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Emergency Treatment

If you are having a dental emergency, please call our office and we will do our best to shift our schedule to get you out of pain STAT. During your visit, we will complete a 15-30 minute clinical examination and take an X-ray of the affected area to properly evaluate your issue. We will then be able to provide you with a clear plan of what needs to be done to have you feeling comfortable again.

What is a dental emergency?

Dental Abscess

A dental abscess is a dental emergency and needs to be treated immediately as dental swelling may spread and become dangerous if not treated properly.

Dental Trauma

Dental trauma involving a lost tooth is a dental emergency! If your permanent tooth falls out of your mouth due to injury, hold the tooth by the chewing surface and gently dip it in a bowl of warm water. Do not hold the tooth under running water, which damages the root. Do not wash with soap or clear debris with a cloth or your finger. Do not dry or wrap the tooth with a cloth. If your gums are bleeding, rinse your mouth with warm water. If the root is still intact, try to replace it in the socket, holding it by the crown, in the appropriate orientation as soon as possible. If you can replace the tooth within 30 minutes, research shows a much higher percentage of keeping your original tooth! If you are not able to do this, you can also store the tooth in saliva (like in your cheek), or milk. You should not wait over two hours to be seen by a dental professional so call us as soon as possible.

Bleeding Gums

If your gums begin to bleed spontaneously despite the fact that you have routine cleanings and checkups, this is an emergency. Please visit your medical doctor as soon as possible to assess your health status, and advise our team. Bleeding gums may be a symptom of more serious health conditions.

Soft Tissue Injury

Injuries such as lacerations, punctures, and tears need to be assessed right away to prevent infection and further complications. Some cases may be treated in our office, while others may require an emergency room visit. If your lips, gums, inside of the cheeks, or tongue have been injured, please notify us right away so that we may help direct your next steps.

We also treat many other types of urgent dental conditions, including:

  • Toothaches
  • Chipped or fractured teeth
  • Loose or broken fillings
  • Dislodged or lost dental crowns
  • Broken, ill-fitting, or lost dentures
  • Problematic wisdom teeth
  • Acute Periodontal Problems
  • Loose or broken down teeth
  • Bacterial, viral, or fungal Infections affecting the tongue, cheeks, gums, lips, or other soft tissues of the mouth
  • Oral pain or swelling of unknown origin
  • Suspicious bumps, spots, and lesions

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to go to the emergency room or hospital?

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Our doctors treat a broad range of dental emergencies. However, certain conditions pose significant threats to one's health. These situations require immediate, emergency room care. Serious and potentially life-threatening dental emergencies include significant oral and facial trauma such as jaw fractures, deep wounds or lacerations to the face and mouth, an abscess or infection that causes widespread facial or submandibular swelling, or affects breathing and swallowing.

How long do I have to wait for an emergency dental appointment?

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If you are suffering from a toothache or have sustained a dental injury, it is important to visit the dentist as soon as possible before more serious complications arise. Whether your dental emergency is painful, if it affects the appearance of your smile, or if you suspect that an infection is present, our office will make every effort to see you as promptly as possible for care.

Office Hours

Monday
7:45 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
7:45 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
7:45 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
7:45 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
7:45 AM - 4:30 PM

Contact Us

5530 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 1535
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

(240) 465-9066

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