Ronald L. Cooper DDS, FAGD

You are rushing from meeting to meeting and realized you missed lunch, so you grab a bag of almonds to tie you over until after the meeting.  While biting down you hear a crack, oops and then the pain. Now you have a dental dilemma, what do you do?

During the week, it’s easy you call your dentist of course.

Dental emergencies can happen at anytime.  During normal business hours, please call us.  We can usually see you within an hour.  If the emergency occurs after normal business hours, your call will be directed to Dr. Cooper’s personal cell phone.  Messages left on Dr. Cooper’s cell phone will be returned.

Swelling and/or infection should be dealt with quickly so that small problems do not escalate.  It is better to err on the side of caution.  If you have a dental concern, please schedule an appointment to evaluate your area of concern.

Our emergency dental services include:

  • Root Canals
  • Tooth Extractions
  • Biopsy
  • Scaling and Root Planing by quadrant:
  • Incision and Draining (I&D): Swelling in the mouth may become a life-threatening situation. We will drain the infection and aid in the healing of the infected area.

Some things cannot wait, and serious dental emergencies should not be delayed. If you are not sure what dental issues merit emergency treatment, consult with your dentist. They can give you a list of covered dental emergencies.

However, what if the incident occurs on the weekend or when you are traveling.

The American Dental Association does offer some tips for common emergency dental situations as there are some emergencies such as toothaches, broken or cracked teeth, or biting the tongue that can be self-treated.

They also make recommendations on how to avoid accidents and injury to your teeth. For example, your teeth should not be a substitute for a pair of scissors to cut or break through items. Minimize the likelihood of cracking a tooth by avoiding the “hard chews” like ice, popcorn and hard candy. Also, you can wear a mouthguard during sports and recreational activities, including bike riding.

If you are a frequent traveler and you want to minimize your emergency dental care then start with maintaining good oral health routinely. Make sure you get your dental treatment when possible before you leave the state or country. If you lose a dental filling, you must keep the exposed area covered and seek treatment. Routine oral health visits can be helpful and hopefully avoid unexpected emergencies.If you have a dental emergency, please call Dr. Cooper & Associates at (202) 463-2090. If you are unable to connect with Dr. Cooper and you feel the need for medical attention, please go to the nearest emergency room for care. You may also contact us at