IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY DURING NON-OFFICE HOURS OR HOLIDAYS PLEASE CALL 410.987.9100 AND FOLLOW THE PROMPTS.
If you injure your teeth or gums, it can cause serious infection and require emergency dental services. You should contact our office immediately to determine if you need to be seen right away. Waiting too long can increase the chances of permanent tooth damage, as well as the need for more extensive treatment later on. We understand that a dental emergency happens from time to time. Our office is here to help you. We make our very best effort to see our patients the very same day. Here are some things you should do in the event of an accident or dental emergency to ensure the best possible outcome when you do come in for dental treatment.
Chipped Or Broken Teeth
If there’s bleeding, place a piece of gauze over the area and apply pressure for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. To reduce swelling and tooth pain, use a cold compress and place it against the outside of the mouth, cheek or lip near the broken or chipped tooth. Call us if you have severe tooth pain and are in need of immediate a dental emergency appointment.
Collect the tooth, if you can find it. Hold the tooth by the crown (the part of the tooth you see in your mouth) and rinse off the tooth root if it is dirty. Be very careful and do not scrub it clean. You do not want to remove any of the attached tissue fragments so just rinse it carefully. Try to put the tooth back in place and make sure it is facing the right way. Don’t force it into the socket. If you can’t reinsert the tooth, place it in a small cup of milk or a cup of water that has a pinch of table salt in it. Call us to get emergency dentistry services as soon as possible because the best chance to save the tooth is to get it back into the socket within an hour of the time it was knocked out.
An extruded tooth is a tooth that has been partially dislodged. Again, call us right away and get to the office as soon as possible. If you are having a lot of tooth pain use a cold compress on the outside of the mouth, or cheek nearest to the extruded tooth. You may also take a pain reliever like Tylenol or Advil if you need to control pain.