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Emergency Dentist – Falls Church, VA

We Can Get You Out of Pain Fast

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Dental emergencies never seem to take place at a convenient time. Maybe you’ve stumbled down the stairs and cracked a tooth only a few days before an important work trip, or maybe your spouse is complaining about severe oral pain before a fun day with the kids. Whatever the circumstances are, consider trusting your wellbeing in the hands of the Purple Plum Dentistry team. Dr. Kiani’s compassion and warmth towards her patients is unmatched in the greater Washington, D.C. area, and she will accommodate your dental emergency in record time. Contact us today for assistance!

Why Choose Purple Plum Dentistry for Emergency Dental Care?

  • Variety of Treatments & Advanced Equipment for Optimal Care
  • Same-Day Appointments for Emergency Patients Available
  • Numerous Options to Make Emergency Dental Care Affordable

What to Do in a Dental Emergency

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If you are experiencing a dental emergency, we can get you out of pain fast. Here’s what you should do to get the care you need right away

  • Call us for a same-day appointment: Whether you’re an existing or new patient, we’ll do everything we can to see you for emergency treatment on the same day that you call us. We’ll also provide first-aid instructions for handling your situation until you arrive.
  • Get an emergency exam: When you arrive, your Falls Church emergency dentist will see you right away for an emergency exam and take any necessary X-rays to better determine the source and extent of your emergency.
  • Review the findings and make a plan: We’ll review our findings with you and fully explain all your treatment options. Then, we’ll work with you to put together a custom treatment plan that works for your needs and budget.
  • Get the care you need right away: Once you’re fully aware of the details of your chosen treatment, such as its length and cost, we’ll get to work repairing your smile. We’ll focus on preserving your teeth and helping you regain a healthy, pain-free smile.

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

Are you unsure if your situation qualifies as a dental emergency? We encourage you to give us a call anyways! We can help you assess your symptoms over the phone, determine how urgently you need to be seen, and provide personalized instructions on how to manage your emergency. Our highly experienced team is well-equipped to handle any oral health crisis you may be facing, including any of the following common dental emergencies.

An Experienced Dentist Who Truly Cares

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Dr. Kiani’s history in the dental field spans over a decade now, and she is always in pursuit of new training and education in order to elevate her skills to even higher levels. She addresses dental emergencies from several angles, ensuring that the improvements she creates for patients are not only healthy, but cosmetically pleasing, long-lasting, and beneficial to the entire body as well. While it is not possible to turn back the clock on these kinds of painful events, her comprehensive approach is the next best option.

Keys to Preventing Dental Emergencies

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Just because dental emergencies are often unpredictable doesn’t mean they can’t be avoided. In fact, establishing a few small, daily habits goes a long way toward keeping your smile safe from harm. At Purple Plum Dentistry, we’re happy to give you personalized tips when you visit us for your routine checkups, but in the meantime, here are five easy things you can do to prevent dental emergencies in Falls Church.

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Visit Our Dental Office Regularly

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We recommend coming in for your six-month checkups and cleanings not just because we like to see you, but also because these appointments are crucial in stopping dental emergencies in their early stages. That’s because our dentists can detect the smallest cavities or tooth chips long before you would have noticed them on your own. By treating these issues right when we spot them, we prevent them from worsening and contributing to a seriously painful emergency.

Brush and Floss Every Day

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Recent studies suggest that the vast majority of toothaches that require urgent dental care is actually the result of tooth decay that could have been avoided. Between your biannual checkups and cleanings, one of the easiest things you can do to keep your grin healthy and pain-free is to maintain a good oral hygiene routine. Take two minutes every morning and every night to brush your teeth, and floss between your teeth at least once a day. Together, these habits will minimize plaque buildup on your teeth and gums that could otherwise send you straight to our emergency dental office in Falls Church.

Stick to a Nutritious Diet

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Chances are slim that you don’t already know the dangers of overindulging in sugary foods and beverages. However, eating the wrong foods can do more than cause cavities and toothaches. Being careless with extremely hard or sticky foods could crack or chip a tooth or even dislodge crowns and other restorations. Instead, make sure your diet contains plenty of calcium, vitamin C, and protein, all of which promote healthy teeth and gums.

Wear a Mouthguard

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If you’re an athlete, you know that wearing the right protective gear is essential. Just like you wouldn’t play without a helmet or kneepads, you should never step onto the field or court without wearing a mouthguard to shield your teeth in the event of an injury.

Furthermore, you should wear a nightguard if you grind your teeth when you sleep. Over time, chronic teeth grinding can wear down the enamel of your teeth, leaving them more prone to decay and breakage. We can give you a custom nightguard that creates comfortable cushioning between your upper and lower teeth, preventing wear and tear.

Don’t Use Your Teeth to Open Packaging

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Your teeth might seem like the perfect tool; they’re durable and with you at all times. However, your teeth were actually not meant to withstand any forces other than chewing food. It can be tempting to use your teeth to open a long-awaited package, crack nuts, or carry that last bag of groceries, but it could easily damage your teeth and gums. Preserve your smile by taking a few moments to grab the right tool for the task at hand.

