looked at.
What does emergency dental treatment cover?
Dentists carry out emergency dental treatment to provide short term relief of acute pain, swelling, or recent facial trauma that has affected the teeth. In an emergency appointment you might be prescribed pain relief and antibiotics, or have a temporary dressing placed on a single tooth.
What helps unbearable tooth pain?
Using over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), acetaminophen (Tylenol), and aspirin can relieve minor pain from a toothache. Seeing your dentist as soon as possible when the pain is still tolerable is the key to treat the problem and preventing unbearable pain.