The PearlFection Blog
Posts for tag: Dental Emergency
When you're in dental pain, all you want is relief. At Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick and Urbana, MD, we offer fast and accurate emergency dentistry in a compassionate, state-of-the-art environment. If you have an urgent dental problem, contact our office right away for first aid advice and a same-day appointment. Read below for information about various dental emergencies and how you can respond.
What Is a Dental Emergency?
Severe pain, compromise of oral function, or the appearance of hard to control bleeding all constitute a dental emergency. Most can be handled by your emergency dental care team at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick and Urbana, MD.
Here are some examples of dental emergencies and how you can care for them on your way to seeing your dentist at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick:
- Avulsed Tooth: Accidental injury may knock a tooth out of its socket. However, if replanted by your dentist within the hour, that tooth can sometimes be saved. Rinse the tooth with clear water, put its roots down into the socket, and hold it in place on your way to see the dentist. If you cannot replace it, put the tooth in a sealed container, and cover it with milk, water, or saliva.
- Chipped Tooth: If possible, save the pieces; your dentist may be able to bond them in place with tooth-colored composite resin. More extensive damage could require a porcelain crown.
- Broken Orthodontic Wire or Loose Bracket: Use orthodontic wax to cover the rough edges, and bring the appliance to Pearlfection Dentistry for repair.
- A throbbing Toothache: Take over the counter acetaminophen or ibuprofen (not aspirin). Apply ice to the jaw to reduce swelling as needed.
- Broken Denture or Lost Filling or Crown: Bring the denture or restoration to the dental office for repair.
- Foreign Material Lodged Between Teeth: Try to dislodge it with dental floss. If this doesn't work, see your dentist as soon as possible.
A Word of Advice
Children, in particular, suffer a lot of dental emergencies in falls and sports mishaps. If possible, keep a small dental emergency kit on hand containing gauze, bottled water, dental floss, resealable plastic bags, and vinyl gloves. To be extra prepared, put Pearlfection Dentistry's phone number in your contacts for quick reference.
Contact Us Today!
At Pearlfection Dentistry, we want you to phone us with any questions or concerns about your oral health. We're just 45 minutes from Baltimore or Washington, DC, and we're fully equipped and experienced to help you! Our professional team includes general, cosmetic, and restorative dentists Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, Dr. Alex Sin Deuk Kim, and Dr. Nikta Pashai, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist Dr. Amos Chi, oral surgeon Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist Dr. Pratik Patel and orthodontist Dr. Steven Tigani.
Don’t ignore a true dental emergency when it happens to you.
Think you are dealing with a dental emergency? If so, you may be wondering, “Now what?” Our Frederick, MD, general, cosmetic and restorative dentists Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer and Dr. Amadeus Lopez, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, oral surgeon Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist Dr. Pratik Patel and orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani are here to help you pinpoint a true dental emergency so you know what steps to take next.
So what constitutes a dental emergency? Here are problems that can arise that need immediate attention from your Frederick, MD, dentist:
- A toothache
- A cracked or fractured tooth
- A knocked-out or partially dislodged tooth
- A severely bitten tongue or lip
- Broken dental work or braces
If you or a family member is dealing with any of the problems above, it’s time to get immediate dental care.
Stay Calm and Seek Dental Care
While we know it can be difficult to stay calm when you are dealing with a dental emergency it’s important not to freak out. Here are some pointers to follow to help you know what to do when a dental emergency happens to you or a loved one:
- Call your dentist right away and let them know what’s going on. They will let you know whether you need to come in right away. This is the first and most important step you need to take.
- If you are dealing with pain or swelling, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen to at least temporarily stave off discomfort until you get into our office. Never rub aspirin or any pain reliever directly on your gums.
- If your tooth has been knocked out or cracked, collect the tooth (or pieces of the tooth). If the tooth is fully intact rinse it with lukewarm water (handle the tooth by the crown only; never the roots) and then carefully try to place it back in the socket. If the tooth won’t go back in the socket hold the tooth between your cheeks and your gums and head to our office immediately. Cracked pieces of a tooth can be placed into a protective container.
- If there is bleeding, apply a clean cloth to the area and apply pressure for several minutes. If the bleeding gets worse or doesn’t stop in 15 minutes then you may need to go to your nearest emergency room.
- If there is facial swelling, take a pain reliever or apply a hot or cold compress to your face for 10-15 minutes at a time.
