Emergency Dental Care

Same-day Leesburg emergency dental appointments are available with our team. Don’t put off your dental emergency, call us today.

Same-day Leesburg emergency dental appointments are available with our team. Don’t put off your dental emergency, call us today.

Knowing what to do in a dental emergency can save your tooth. We’re ready for your emergency at Leesburg Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. The most common dental emergency is a loosened or knocked out tooth. Depending on the nature of the injury, you may have a medical emergency that requires treatment by a doctor first. But a tooth can come out or get loosened by a low-impact bump or fall, or even by biting into something hard. When this happens, the tooth can often be saved, but you must act fast.

We reserve time daily for emergencies in our Leesburg emergency dental office, even on Saturdays and Sundays.

If you lose a tooth or have a loose tooth, call us for an appointment immediately. If your tooth is out, try to put it back in its socket and hold it there while you are on your way to our office. If you can’t do this or it is too painful, put the tooth in a container of milk. The key is to keep the tooth moist. If milk is not available, you can use water. The more quickly you get to the office, the more likely it is that Dr. Whitman can reattach your tooth. If you crack or chip a tooth, the tooth can be restored with a dental crown. Sometimes, a cracked or chipped tooth is not an emergency, but it can be.

“Dr. Whitman was there for us when my son knocked his tooth out in a baseball accident on a Sunday afternoon. I can’t thank her enough for her compassion and quick action when treating my son!”

— Kevin, Oatlands, VA

After Kevin’s 6-year-old son knocked out one of his front teeth during a baseball game, Kevin was distraught. Although his son’s primary bottom central incisors had been lost and the permanent teeth were growing in, his top baby teeth hadn’t yet come out.

“I quickly found out that Dr. Whitman’s practice was open and we headed there while I called the office. They were quick to answer and to accommodate us upon our arrival, and helped both my son and I feel at ease.”

Dr. Whitman was able to determine that Kevin’s son’s permanent tooth was just about to begin pushing its way in, and so replacing the baby tooth wouldn’t be necessary. After cleaning up his mouth and checking for any other trauma, Kevin and his son were able to return home.

“It was lucky that we were able to been seen so quickly, which saved us a trip to the emergency room. We really appreciate Dr. Whitman’s care and her practice!”

For tooth or smile damage related to dental emergencies, Dr. Whitman can address the immediate issue and repair your smile to have it looking healthy and radiant again. Here’s a before/after example from an actual dental emergency patient.

If you chip a tooth and are feeling pain, or if the tooth is left sharp or jagged and could cause injury to your mouth, you should call right away for an appointment. But a chipped tooth that is not painful can be repaired at a later time. A toothache is often a sign of a problem and usually calls for a dental appointment, but if it is not severe or associated with something stuck between your teeth, it is not an emergency. But if you get something caught between your teeth that causes pain, or if you suddenly experience sharp or intense tooth or mouth pain, you should call us right away.

You should also consider signs of an abscessed tooth to be an emergency.

An abscessed tooth is caused by bacterial infection that can spread to other parts of your body if it is not treated. Signs of an abscessed tooth include throbbing pain in your teeth or gums that may radiate to your neck or ear, and may get worse when you lie down; facial swelling or redness, fever; and swollen lymph nodes in your neck.

Emergency Dental Care FAQs

Frequently asked questions about dental emergencies:

How long do I have to get to the office in order for a lost tooth to be reattached?

Though the answer to this question can vary, generally it is about 30 minutes.

Lately I have noticed small lines in my teeth, but I haven’t had an accident. Are these cracks?

Small, thin lines that appear in the teeth are usually craze lines. These are not harmful and are considered a cosmetic problem.

If my chipped tooth is not an emergency, can I still get a fast appointment so I can have it repaired as soon as possible?

Of course! Call us and we set up an appointment to repair your tooth as soon as possible.

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