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By American Dental Associates
February 17, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Emergency  

Nobody can predict a dental emergency. That’s what makes them so inconvenient. The good news is that American Dental in Bristow, VA, is always available to assist you, so there’s no reason you should minimize an emergency. Just call to see Dr. Steve Pleickhardt and Dr. Eric Capps.

Among the most common emergencies we see are lost fillings, lost crowns, and broken dentures. Lost fillings and lost crowns are very similar. A key difference, however, is that fillings are used to repair cavities but crowns are used to cover broken or damaged teeth.

Over time, it’s not uncommon for fillings and crowns to grow loose and fall out. If you lose a crown or a filling, hot or cold temperatures will likely begin to trigger pain because of the exposed tissue. The discomfort might seem manageable, but it’s better to get these situations fixed as soon as possible so you can avoid getting food stuck or developing an infection.

Unlike a busted filling or crown, a broken denture is more likely to make itself known constantly, every day. It can make chewing, swallowing, and eating properly difficult. Depending on the damage, you may require a new denture altogether.

If you’re experiencing any problems with your dentures, or suspect that they might be broken, it’s best to contact American Dental in Bristow, VA, immediately to avoid further damage. Dr. Steve Pleickhardt and Dr. Eric Capps are always here to help, especially when your dental health is at risk.

These things happen, so don’t feel embarrassed, and please don’t hesitate to give us a call as soon as you notice or suspect something’s wrong! Get in touch with us … the sooner the better. Call (703) 753-6695.

By American Dental Associates
December 29, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Emergency  

How your emergency dentist in Bristow, Virginia can help when you have a dental emergency.
 

If you or a family member has a dental emergency, it can be a stressful experience for everyone involved. You can prevent some of the stress by being prepared for it when it happens.

Dr. Steve Pleickhardt of American Dental in Bristow, Virginia is an emergency dentist who knows what to do when you have a dental emergency.
 

There are all kinds of things that can lead to a dental emergency including a sports injury, vehicle accident, or even just untreated tooth decay.
 

If you want to be prepared, you should gather together a dental first aid kit for your home or car. The dental first aid kit should contain:

  • Tylenol tablets or other pain medication
  • Sterile saline solution for rinsing
  • Sterile gauze patches or tissue
  • A small container with a lid
  • Dr. Pleickhardt’s office address, phone number, and after-hours contact numbers

If you or a family member suffers a dental emergency, remember to:

  • Gently clean the area free of blood and debris
  • Press a piece of gauze or tissue to the area to stop the bleeding
  • If you have chipped or broken a tooth, you also need to rinse your mouth out
  • Apply an ice pack on the area to reduce swelling
  • If you have knocked a tooth out of position, gently try to place the tooth in the proper position

If you have knocked a tooth out completely, rinse the tooth off, being careful to only handle the tooth by the crown and not the roots. This is to avoid contaminating the roots with bacteria.
 

Place the tooth in the container with saline solution to keep it moist. If you don’t have a container, the tooth can also be placed between the cheek and gum.
 

Being prepared for a dental emergency can help you or a family member do well in a stressful situation. To find out more about dental emergencies and dental emergency treatment, call Dr. Steve Pleickhardt of American Dental in Bristow, Virginia at (703) 753-6695. Call today.



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