Accidents happen, and when they do, you need to know who you can call during a dental emergency. At Harrison Dental Associates, we make every effort to see you in a timely manner if you are experiencing a dental emergency. This is because we understand the trauma caused by dental emergency and want to help you resolve any pain or discomfort as soon as possible. Our office offers same-day treatment for dental emergencies, meaning you don’t have to wait to receive the care you need. There is no reason to prolong your experience of a dental emergency. If you are currently experiencing a dental emergency, please contact our office as soon as possible.
If you are experiencing severe bleeding or pain or this is a life threatening emergency please dial 9-1-1 or visit the nearest emergency room. For all other emergencies or dental concerns after hours please call our office to be directed by our on-call staff.
Emergency Dentistry in Charlottesville, VA
Dr. Matthew Harriosn offers emergency dental care to new and existing patients in our Charlottesville dentist office. We consider a dental emergency to be any sudden toothache, mouth bleeding, dental damage, or jaw pain associated with a dental structure. If you are unsure if you are experiencing a dental emergency or not, we recommend contacting us regardless. If you are in pain, we will do our best to diagnose the issue and offer you treatment solutions. Here are some frequently asked questions regarding our emergency dentistry services:
I have a knocked-out tooth. What should I do?
If you experience a knocked-out tooth, try to recover the tooth as soon as possible. Pick it up by the crown, avoiding touching the tooth roots. If you can, place the tooth gently back into its original socket and then make your way to the dentist’s office. If you cannot get the tooth back into its original socket, place the tooth in a glass of milk to keep it moist while you make your way to the dentist’s office.
Why do I have a toothache?
Toothaches can be caused by a variety of issues. Facial trauma can cause toothaches. If you’ve experienced recent facial trauma, you may have a cracked or chipped tooth that needs immediate restorative care. Additionally, tooth decay can cause toothaches. If it has been a while since your last dental cleaning, it is likely that you have a cavity that has caused significant damage to your tooth enamel, resulting in increased sensitivity. Regardless of the reason for your toothache, any unexplained or unanticipated tooth pain should be reported to the dentist as soon as possible.
My gums are bleeding. Is this a dental emergency?
If you notice your gums are bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth, this isn’t necessarily a dental emergency. This is likely gingivitis or early-stage gum disease. You should call your dentist and request a dental cleaning appointment to help prevent further inflammation of your gums. However, if your soft tissues begin to bleed for no reason or if you have recently had a dental procedure and the incision sites have started to bleed, please call our office immediately. This is a dental emergency, and should be looked at by a professional dentist as soon as possible.