Emergency Dentist Specialist

Herndon Healthy Smiles

Joseph Alwan, DDS

Family Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Herndon, VA

Sometimes accidents are inevitable, but knowing what to do in the moments following an accident can be the difference between saving or losing your tooth. Dr. Joseph Alwan at Herndon Healthy Smiles offers emergency dental services at his office in Herndon, Virginia. Regardless if you have dental insurance or not, if you or a loved one suffers from a dental emergency, you can call or schedule an appointment online to come in for a consultation.

Emergency Dentist Q & A

What is emergency dentistry?

Any dental problem that requires immediate treatment to save your tooth, stop ongoing tissue bleeding, or alleviate severe pain is considered a dental emergency.

What constitutes an emergency dental issue?

Sometimes it’s hard to tell if your dental problem is something that should be treated right away or something that can be taken care of during regular business hours. Issues that qualify as dental emergencies include:

  • Severe oral pain
  • Swelling or bleeding from the mouth the due to trauma
  • Cracked, broken, or knocked-out teeth
  • Shifted or loose teeth
  • Unusual knots or bulges on your gums
  • Lost filling or crown

Depending on the severity of the injury and its location, it’s possible a chipped tooth or minor fracture can wait for a call to the dentist during normal business hours.

But, if you’re not sure, there’s no harm in calling and describing your situation to Dr. Alwan to see if you require immediate medical attention to save your tooth.

How can you avoid a dental emergency?

You can’t plan for everything, but you can avoid many dental emergencies by having routine checkups with Dr. Alwan to ensure you’re maintaining your oral health. A few other things you can do to prevent an emergency include:

  • Wear a mouthguard while playing contact sports.
  • Avoid chewing hard food, hard candies, or ice.
  • Never use your teeth to cut something; use scissors instead.
  • Stay up-to-date with your dental exams to ensure any issues don’t go undetected.

How can you prepare for a dental emergency?

Dr. Alwan recommends packing a small first aid kit to keep with you in case of a dental emergency. It should contain:

  • A small container with a lid
  • Gauze and a handkerchief
  • Acetaminophen -- not aspirin or ibuprofen because they can act as a blood thinner and cause excessive bleeding during a dental emergency.
  • Dr. Alwan’s name and phone number

If you think you’re experiencing a dental emergency, call Dr. Alwan right away. Remember, prompt medical care could make all the difference for the future of your smile.