If you are experiencing a dental emergency and it is during regular office hours, contact us at (202) 455-0901. If your emergency is taking place after office hours, please call our office to receive information on how to reach Dr. Cobb or a dentist on call.
We understand that dental emergency situations do arise and we strive to respond as quickly as possible. Please call our office as early in the day as possible so that we can work you into our schedule if necessary.
It is important that you do not ignore a dental emergency to avoid permanent damage. Common dental emergencies are toothache, pain in the teeth, jaw or gums, broken teeth, knocked out tooth, broken fillings, and swelling in the gums or mouth.
What To Do In A Dental Emergency
- Knocked out tooth – If you have a knocked out tooth, contact our office immediately. Retrieve the tooth, if possible, holding it by the crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth). Gently rinse the root in water if it is dirty, but do not scrub or removed attached tissue fragments. Store the tooth in a small container with your own saliva or milk. Knocked out teeth have the highest survival rate if they return to the socket within one hour of being knocked out.
- Lost or Broken Filling or Crown – If you have a lost or broken filling or crown, contact us as soon as possible. Do not use temporary measures such as glue to replace the filling or crown. Use an over-the-counter pain reliever to ease discomfort.
- Toothache – If you have a tooth ache, contact us as soon as possible. You may try rinsing your mouth with warm water or flossing to remove any lodged food. If you have swelling, a cold compress applied to the outside of the mouth or cheek may alleviate discomfort and reduce swelling. Do not put painkillers directly against the gums or aching tooth as they may damage the gum tissue.
- Abscess – If you suspect you have an abscess, contact our office immediately. An abscess is a potentially serious condition that can worsen with time and spread infection to the rest of your body if left untreated. To ease discomfort, try rinsing with a mild saltwater solution. Do not attempt to open or drain the abscess.