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Emergency Dentistry – Ellicott City, MD

Getting Quality Care
When You Really Need It

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

Woman in need of emergency dentistry covering hermouth

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.


Man with toothacheholding cheek

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.

Chipped/Broken Teeth

Smile with chipped front tooth

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.

Knocked-Out Teeth

Smile with missing bottom tooth

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.

Lost Filling/Crown

Woman with lost dental crown covering her mouth

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

Woman receiving a dental checkup 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

Man in dental chair holding cheek before emergency dentistry

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.