We provide emergency dentistry in Laurel, MD to our patients. Please call our office immediately at 301-490-7007 if you are experiencing a dental emergency.
If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, or non-stop bleeding, please call 9-1-1.
Dental emergencies happen at the most inconvenient times. Fortunately, we are here to provide patients with emergency dental care as a part of our general dentistry services. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, it’s best to keep calm and call our office as soon as you can. We will schedule an appointment for you as soon as we can.
We provide compassionate care to patients of all ages and are equipped to meet the unique needs of your smile in times of crisis. Simply call Laurel Smiles Dental Care at 301-490-7007.
Emergency Dentistry in Laurel, MD
Dental emergencies can happen to anyone. You may even experience dental problems that need to be addressed immediately. We can fix common dental emergencies for patients of all ages.
In some cases, we are able to reattach a knocked-out tooth if you were able to recover it properly. If your tooth dislodges, make sure to pick it up by the crown and avoid touching the roots. Additionally, you should attempt to put it back in its socket. If you cannot do that, place it into a warm glass of milk to keep it moist. Seek dental care immediately. The faster you seek treatment for your knocked-out tooth, the more likely we will be able to restore it without a prosthetic tooth replacement.
Sudden tooth pain can be a sign of a variety of issues. If you have recently had a dental procedure done, this could mean that there is an infection at the incision site. You could also be experiencing tooth decay that is making your tooth more sensitive than usual. Cavities, gum disease, or a TMJ disorder are all possible culprits for your tooth pain, so you should seek out professional dental care to ensure your teeth, gums, and jaw are healthy. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever and contact our office immediately.
While bleeding gums are not a dental emergency in most cases, it can be alarming to find blood in the sink after brushing or flossing. In most cases, this is due to plaque buildup around your teeth and you should schedule a dental cleaning at your earliest convenience to avoid the development of gum disease. However, if you have experienced facial trauma or a cut in your mouth, rinse your mouth out with salt water to keep the affected area clean. Contact our office immediately if your bleeding continues or gets worse.
Damaged Dental Work
A damaged dental restoration, such as a dental crown, is actually common since they will not last forever. These will naturally wear down over time. If have a crown or filling that has fallen out, is coming loose, or has a fracture, please contact us to discuss your next step. We can help determine if emergency dental care is necessary or not. Leaving a tooth exposed can cause an infection from bacteria entering the tooth or the tooth can break since it has become weakened.
Dental Emergency FAQs
What happens if half of your tooth breaks off?
If you chip part of your tooth, your dentist can fix it with a dental filling or dental bonding. A small chip in your tooth will likely only need a dental filling. A large chip in your tooth will likely require dental bonding.
What can emergency dentists do?
Emergency dentists can address and treat emergency dental situations. Your dentist will be able to address what is causing pain and treat it. In some cases, emergency dentists will need to remove teeth.
How do you calm an exposed tooth nerve?
Emergency dentists recommend that patients chew a piece of sugarless gum and use it to cover exposed nerves if they are feeling pain from an exposed nerve. The gum is moldable to fit the overtop as a protective layer.
Do all broken teeth need to be pulled?
No. Dentists do not need to pull all teeth that break. The treatment will depend on the severity and location of the break. Dentists can often repair minor chips with fillings or bonding. A dental crown may be the solution if the break is more substantial. However, if the break is severe and deepens into the tooth, you may need root canal therapy and a crown. Keep in mind that tooth extraction is usually the last resort for dentists.
What should I do if my child’s permanent tooth is knocked out?
If your child’s permanent tooth is completely out, find the tooth and gently rinse off with water. Next, if possible, you should try to place the tooth back in its socket. If that’s not possible, keep the tooth moist. You can put it in milk or a saline solution. Lastly, you need to seek emergency dental care immediately. Ideally, within 30 minutes.
Is bleeding gum a dental emergency?
In most cases, bleeding gums are not a dental emergency. However, you should not ignore the issue if it is persistent. Occasional minor bleeding might occur if you brush too hard. However, persistent bleeding could be a sign of gum disease or gingivitis. If the bleeding is excessive or won’t stop, schedule an appointment with our office today. Early intervention can prevent more serious dental issues.