If you are ever the unfortunate victim of a dental emergency, it is important to seek medical care as soon as possible. Ignoring a dental emergency could not only lead to permanent damage, but also more expensive future treatments.
Common Dental Emergencies
- Toothache: If you are experiencing a tooth ache, you should take the following steps. First, call and schedule an appointment with your dentist. Then, try to alleviate some of the discomfort by rinsing your mouth with warm water, dislodging food using dental floss, and applying a cold compress to the outside of your mouth. This should help alleviate some of the pain while you await your dentist appointment.
- Broken Tooth: First and foremost, save any broken pieces of the tooth and call your dentist. Then rinse out your mouth using warm water and apply a cold compress on the outside of your mouth. If there is any bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops.
- Abscesses: An abscess is an infection that occurs around the root of your tooth or between the teeth and gums. If left untreated, abscesses can damage tissue and the surrounding teeth and can spread to other parts of the body. So if you notice an abscess forming, schedule an appointment with your dentist immediately.
- Partially Dislodged Tooth: Has one tooth or several of your teeth become dislodged? If so, call your dentist and schedule an appointment right away. In the meantime, apply a cold compress on the outside of the mouth to alleviate pain and reduce swelling. You can also take pain killers, such as Tylenol or Advil, as needed.
- Lost Tooth: If you lose a tooth, time is of the essence. Lost teeth with the highest chances of being saved are those returned to their socket within 1 hour of being knocked out. So first, retrieve the tooth and rinse it off. Then call your dentist. If possible, try to put the tooth back in place, but never force it back in. If it does not cooperate, place the tooth in a small container of milk.
- Lost Crown: If your crown falls off, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. And remember to bring the crown with you.
Emergency Dental Care in Maryland at Annapolis Dental Care
We schedule early morning and evening appointments and maintain a well-supplied and well-equipped office that means we can respond to emergencies with same-day care. Toothaches, root canals, broken teeth, or loose crowns – we can get you in quickly and fix the problem right in our own office.
In the event your emergency requires multiple visits to fully resolve, we have many temporary solutions available that can stabilize your problem and reduce your pain until we see you again for the permanent fix. Our extended appointment schedule will again be available to ensure a quick follow-up to your emergency visit.
If you have any questions about Emergency Dental Care, or if you wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Annapolis Dental Care by calling (410) 267-0766 or visit AnnapolisDentalCare.com today!
For over 20 years, Dr. Steckler and his team have been practicing comprehensive Family Dental Care. Our outstanding staff is devoted to caring for your oral situation and will ensure your dental visit is an enjoyable one, focusing on total patient comfort. We are motivated to offer cutting edge dentistry techniques and processes. Our committed staff will guide you in your pursuit of the perfect smile.
“At Dr. Steckler’s office, we understand that most patients are fearful of the dentist. Your comfort and care are our greatest concern.”
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