Emergency Dentistry

Implants and Cosmetic Dental Center

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Germantown, MD

Medical emergencies crop up when you least expect them, and your dental health is no different. From teeth that are knocked out to debilitating toothaches, the team at Implants and Cosmetic Dental Center offers emergency dentistry to adults and youngsters four and over in Germantown, Maryland. The key to a successful outcome for dental emergencies is prompt care, so don’t wait to call Implants and Cosmetic Dental Center when you have a problem.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What are the most common dental emergencies?

The most common dental emergencies include:

  • Teeth that are knocked out
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Missing fillings
  • Abscesses
  • Toothaches

Of course, other developments also warrant prompt care, such as a collision that cracks your lip, but this list represents the majority of dental emergencies that the team at Implants and Cosmetic Dental Center treats.

The bottom line is that if you’re in pain or discomfort or you feel that the problem could get worse, it’s a good idea to see one of the dental experts at Implants and Cosmetic Dental Center sooner rather than later.

What should I do if my tooth is knocked out?

One of the most common dental emergencies involves a tooth getting knocked out or severely cracked. Should this happen to you or a loved one, your immediate actions can make all the difference in potentially preserving your tooth. If your tooth is knocked out, you should take the following steps:

  • Locate the tooth and rinse it with warm water (hold the tooth by the crown only)
  • Rinse your mouth with warm water
  • Try and insert the tooth back into your socket
  • Hold your tooth in the socket by biting down on a piece of gauze or a teabag
  • Call Implants and Cosmetic Dental Center

If your tooth doesn't readily go back into the socket, try to safeguard the tooth inside your mouth between your cheek and gums. If that’s not possible, place the tooth in a glass of milk until you can see one of the dentists.

By taking prompt action, you might be able to save that tooth, allowing it to take up its place again in your jaw.

How can I relieve tooth pain?

If you’re in pain because of an abscess, rinse your mouth with warm water and salt (about a half a teaspoon of salt per cup of water). You can also take over-the-counter medications to help with the pain and use cold or warm compresses on your cheeks. Please don’t put aspirin or any other medication directly on your teeth or gums.

With any tooth pain, the problem generally doesn’t resolve itself on its own, which makes seeking the emergency dentistry services at Implants and Cosmetic Dental Center a good idea. To make an appointment with one of our providers, call, or use the online scheduler.