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Experiencing dental pain or problems can be alarming, and determining whether you’re facing a true dental emergency can be confusing. At Radiant Smiles in Arlington, we understand the urgency and discomfort associated with dental issues. To help you assess your situation, we’ve compiled a checklist and set of questions to ask yourself to determine if you need immediate dental care.

Checklist: Signs of a Dental Emergency

  1. Severe Toothache: Is the pain unbearable or not alleviated by over-the-counter pain medication?
  2. Loose or Knocked-Out Tooth: Have you experienced trauma leading to a loose or completely dislodged tooth?
  3. Swelling in the Jaw or Face: Is there significant swelling that could indicate an infection or abscess?
  4. Uncontrolled Bleeding: Are you experiencing bleeding that won’t stop after 15-20 minutes of applied pressure?
  5. Broken Tooth with Sharp Fragments: Are there sharp fragments causing pain or potential injury to your mouth?
  6. Lost Filling or Crown: Have you lost a filling or crown, exposing sensitive parts of your tooth?

Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. Is my pain severe and immediate?
    • Dental emergencies often involve severe pain that demands instant attention.
  2. Have I lost a tooth?
    • Time is crucial for saving a knocked-out tooth; immediate care can potentially save the tooth.
  3. Is my mouth bleeding uncontrollably?
    • Continuous bleeding is a clear sign of a dental emergency.
  4. Am I experiencing signs of an infection?
    • Symptoms like swelling, bad taste, fever, or difficulty breathing or swallowing can indicate a serious infection requiring urgent care.
  5. Is there any swelling in my face or neck?
    • Swelling can be a sign of infection or an abscess, which could be life-threatening if not treated promptly.

What to Do Next

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, it’s likely you’re experiencing a dental emergency. In such cases, it’s important to act quickly:

  1. Contact Radiant Smiles Immediately: Call us at our Arlington office; we offer emergency dental services and will do our best to see you as soon as possible.
  2. Preserve a Knocked-Out Tooth: If a tooth has been knocked out, gently rinse it without touching the root, and try to place it back in the socket. If that’s not possible, keep it moist in milk or saliva until you can get to the dentist.
  3. Control Bleeding: Apply pressure with a clean cloth or gauze to any bleeding areas.
  4. Apply Cold Compresses: If there is swelling, apply a cold compress outside the affected area to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.

Remember, while some dental problems can wait until your next appointment, certain conditions require immediate attention to prevent further damage or more serious health issues. If you’re unsure whether your situation is a dental emergency, err on the side of caution and contact Radiant Smiles in Arlington. We’re here to provide the care and guidance you need to maintain a healthy smile.

Posted on behalf of Radiant Smiles

3801 N Fairfax Dr Suite 25
Arlington, VA 22203

Phone: (703) 528-0444
FAX: (703) 516-0262

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Dr. Surbhi Chandna

Dr. Surbhi Chandna is a general and cosmetic dentist. She started her career in Dentistry in 2005 and has since gained experience working in India and United States. She is a graduate of prestigious University of Pittsburgh- School of Dentistry. She has years of experience working in Richmond, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. She has taken hundreds of CE courses to stay updated with the latest dental technology.

She truly enjoys the art of dentistry, because she can use her skillset to improve the smile, oral health, and confidence of her patients. Refer to our gallery for some of the cases that she has done.

Featured in Arlington Magazine’s July/August ’23 Dentist profile

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3801 N Fairfax Dr Suite 25
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