Emergency Dentistry – Ellicott City, MD
Broken Tooth? Toothache? Turn to Us for Help!
Dental emergencies, by their very nature, only happen at the very worst times. It can also feel very frightening because there’s often pain, bleeding, and uncertainty as to what to do next. Should you or a loved one ever suffer a dental injury or experience severe tooth pain, you only need to remember one thing: call Ellicott City Smiles Dental Group for emergency dentistry in Ellicott City, MD.
Why Choose Ellicott City Smiles Dental Group For Emergency Dentistry?
- Dental Insurance Accepted
- Sedation Available for Nervous Patients
- Caring, Experienced Team of Dental Professionals
Call Ellicott City Smiles Dental Group First
It may seem like a good idea to head to a hospital emergency room when you’re experiencing a dental emergency; however, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Unfortunately, a hospital is not equipped to handle tooth-related emergencies, and they won’t be able to make the repairs to your teeth that are necessary to restore your oral health.
Calling your team at Ellicott City Smiles Dental Group first will save you time, money, and stress during a dental emergency.
Types of Dental Emergencies
Our team is trained and equipped to handle a wide variety of dental emergencies, so when you call we’ll be ready to answer questions, offer tips and guidance for care at home, and provide same-day care if necessary.
It also helps when you understand how to handle an emergency situation until you can get to our dental office. So, here we’ve provided tips for handling common dental emergencies in Ellicott City.
This situation requires immediate action since we have the best chance of saving your tooth within 1 to 2 hours of your accident or injury. Handle your tooth with care when transporting it to our dental office and try not to touch the root. Place it back in its socket or use milk to keep the cells moist and alive during transport.
Partially Dislodged Tooth
If your tooth is dislodged, contact our dental office to be seen right away. Root canal therapy may be able to preserve your tooth.
Chipped, Cracked, or Broken Tooth
Your tooth will need to be repaired as soon as possible. Gather the pieces of your tooth if you can, and contact Ellicott City Smiles Dental Group.
With severe tooth pain, it’s likely that your tooth is infected. Root canal therapy may be able to preserve your tooth and eliminate your infection. Contact our dental office to be seen right away.
Object Stuck Between the Teeth
Try to gently remove the object with floss or your fingers, but do not use anything sharp. Contact our dental office for further instructions.
Lost or Damaged Dental Work (Crowns, Fillings, Bridges, Dentures)
Your lost or broken restoration will need to be repaired in order to protect your oral health or your teeth from further damage. Contact our dental office right away.
Injury to the Gums
First, contain the bleeding with a cold compress and light pressure. Next, call us to assess your condition.
Facial Pain or Swelling
This could be indicating an abscess or infection. Contact Ellicott City Smiles Dental Group for a same-day appointment.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Some dental emergencies happen even if you do your best to avoid them. However, most can be prevented through the following simple steps:
- Brush and floss your teeth every day.
- Come to Ellicott City Smiles Dental Group for a checkup and cleaning every six months.
- Wear a sports mouthguard if an impact to the mouth may occur.
- Avoid biting hard objects such as your fingernails, ice, pencils, or popcorn kernels.
- Use scissors or another tool to open packaging, not your teeth.
Stop Your Pain with Root Canal Therapy
No one looks forward to a root canal. Let’s face it, they have a bad reputation for being painful; however, new advancements now make them no worse than a traditional dental filling. While you may be a bit hesitant to have one, often this procedure could be the only option to save your tooth from an extraction. At Ellicott City Smiles Dental Group, you have nothing to fear. We will rehabilitate your tooth and your oral health.
A severe toothache could be a sign of an infection. If it is not treated quickly, it could cost you your tooth. We can save your smile with root canal therapy. The endodontic procedure will rehabilitate your damaged tooth and stop your pain. A custom-made dental crown is placed over it to prevent future complications while restoring a functional, attractive tooth.
Cost of a Dental Emergency
Here we treat each patient as an individual and customize treatment according to their unique needs, which makes it basically impossible to provide an estimate for treatment without first examining the patient. However, regardless of the situation, it is never a good idea to put off getting treated for a dental emergency. Unlike some medical conditions that can get better with time, dental issues only progress over time. In other words, you’ll only end up paying more to resolve the problem later on than if you address it right away.
Dental Emergency Frequently Asked Questions
Do you know what you would do if you had a dental emergency on your hands? Having a plan and a trusted emergency dentist to call could be the difference between saving and losing a tooth. We’ve answered some commonly asked questions that we receive from patients below, in hopes that they can help you act quickly and ease your pain.
How do I bring down facial swelling?
Facial swelling is a common side-effect of dental emergencies like infections and trauma. In any case, you should always contact our dental office immediately so we can schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible to diagnose and treat the issue. In the meantime, you can help bring down the swelling and ease your pain by placing a cold compress on the affected area for 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off. It’s important to avoid placing heat on it, because if the problem is an infection, this could cause it to spread or hurt even more than it already does.
Is dental sensitivity an emergency?
Dental sensitivity can be a sign of several types of oral health problems. However, it’s worthwhile to see if you can get rid of this problem at home first. Over time, your enamel will erode and reveal the sensitive dentin underneath, which can react every time you eat or drink hot or cold items. You can help ease this by brushing with special sensitive toothpaste. There are even oral health products available that can help strengthen your enamel and prevent the problem from occurring in the future. If your teeth are still sensitive after this, make sure to schedule an appointment with your emergency dentist to find out what the source of your discomfort is.
How can I remove an object caught between my teeth?
Something as small as a popcorn kernel stuck between your teeth can cause intense discomfort. To remove an object like this, try gently maneuvering dental floss around the area that’s hurting. If there’s nothing there, or you remove it and still experience pain, visit us immediately. Be sure not to use any type of sharp object, because this will likely cut or damage your gums.
Should I go to the emergency dentist if something is wrong with my jaw?
Many people wonder whether they should visit their emergency dentist or local urgent care if they’re experiencing jaw pain or discomfort. If you feel as though your pain is life-threatening or requires immediate medical attention, such as a broken or fractured jawbone, then visit your emergency room as soon as possible. Otherwise, dental problems such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) and orthodontic issues can also cause discomfort, in which case, our dental office would be your best choice.