In the event of a dental emergency, call Dr. Nishan Halim‘s Washington, DC office at 202.318.4113 to discuss your concerns and schedule an appointment right away. If you are calling after hours, will return your message as soon as possible and schedule your appointment for the next day. Learn the answers to questions that many patients have about general dental care below:
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
What do I do if I feel tooth pain?
Take over-the-counter pain medication to improve your symptoms and apply a cold compress to your jaw if you are experiencing swelling. Many cases of tooth pain are caused by a tooth or gum infection, which is why it is important to schedule an appointment in our office as soon as possible.
What do I do if my tooth is knocked out?
If you can find your lost tooth, retrieve it and lightly rinse it gently. Place the tooth in a cup of saliva or milk for transport to our office. We may be able to reattach the tooth if it is preserved within one hour of loss. Dr. Halim will recommend dental implants, dental bridges, and dentures to replace the missing tooth if it cannot be reattached.
What do I do if my dental restoration breaks or falls out?
If your dental restoration breaks or falls, schedule an appointment at our office and bring the broken appliance with you. Dr. Halim will help determine the best treatment plan for replacing the appliance. He may recommend replacing the restoration altogether rather than trying to reattach it.
What do I do if an object is stuck between my teeth?
Gently floss between your teeth to see if you can remove the object. Do not use any sharp objects as this can damage your teeth and gums. If you cannot remove the object, please contact our office for care.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies can happen to anyone, even patients with a good oral health track record. However, sometimes dental emergencies can be avoided. We encourage patients to visit Dr. Halim’s office regularly for routine dental care. Our hygienists and dentists can examine your teeth and gums to identify signs of developing oral health problems. When dental problems are caught early, patients can avoid negative effects on the health, function, and appearance of their smiles. Preventative dental care not only preserves your dental health but may also reduce your risk of experiencing a dental emergency.
Some key ways of practicing preventive dental care include:
- Scheduling biannual dental visits: During preventive care visits, we can help our patients address developing oral health concerns and recommend the right treatments to fit their needs.
- Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine: A good oral hygiene routine keeps the teeth and gums healthy, reduces plaque buildup, and reduces your risk of developing gum disease, tooth decay, and other oral health problems.
- Wearing a mouthguard during contact sports: Wearing a well-fitted mouthguard during sports reduces your risk of injury to your teeth and gums and even concussions.