Padmaja Yalamanchili, DDS, PC
General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Fairfax, VA
Chipping, cracking, or losing a tooth in an accident is shocking and painful. Dr. Padmaja Yalamanchili, DDS PC and her dedicated team specialize in emergency dentistry to help you heal quickly and fully, ensuring as many of your teeth are saved from the damage as possible. You may not need an emergency dentist now, but building a relationship with Dr. Yalamanchili and her team ensures they’re at the ready should you have a dental accident. Call the Fairfax, Virginia, office today or book your appointment online.
Emergency Dentistry Q & A
What is emergency dentistry?
Emergency dentistry is dental care that steps in when your tooth, teeth, or the soft tissues of your mouth have been damaged in an accident or if you are suffering from an infection.
Dr. Yalamanchili is a seasoned emergency dentist who has treated patients with a wide range of tooth or mouth damage, including:
- Chipped teeth
- Broken teeth
- Knocked-out teeth
- Partially displaced teeth
- Injuries to the gums, tongue, or inside of the mouth
What do I do if my tooth gets broken or knocked out?
First, it’s important to recover the tooth or piece of the tooth. If your tooth chipped or broke, bring the pieces to Dr. Yalamanchili as soon as possible. She may be able to fix your tooth by bonding the pieces back together.
If your tooth was completely knocked out, first gently clean it with water, avoiding touching the root. Then, attempt to replant the tooth by gently pushing it back into the socket.
Make sure you replace the tooth at the right angle, keeping it in line with the surrounding teeth. Hold gentle, steady pressure on the tooth in the socket for at least five minutes.
If the tooth can’t be replanted immediately after the accident, keep it in your cheek, in a container with your saliva, or in a cup of cold milk and bring it to Dr. Yalamanchili. Use gauze over the open socket to staunch the bleeding.
Visiting Dr. Yalamanchili with your knocked-out tooth as quickly as possible after your accident gives you the greatest chance of successfully replanting your tooth and preserving your smile.
How do I avoid needing emergency dentistry?
Sometimes, you can’t avoid the cause of tooth damage. But a number of emergency dentistry cases result from sports injuries. If you or your children engage in a sport, it’s important to wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth.
You don’t have to be stuck with a bulky, uncomfortable device that inhibits your breathing, either. Dr. Yalamanchili offers custom-created mouthguards that are lightweight, strong, and perfectly fitted to your teeth.
In most cases, emergency dentistry is most effective when it’s applied as quickly as possible after the accident. Dr. Yalamanchili and her team are ready to serve you whenever the need arises. Call the team or schedule your appointment online.