Fredericksburg Office: 540-710-1088
Stafford Office: 540-242-5251


Southpoint Quality Dental helps you achieve and maintain optimal oral health! Dr. Joshua Swanson and his highly trained staff are committed to providing patients of all ages with the highest standard of dental care. Our offices are conveniently located in Fredericksburg and Stafford, VA so we can serve adults, teens, and children living in the surrounding areas of Spotsylvania County, Massaponax, Falmouth, and Fawn Lake, VA.

When you have a dental emergency it’s crucial that you follow the right steps and seek out medical attention. Below you can learn what to do in an emergency and if you should contact the emergency room or our Fredericksburg dental office.

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When you have a toothache, begin by cleaning around the sore tooth very carefully. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth completely to displace any food trapped between teeth. You should not use aspirin on the aching tooth or on the gum, under any circumstances. In the event of facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the affected area. For temporary pain relief, taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen is recommended. Please contact our office for an appointment if the pain persists. If swelling begins to approach your eyes or begins to make swallowing or breathing difficult you should seek immediate attention at our office or the emergency room as this can be life threatening!

Cut Or Bitten Tongue, Lip Or Cheek

If for any reason, you experience a cut or bitten tongue, lip, or cheek, ice can be applied to the bruised areas. For bleeding, apply firm (but gentle) pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues after 15 minutes, please go directly to an emergency room.

Broken Braces And Wires

Call our office immediately for advice if a bracket or wire is loosened or broken. The bracket may need to be re-fitted immediately. Remove a broken appliance only if it comes out easily. If it is lodged or too painful to remove, cover any protruding edges with wax, cotton balls, gauze or chewing gum. Do not remove any wire caught in the gums, cheek or tongue. See a dentist immediately if the broken appliance causes too much pain. Please save any brackets or appliances that come off and bring them with you to our office.

Broken Tooth

When you break a tooth, simply rinse the affected area with warm water. Then, put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments and seek immediate dental attention.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

We understand that you may experience accidents that can cause you to knock out any of your permanent teeth. During this unfortunate circumstance, please make sure to recover the tooth but holding it by the crown (top) only and not the root. Also, rinse the tooth and gently clean it. Do not hold the tooth more than necessary because time is essential in this case. You should try to reinsert the tooth in the socket, holding it in using a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, carry it in a cup containing milk or water. To determine proper next course of action, seek medical attention from a dentist immediately.

Possible Broken Jaw

In the event of jaw injury, tie the mouth closed with a towel, tie or handkerchief. Go immediately to an emergency room.

Bleeding After A Baby Tooth Falls Out

Everyone loses baby teeth but you should not experience more than usual bleeding. When this happens, fold a piece of gauze and place it (tightly) over the bleeding area. Bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes. If bleeding continues excessively, see a dentist immediately.

Cold Or Canker Sores

Cold or canker sores can be extremely painful. Over-the-counter medications can provide some temporary relief. If the sores persist, please visit your dentist.

Contact Your Stafford & Fredericksburg Dentist

Southpoint Quality Dental has improved many beautiful smiles in both Stafford and Fredericksburg, VA as we specialize in a variety of dental treatments, including family dentistry, root canals, dental implants, cosmetic dentistryorthodontics and much more! We strive to provide the best quality dental care for patients of all ages.

When an emergency situation occurs, please contact our office immediately. One of our friendly staff members will be more than happy to assist you in getting in contact with the dentist right away. Please contact our office at 540-710-1088 for any further questions or concerns.

Office Closure

Happy Holidays From Southpoint Quality Dental!

Our offices will be closed on Friday, May 17th.
We will be open as normal on Monday the 20th. Have a great weekend!