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Emergency Dentistry – Aspen Hill, MD

Get the Professional Care You Need Right Away

If you have a dental emergency, you don’t want to sit around in a waiting room all day , do you? If you head to the ER for your urgent dental issue, that’s more than likely what will happen. That’s why it’s much more productive to call the Dental Center of Aspen Hill for treatment. Not only do we have the training necessary to get you out of pain, but also the advanced dental equipment that you won’t find at emergency facilities. We’ll make sure to get you seen as soon as possible, ideally the same day, so don’t wait to call for emergency dentistry in Aspen Hill, MD!

Why Choose the Dental Center of Aspen Hill for Emergency Dentistry?

  • Emergency Patients Can get Same-Day Service
  • Advanced Technology in a Modern Facility
  • Dentists and Team Experienced in Treating Dental Emergencies

How to Handle Emergencies

Woman in need of emergency dentistry holding cheek in pain

Whether it’s a toothache that appeared out of the blue or a sudden accident like a bad fall, you should contact a professional for help as soon as it appears. After calling the Dental Center of Aspen Hill, one of our team members will provide helpful first-aid tips over the phone. They’ll also get you scheduled for an emergency appointment right away. If for any reason you can’t make it to our dental office, we encourage you to take the following tips into account below to improve your condition.

Toothaches

Man with toothache holding cheek

To manage any pain caused by a toothache, take an over-the-counter medication and place a cold compress against your face in 10 minute intervals. Avoid applying aspirin or any similar medication directly to the gums as doing so can actually cause a burning sensation.

Chipped/Broken Teeth

Patient with chipped front tooth

Rinse your mouth out gently with warm water. Then, hold a cold compress against your cheek to reduce pain and swelling. Look for any pieces of the tooth that you can find. If your tooth is rough or sharp and stuck in your jaw, cover it with a piece of sugarless gum or dental wax to avoid accidentally cutting your mouth.

Knocked-Out Teeth

Patient with knocked out lower tooth

Start by finding the tooth and rinsing it with warm water. From there, you should try to place it back into your open socket. Hold it in place and keep the mouth closed. If this is not possible, place the tooth in the cheek or in a container of milk, saltwater or saliva. Make sure to move quickly as our dentist can only save the tooth within an hour after it’s been knocked out.

Lost Filling/Crown

Woman with lost dental crown covering mouth

Locate the restoration if possible and rinse off any debris. Try to place it back onto the tooth. If it does not stay, try applying a small dab of toothpaste or denture adhesive beforehand. Avoid chewing while the restoration is damaged. As you prepare to visit our dental office for repair or replacement, take an over-the-counter painkiller to reduce any sensitivity.

How to Prevent Emergencies

Patient receiving dental checkup to prevent dental emergencies
  • Enjoy playing sports? That’s awesome! Just make sure you wear a mouthguard every time you do to protect teeth from potential impacts.
  • Having trouble with a difficult package? Never go after it with your teeth. Instead, grab a pair of scissors or a box-cutter.
  • Like to chew on ice, popcorn kernels, or other hard foods or items? Make sure to break your habit asap as continuing it can largely weaken and/or break teeth.
  • When you maintain consistent oral hygiene, you can stop small problems before they turn into serious emergencies later.

Cost of Treating Emergencies

Man holding cheek during emergency dentistry appointment

There are many types of dental emergencies, all of which come with their own levels of severity. For this reason, there’s no fixed price established when you arrive. The most important goal is getting you out of discomfort before handling anything else. Treating your dental emergency may involve placing a small filling or removing and even replacing multiple teeth at a time. This can vary depending on your unique situation. Regardless, our dental office makes sure your appointments are affordable. That’s why we accept dental insurance, provide third-party financing, and even have our own in-house dental savings club.

Dental Emergency FAQs

Man with toothache in Aspen Hill should see his emergency dentist

Dental emergencies are typically sudden and alarming, which leaves most patients unprepared for them. Having the key information you need ahead of time will help you stay calm and collected so you can get the professional care you need right away. That’s why we’ve gathered some of the most common questions we get about dental emergencies below. If you don’t see the information you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you right away!

I’m Not Sure If I’m Having a Dental Emergency — What Should I Do?

Some dental emergencies like a knocked-out or broken tooth are pretty easy to identify. However, other situations that need urgent dental care like a serious tooth infection or advanced gum disease can be more difficult to gage. If you ever experience new, painful, or worrying dental symptoms, go ahead and give us a call. We can evaluate your situation over the phone and determine how soon you need to be treated. Once we’ve scheduled your appointment accordingly, we’ll give you personalized first aid advice to help you manage your situation until you can reach our office.

When Should I Go to the ER Instead of an Emergency Dentist?

Since most ERs aren’t equipped to adequately treat dental emergencies, you’ll almost always save yourself time, money, and hassle by giving us a call first. However, there are a few situations that need to be stabilized at an emergency room before we can fix up your smile, such as:

  • Dislocated or broken jaw
  • Bleeding that hasn’t stopped for 10 minutes
  • Swelling in the mouth, jaw, or face that makes it difficult to swallow or breathe

When Is a Toothache a Dental Emergency?

Thankfully, most toothaches are caused by non-urgent dental issues like cavities. However, any dental pain should be looked at in a timely manner. In some cases, a toothache could be a warning sign of a serious oral health issue that needs immediate attention. Your toothache counts as a dental emergency if it’s accompanied by:

  • Discoloration
  • Severe pain that’s lasted a day or longer
  • Discharge between teeth
  • Small, pimple-like bump on the gums
  • Signs of infection, like swelling, fever, or fatigue

Do I Still Need to See the Dentist If My Toothache Goes Away?

It may feel like quite a relief if your toothache goes away all of a sudden. However, it’s important to remember that your teeth can’t heal themselves like the rest of the body. That means if a tooth develops a cavity, chip, or infection, the problem won’t go away on its own. If your tooth suddenly goes numb, especially after it’s been hurting, that could mean that the nerve inside is injured or being attacked by bacteria. You need to come see us right away to keep the tooth in place and prevent the problem from spreading to the rest of your teeth.

How Can I Manage Dental Pain?

The best way to manage your dental pain will depend on what’s causing it, so you should give us a call if you have a toothache. It’s a good idea to first try flossing around the painful tooth and rinsing with warm salt water to clear away debris and bacteria. Applying an ice pack or cold compress for 10-minute intervals will help numb the pain and ease any swelling, and you can take over-the-counter pain relievers as directed to manage your symptoms as well. Remember, these are just temporary solutions until you can reach us for your appointment.