For medical emergencies, it’s best to dial 911, but when it comes to severe pain or an injury that involves your teeth, it’s much wiser to go ahead and contact Ambiance Dental Spa. Our team is better equipped to handle urgent dental issues, and we’ll likely be able to see you way faster than the ER. In fact, we’re often able to schedule same-day appointments so patients can get the relief they need without delay thanks to emergency dentistry in Bowie, MD.
While it’s easy to panic in the midst of a dental emergency, you should simply take a breath, calm yourself, and call our dental office. Explain your situation, and we’ll let you know exactly what to do next. This may involve applying first-aid and/or coming to see us right away. Before you’re able to reach our dental office, here are a few ways to take control of the most common dental emergencies:
A toothache can be the result of a cavity, crack in the enamel, or just a piece of food being stuck between the teeth. After rinsing and flossing around the tooth, if this doesn’t help, go ahead and take an OTC medication. Be sure to act quickly at the first sign of persistent dental pain, as waiting will make it more likely that you’ll need a root canal to fix the problem.
Recover as many pieces of the tooth that you can, place them in a safe container, and remember to bring them to our dental office. Use a cold compress to manage any pain or swelling. Most of the time, we can save a broken tooth by covering it with a dental crown, but if the enamel is too forgone, we may need to perform an extraction.
Find the tooth, pick it up while not touching the root, and gently rinse it with some water. Try to place it back into the socket, and come see us as quickly as possible. If the tooth won’t stay in place, hold it between the cheek and gums or store it with milk or saltwater—it’s important that it stays wet to keep it alive! This will allow us to reattach it.
Rinse off the restoration and attempt to place it back onto your tooth. A small dab of toothpaste can help with this. Avoid chewing with that part of your mouth until we can see you, and if any pain develops, take an OTC medication.
We’d rather you avoid dental emergencies altogether, and the following tips will help you do just that:
Every single dental emergency we see is slightly different, which means the treatment is always unique as well. Whatever your situation might be, however, acting quickly and seeking out care immediately is always better than simply trying to “tough out” a problem. This will only allow an issue to become worse and increase the chance that an expensive procedure will be needed to fix it. To help make emergency dental care more affordable, we’re happy to accept insurance, flexible financing is available, and we even have our own in-house savings plan.