Capital Dental Design in Richmond VA provides a full range of dental services. At the same time, Dr. Graham Forbes and his team know that dental concerns can arise suddenly, resulting in stress, anxiety, and physical discomfort. Fortunately, we are ready to meet these problems head-on with a variety of emergency treatments. We urge you to call us as soon as you experience an emergency. We will schedule you for an appointment as quickly as possible, and we will also outline steps you can take before you come into the office. Following our protocol can help to ease your discomfort and, often, minimize long-term damage. Once in our office, you will benefit from our gentle and empathetic care. We understand that dental emergencies can be stressful, and we will do everything we can to make you comfortable and to set your mind at ease.
Timely treatment of toothaches
Toothaches are one of the most common dental emergencies, although their causes and symptoms can vary widely. Cavities are a frequent cause of dental pain. Often, they can result in discomfort when you are consuming cold foods or drinks. Dr. Forbes and his team provide cosmetic restorations, or composite fillings, to treat tooth decay. Like a traditional metal filling, a composite restoration will seal and strengthen your tooth. At the same time, composite is much more realistic and will form a stronger bond.
Alternatively, if you are suffering from a toothache, you may have a dental infection. Often, internal discoloration or small sores on your gums will accompany your discomfort. Root canal therapy, or endodontic treatment, is the only way to save an infected tooth. During the procedure, Dr. Forbes will clean out your tooth and fill it with a soft, rubber-like compound. Then he will place a porcelain crown to restore the cosmetics and function of your smile.
If you have a toothache, we can quickly alleviate your discomfort. Nonetheless, while you are waiting for your appointment, you can take mild anti-inflammatories and use ice packs to reduce inflammation. We may also recommend temporary dietary changes, such as avoiding sugary foods.
How to protect a knocked-out tooth
A knocked out tooth can be very distressing, but you may be surprised to learn that it is sometimes possible to replace your natural tooth. To increase the likelihood of success, you must take immediate action. In addition to calling us right away, you should gently rinse off the tooth without disturbing the roots. If you can, put the tooth back in its socket, gently biting down to hold it in position. If this causes too much discomfort, keep the tooth in a container of milk or saline and bring it with you to the office.
If the roots are not intact or the damage is too severe, Dr. Forbes can provide restorative treatment to replace your missing tooth. Though a dental bridge can be a good option, a dental implant is a more lifelike alternative. The titanium post will permanently replace your tooth root, and your dentist can place a custom-made crown on top.
Effective repair for cracked or chipped teeth
If you have sustained a cracked or chipped tooth, you should follow similar protocol before you come into the office. Store the broken piece in milk or saline. Dr. Forbes can sometimes bond the piece back into place with composite resin. With more extensive damage, you may need a dental crown. The larger restoration will fully cover your tooth, holding it together and preventing further damage. If the crack is particularly long, we will often recommend root canal therapy.
Unfortunately, if the crack extends all the way to your dental root, we will not be able to repair your tooth. In this instance, Dr. Forbes will need to remove it and provide an appropriate restoration. Of course, as in the cases described above, he will work meticulously to ensure a prosthetic that looks and feels just like your original tooth.