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Emergency Dentistry - Virginia Beach, VA

Urgent Dental Care Right When You Need It

At Smile by Design in Virginia Beach, VA, our compassionate team always gives priority to patients experiencing dental emergencies. Whether you’re dealing with a broken tooth or painful toothache, we’ll do everything possible to schedule your emergency visit the same day you call us. If you or a loved one’s teeth need help right now, don’t hesitate, give us a call today, and we’ll be ready to help right away.

Unparalleled Experience & Qualifications

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Smile by Design is very fortunate to have not one, but two dentists on staff with years of experience in general and emergency dentistry. Thanks to Dr. Santos and Dr. Folck, we’re able to see emergency patients even quicker and provide the care they need without making them wait. Plus, our dentists have invested in some of the latest dental technology, enabling them to get a better look at a patient’s mouth so they can figure out the best solution in record time.

Dental Accidents & Facial Trauma

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It’s very common for people to fracture or knock out a tooth while playing sports or chewing on an extremely hard item (ice, popcorn kernels, etc.), and in these situations, immediate dental care is essential to successfully placing a tooth back into someone’s mouth. If you’re dealing with dental trauma, make sure you:

Dental Emergencies Due to Oral Care Neglect

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An extremely painful toothache is usually the result of an oral infection that has reached the inner layers of a tooth where the sensitive nerve is located. We can help relieve this kind of pain and even save the tooth if we’re able to see a patient fast enough. To get care as quickly as possible, you should:


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Certain dental procedures may increase temperature and pressure sensitivity around the treated area. Anesthetic injection sites may also feel sore. In most cases, an over-the-counter pain reliever is enough to alleviate discomfort. If your pain worsens, or you’re having unusual reactions, call Smile By Design.

Lodged Object

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If an object gets stuck between your teeth, gently use dental floss. If floss doesn’t remove the item, it’s time to call us. Using a sharp instrument to dig out the item may result in damage to your teeth and gums. Let us help! Call Smile By Design and let our team know you have a dental emergency.

Knocked-Out Tooth

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If your tooth is knocked out, don’t scrub off any residual tissue! If you can, return the tooth to its socket, or put the tooth into a glass of milk or Hank's Balanced Solution. Call our Virginia Beach dental practice as soon as possible. The sooner you see one of our dentists, the greater the chances your tooth can be saved.

Bitten Tongue

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If you bite your tongue, clean the area as much as possible and use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Deep or large cuts or wounds that continually bleed should be taken care of at our Virginia Beach office as soon as possible.


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A tooth that’s decayed, cracked, or broken often invites a bacterial infection. If your tooth hurts, throbs, or aches, you may have an interior infection that requires root canal therapy. Root canal therapy can save your tooth structure and restore health to your mouth. Never ignore a toothache! At Smile by Design, we offer very comfortable and anxiety-free treatments.

Root Canal Therapy

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For a tooth that has developed an infection below the outer enamel, root canal therapy is often the best way to relieve the pain and save the tooth from extraction. After numbing a patient, their dentist will remove the infected interior tissue, clean and sanitize the tooth, and then replace the lost structure using either a filling or crown. Thanks to modern-day dental techniques, this procedure is now no more painful than getting a small filling.

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Tooth Extractions

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After we have exhausted all other options to save a tooth, only then will we choose to remove one. We may recommend an emergency extraction if:

Should you ever need an extraction, our team will do everything we can to ensure you have a comfortable experience, using a gentle touch, local anesthesia, and even sedation if requested.

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