Understanding the Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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The price of emergency dental care will ultimately depend on what type of dental emergency you’re facing. After all, treating a toothache with a filling will have a different cost than replacing a missing tooth! Once you come in for your emergency appointment, we’ll be able to evaluate you and provide a personalized estimate of how much you can expect to pay. You will always know the cost of a treatment before we begin it! In the end, emergency dental care, especially when sought right away, is typically much less expensive than a medical emergency. Read on for more important information about the cost of dental emergencies in Falls Church.

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Every Dental Emergency Is Different

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There isn’t a set fee for emergency dental services because each situation needs to be handled differently. Even if two people came in seeking treatment for a toothache, they could end up with very different costs depending on what’s causing their discomfort. We know you may be hesitant to seek care if you’re concerned about costs, but remember, getting your toothache or other emergency looked at right away can make all the difference between needing an inexpensive filling and needing a more costly root canal.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?

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The majority of dental insurance companies offer at least some coverage for emergency dental care. You may have one emergency exam a year covered, or your deductible may be waved in an accident. Plus, dental insurance will typically cover anywhere from 50-80% of the cost of common treatments used in dental emergencies, such as dental crowns and tooth extractions. If you’re unsure about the details of your coverage, we’ll be happy to review your insurance policy to maximize your benefits and minimize your out-of-pocket costs.

It’s also important to note that most dental insurance policies cover preventive care at 90-100%, including routine checkups and cleanings. These regular visits are essential for keeping issues at bay and spotting problems before they have a chance to become emergencies.

Other Options for Making Dental Emergencies Affordable

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There are plenty of other ways to make emergency dental care affordable outside of dental insurance as well. For example, you have options like:

  • Purple Plum Dentistry’s In-House Membership Plan: If you don’t have dental insurance, we are happy to offer something that works similarly but without all the confusing restrictions. For one flat lifetime activation fee and a small monthly fee following, you can enjoy a variety of preventive services as well as one dedicated emergency exam.
  • Flexible Dental Financing: We’re also proud to accept financing through CareCredit. For qualifying patients, CareCredit offers low- to no-interest payment plans that allow you to get the care you need right away, which then you can pay back in installments over the coming months.

Taking Care of Your Smile Can Save You Money

Man brushing his teeth to prevent dental emergencies in Falls Church

Some dental emergencies are the result of unavoidable accidents or injuries. However, statistics suggest that the majority of causes for urgent dental care can easily be prevented. Choosing to invest in simple and inexpensive things like a great oral hygiene routine, healthy eating and chewing habits, and biannual dental checkups can potentially save you thousands in future emergency care.  

Dental Emergency FAQs

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When you’re dealing with a dental emergency, you should have someone you can call to get it taken care of. However, what if you’ve never experienced a dental emergency before? You likely have questions not just about what to do, but whether or not what you’re seeing is a dental emergency at all. At Purple Plum Dentistry, we want to help you take away the guesswork. A great place to start is our FAQ, but you’re always welcome to call us directly if your question is not mentioned!

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Will my toothache go away on its own?

More often than not, toothaches do not go away on their own because they are not able to heal themselves like other areas of the body. For that reason, we encourage you to give us a call to schedule a checkup, even if you aren’t sure if it’s urgent. There are many causes for toothaches, and you won’t be able to know what’s going on until our dentist takes a look at the problem. By getting it done sooner rather than later, you reduce the risk of the issue becoming worse.

Should I visit the emergency room first for dental emergencies?

In most cases, emergency rooms are not equipped to handle or treat dental emergencies when they appear. As a result, they end up being given painkillers or antibiotics, then told to go to the dentist to get an exam. However, there are a few instances where an ER visit is actually the better option. For example, if you believe your jaw is broken or dislocated, there are serious cuts on your face, or you have an infection that’s affecting your ability to breathe, you should go to the hospital. In nearly all other cases, visiting us will provide a better outcome.

What does throbbing tooth pain mean?

When a tooth or the mouth in general is throbbing, it usually means an infection (or some sort of inflammation) is present. Another potential cause is air traveling inside the tooth through a cavity as well as bacteria being able to reach the inner area where the pulp is located. After this bacteria reaches the inside of the tooth, that’s how the infection develops. Decay can also lead to throbbing teeth. If you have a history of teeth grinding and clenching, you may also notice throbbing or sensitivity.

My chipped tooth doesn’t hurt. Do I still need to visit?

When a tooth is chipped, you should always schedule a visit with our office. Even when pain is not present, it’s entirely possible for the tooth to continue fracturing. This leaves the sensitive pulp portion exposed, making the tooth highly susceptible to infection. You also won’t know for sure if the tooth is already exposed until you get to our office. At the very most, you could wait a day or two to visit if you can’t get to our practice right away.