Emergency Dentistry – Ellicott City, MD
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Your first instinct in a dental emergency might be to call the ER, but that is likely to lead to waiting in a reception area for far too long before receiving treatment that doesn’t really address the root of the problem. Instead, you should call My Ellicott City Dentist in the event of a toothache or a dental injury. Our caring dentists and experienced team know how to help you deal with the pain and have access to advanced dental equipment that the ER likely won’t have. When you get in touch with us for emergency dentistry in Ellicott City, MD, we’ll make every effort to see you on the same day whenever possible.
Why Choose My Ellicott City Dentist for Emergency Dentistry?
- Same-Day Emergency Appointments
- Modern Facility with Latest Technology
- Experienced Dentists and Team Members
How to Handle Dental Emergencies
A toothache that suddenly appears as a consequence of not brushing properly and a crack that formed after a bad fall are obviously two very different types of emergencies. There are many reasons why you could need urgent dental care, but the one constant in all of these situations is that you should contact professional immediately once you realize what has happened. We can provide first-aid tips that will allow you to take control of the situation until your appointment. Below are some examples of common emergencies you might have to deal with.
Ibuprofen and other common painkillers are useful for dulling the pain of a toothache. You might also try holding a cold compress against your face for ten minutes at a time. Do not allow aspirin to touch your gums, or else you might experience an uncomfortable burning sensation.
Quickly rinse your mouth with warm water before using a cold compress to reduce any discomfort or swelling you might be experiencing. Try to save the broken-off pieces of the tooth if you can. The edges of the damaged tooth might be rough or sharp, so try covering them with sugarless gum or dental wax to protect the soft tissue inside your mouth.
Locate the tooth immediately and pick it up by the crown. There may be some debris on it, so gently rinse it with warm water. (Be careful not to touch or damage the roots.) Try to put the tooth back in its socket if possible, and keep your mouth closed to hold it in place. Alternatively, you can put it in your cheek or a container of milk. Move quickly and try to get to our dental office in less than an hour.
Find the restoration as soon as you can. After rinsing it, you can try putting it back on the tooth; toothpaste or denture adhesive can help it stay in place. In any case, do not chew with the restoration or the exposed tooth. You are likely to experience sensitivity, so take ibuprofen or another over-the-counter painkiller if you feel like you need to.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
- Use a mouthguard every time you play a sport or participate in a physical activity that carries any sort of risk of impact to the face.
- If you have trouble with a package, take the time to find scissors, a box-cutter, or another tool; never use your teeth to open it.
- Break harmful habits like chewing on ice, unpopped popcorn kernels, or other hard foods. Over time, these actions could weaken and even fracture the teeth.
- Prevent cavities and gum disease from occurring in the first place by brushing and flossing regularly. (Consider using antibacterial mouthwash as well.)
Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Not only are there many different kinds of emergencies, but some cases will be more severe than others. For example, a tooth can be slightly cracked, or it can be broken off beneath the gum line. Obviously, the kind of treatment required – and the cost it incurs – will vary depending on the situation. Sometimes you might only need a filling, and in other cases an entire tooth might need to be extracted and replaced. No matter what the situation is, however, we’ll focus on bringing you the services you truly need at an affordable price. We will accept different dental insurance plan, but third-party financing and our in-house dental savings club are available for the patients that need them.
Dental Emergency FAQs
We want you to be as prepared as possible when a dental emergency strikes. Whatever questions are on your mind, we encourage you to voice them at your next dental appointment or to call our office today to ask one of our helpful staff members. Knowing more about dental emergencies can help you avoid them and put you in a better position to have them treated properly. Below are X answers to questions that we’ve heard multiple times from patients in the past.
Can I Just Wait for a Toothache to Go Away?
In general, you should never expect a toothache to go away on its own. The problem causing the pain will only grow more serious without treatment. As such, any sort of dental pain that lasts more than a couple of days warrants a checkup so that we can see what the cause is and determine if it’s anything you need to worry about. It’s always better to have underlying problems identified and treated ahead of time before they turn into irreversible problems. That said, there are certain toothaches where the pain comes from around the tooth instead of inside of it, such as irritation of the gums; this type of pain might actually be able to go away on its own provided you take the right steps to relieve it.
Should I Go to the Emergency Room?
For most dental emergencies, it’s better to call our office instead of the emergency room. Most of the time, emergency rooms do not have the means to address toothaches and other dental issues effectively. That said, you should call an emergency room if your dental problem involves one of these potentially life-threatening issues:
- Jaw fractures and dislocations
- Severe cuts or lacerations in the mouth, especially if it results in unstoppable bleeding
- Abscess or infection that is beginning to interfere with breathing or swallowing
Once these problems are resolved, we can address any remaining dental emergencies.
Is a Knocked-Out Baby Tooth an Emergency?
If a baby tooth falls out of the mouth due to trauma or any cause other than natural oral development, you should treat like a potential emergency, meaning you should arrange a visit as soon as possible. We won’t try to replant the tooth in question because it’s supposed to come out, but if it’s fallen out too soon, we may have to take certain steps to ensure that there’s still enough room for the permanent teeth to erupt later on.
What Should I Keep in My Emergency Dentistry Kit?
Having an emergency kit dedicated entirely to dental emergencies is an excellent preventive measure. Some necessities that you should definitely include in such a kit are:
- A small container for knocked-out teeth and restorations
- Sterile gloves
- Gauze pads and dressings to stop bleeding
- Cotton balls to cover jagged broken teeth
- Dental cement as a temporary filling or adhesive
- Ibuprofen or another anti-inflammatory medication
- Ice packs for reducing swelling
- Contact information for our dental practice
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