As your trusted general dentist in Westminster, MD, it is crucial to our office that you understand you can call us whenever you need us. Dental emergencies do not always occur when they are the most convenient; however, we want you to know that if you are experiencing a dental emergency we will do everything we can to schedule you for our earliest available appointment. Whether you are dealing with a knocked-out tooth, unexplained tooth pain, or anything in-between, we can help you restore your dental health. Dental concerns escalate quickly and can lead to tooth loss if not addressed in a timely manner. We prioritize your dental emergencies and will do our best to ensure you are taken care of promptly.
If you are currently experiencing a dental emergency, please call our office at 410-642-5634.
Here are some common questions we get asked regarding our emergency dentistry services:
What should I do if my tooth is knocked out?
Recover the knocked-out tooth if possible. Pick it up by the crown, avoiding touching the exposed root. Place the tooth back into your socket if you can. If you cannot get it back in its socket, place it in a warm glass of milk to keep it moist. Call our office immediately afterward, and we will see you as soon as we can.
What should I do if my tooth hurts?
If you experience sudden, unexplained tooth pain, this is something to report to your dentist as soon as possible. To relieve your discomfort, you can take over-the-counter pain medicine. Do not hold the pain medicine directly over the affected tooth, as this will only irritate it. You can hold a cold compress to your jaw to reduce any facial swelling.
Are bleeding gums a dental emergency?
If you notice a small amount of blood in the sink following brushing or flossing your teeth, this is not a dental emergency. However, it is a sign that your gums are inflamed and in need of a dental cleaning. You should schedule your next dental cleaning as soon as possible. However, if you’ve recently endured mouth trauma or have had a dental procedure which you think had led to your gums bleeding, this is something to report to our office as soon as possible. In the meantime, keep the affected area clean by rinsing your mouth out with a saltwater solution.