If you are looking for emergency dental care in Frederick, MD, then look no further than Pearlfection Dentistry. We are proud to provide comprehensive dental services to the Hagerstown and Germantown, MD, areas, and we are only 45 minutes from Washington, DC, and Baltimore. If you have a dental emergency call us right away.
Data from the American Dental Association estimates that there are 2.2 million dental emergencies every year, mostly handled in hospital emergency rooms. The team at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick, MD want to encourage you to see one of their dentists for emergency dental care instead. They offer affordable options to ensure that you don’t avoid treatment just because you’re worried about a huge bill. Find out more about getting treated by an emergency dentist. You’re in good hands with a dental team that includes general, cosmetic, and restorative dentists Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, and Dr. Amadeus Lopez; periodontist, Dr. Ashley Seals; oral surgeon, Dr. Brian Chang; endodontist, Dr. Pratik Patel; and orthodontist, Dr. Stephen Tigani.
Reasons to Call an Emergency Dentist
Some patients aren’t sure what is considered an emergency versus a dental concern that can be handled at a normal visit. Here are a few common reasons why someone might want to enlist the help of a Frederick emergency dentist:
- A broken or knocked out tooth from playing contact sports.
- A dental infection (dental pain and headaches).
- Damage to a restoration (crown, bridge, implant, filling, or veneer).
- A swollen jaw or unbearable jaw pain that limits your ability to eat.
- You want to avoid the hassle and expense of going to an emergency room.
Costs of Emergency Dental Care
Many people avoid seeking help from an emergency dentist because they are concerned about the cost. When you visit Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick for an emergency treatment, the cost of the visit and exam will not exceed $200 if you don’t have insurance and $50 if you do have insurance. You will then be consulted about the cost of any necessary treatments and given options so that you can leave the office without feeling pain. The goal is to give you some relief quickly.
Don’t Ignore Dental Pain
Dental pain can progress to something worse than just discomfort. It can lead to tooth loss, pose a threat to your gum health, and even create general health concerns if it’s not treated the right way. Sedation options will help you feel more relaxed at the appointment if you’re anxious.
See an Emergency Dentist
Dental pain and discomfort can interfere with your ability to carry on with normal daily activities. See a dentist for help as soon as possible to get relief. Contact Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick, MD (servicing the regions of Hagerstown and Germantown, MD) for emergency dental care. The office is 45 minutes away from Washington, DC and 45 minutes from Baltimore, MD. Call (301) 663-5550 to schedule an appointment.
Know how to address a dental emergency if it happens to you.
It can be scary suddenly being faced with a damaged tooth. Before panic sets in, the best thing you can do is remain calm. Know that you have our Frederick and Urbana, MD, general dentists - Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Amadeus Lopez, and Dr. Melanie Smith, as well as our oral surgeon Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist Dr. Pratik Patel and orthodontist Dr. Jennifer Smith - standing by to help when something like this happens.
So, what exactly constitutes a dental emergency?
It isn’t always easy to know when to come into our Frederick and Urbana dental office for treatment or whether you should just wait a problem out. When it comes to dental issues, most of them won’t get better without proper attention and care. Seeking professional dental treatment is a necessity, and the sooner the better. Of course, we understand that you may be feeling rather uncomfortable, so here are some ways to ease your symptoms until you make it to our office:
If you are experiencing a toothache this could be a sign of severe decay or an infection. Gently rinse your mouth out with warm salt water, which can help to temporarily alleviate pain and swelling. You can also opt for a topical numbing cream from your local drugstore.
This scenario can be a scary one. The most important step is to call us right away. Time is of the essence when it comes to handling a knocked-out tooth. The tooth can often be saved if you come in right after the incident happens. In the interim, make sure to find the tooth, carefully rinse it off and then try to place it back in the socket. If you can’t place it, hold the tooth between your cheeks and head straight to our office.
A Loose Tooth
There are many reasons a tooth may become loose, from severe periodontal disease to a sports-related injury. Very carefully try to move the tooth back into the proper position, then immediately come in to have the tooth treated.
If a part of the tooth has chipped off, try to save the piece and place it in a damp cloth to keep it moist. How we treat a fractured tooth will depend on how much damage has occurred. We may be able to fix minor chips by buffing out the tooth or by placing bonding material over it. In cases of more severe damage, a dental crown may be placed over the tooth to restore it.
If you are dealing with a dental problem, know that Pearlfection Dentistry is ready to provide you with emergency dental care right here in Frederick and Urbana, MD. Put your trust in us.