Emergency Dentistry Specialist

DC Dental Spa

General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Washington, DC

An abscessed tooth, broken tooth, or bleeding mouth wound are all situations that require emergency dental care. Rex Hoang, DMD, at DC Dental Spa can serve the emergency dentistry needs of your entire family. Located three blocks from the Foggy Bottom metro station in Washington, D.C., they’re open seven days a week, including before and after holidays. They offer after-hours, same-day, and walk-in appointments with free parking. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, call the practice’s emergency hotline at 202-759-3769 to schedule an immediate appointment. You can also use online booking to check available openings.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What is emergency dentistry?

Emergency dentists like Dr. Rex treat oral injuries that require immediate medical attention. Situations requiring urgent dental care often involve saving knocked out or broken teeth, or dealing with swelling, decay, or an infected tooth.

If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, call DC Dental Spa at 202-759-3769 to speak to a patient coordinator so you can schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

When should I see the dentist for emergency care?

It's a good idea to seek immediate emergency dental care whenever you or a family member suffers a severe oral injury or other excruciating condition that affects your teeth or mouth.

Emergency dentistry services often include care for:

  • Knocked out teeth
  • Loose permanent teeth
  • Intense tooth or mouth pain
  • Bleeding inside your mouth
  • Injury to your face or mouth
  • Swelling of your tongue, gums, or mouth
  • An abscessed tooth
  • Fractured or cracked tooth
  • Cut or tear on your lips

If you chip a tooth, but it doesn’t appear you’ll lose the tooth entirely, it may not constitute a dental emergency. Even so, you can still call the experienced team at DC Dental Spa. They're trained to handle dental emergencies and can walk you through what to do with your tooth until you can visit the office.

What should I do if my tooth is knocked out?

When you lose an adult tooth, it’s a serious dental emergency. Without immediate care, you may be at risk of losing the tooth permanently.

As soon as you lose a tooth, clean both the injured tooth and inside your mouth. Rinse your mouth and tooth with lukewarm water and avoid touching or holding the tooth's roots. Hold the tooth by the crown (the smooth white top part) as you rinse it.

After rinsing the tooth, try to place it back into the socket in your gum. Close your mouth slowly, holding the tooth in place with your fingers or gently biting down to help keep it in place until you can visit DC Dental Spa.

If you can't put the tooth back in your mouth, put it in a cup of milk or in your mouth next to your cheek to help preserve it until you arrive at the office.

What are the symptoms of a tooth infection?

Tooth infections are caused by bacteria and usually manifest as abscesses, which are pockets of pus in or around the tooth root. They’re quite painful and include symptoms like:

  • Swelling around your cheek
  • Throbbing pain radiating from your neck, tooth, or jaw
  • Swollen lymph nodes in your neck
  • Fever
  • Sensitivity to cold, heat, or pressure

Tooth infections and abscesses can become very serious if not treated promptly.

If you’re experiencing the symptoms of a tooth infection or another issue requiring emergency dentistry, call the emergency hotline at 202-759-3769 to schedule the next available appointment at DC Dental Spa. You can also use online booking to check for openings.