Emergency Dentistry

Despite the most diligent oral hygiene and routine dental care, dental emergencies can occur, and often at the most inconvenient of times. Ridgetop Dental Group makes every effort to see both current and new patients the same day for a dental emergency. If you have a dental emergency in Northern VA, we encourage you to call our office right away. We’ll provide comfortable, high-quality dental care and address your dental emergency as soon as possible.

Types of Dental Emergencies:

  • Broken teeth
  • Failing dental bridge
  • Damaged crowns
  • Wisdom teeth pain
  • Broken dentures
  • Abscess and swelling
  • Chipped front tooth or teeth
  • Mouth/jaw pain that prevents you from sleeping
  • Root abscess

Our team provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for both common and complex dental emergencies. We offer flexible office hours Monday through Friday and have an answering service that will contact our dentist on call when the office is closed. Some of our unique dental service offerings include:

  • Same-day appointments
  • Same-day pain relief
  • A doctor on call 24/7
  • Emergencies seen promptly

Dental Emergency FAQs

It is always best to call our office for advice, but there are a few things you can do immediately at home to relieve pain and minimize damage.


A toothache can indicate a range of possible dental concerns. If you are suffering with sudden tooth pain, contact our office and we will schedule a visit if necessary. An over the counter pain medication such as ibuprofen may help to ease the pain. DO NOT apply anything directly to the affected tooth surface.

Object caught in teeth 

In the event of food particles or an object lodged between teeth, gently use dental floss to try and remove it. NEVER use a sharp object or anything other than dental floss to avoid damaging the teeth or gums. If you are unable to remove the object, call our office for advice on how to proceed.

My child has a loose tooth 

If a child has a very loose primary (baby) tooth, gently remove it to avoid inhaling or swallowing the tooth. If an older child has a loose permanent tooth as a result of an accident, contact our office immediately for instruction on how to proceed.

Knocked-out tooth

If a tooth is accidentally knocked out, contact us immediately for advice on how to proceed and possibly save the tooth. Pick up the tooth by the crown (top of the tooth), rinse with warm water and place in a clean container of milk.

Broken, chipped or fractured tooth

In the event of tooth damage, contact our office immediately for instruction on how to proceed. If possible, locate and save the tooth fragment. Rinse the mouth with warm water and use a cold compress as needed for pain.

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