Emergency Dental Care In Edgewater, MD
Edgewater Dental Arts strives to provide prompt attention for dental emergencies. If your emergency is taking place during normal office hours, please contact (410) 956-3525. For after-hours and weekend emergencies, please call our office to receive information on how to reach Dr. Cutting.
Common Dental Emergencies that we treat include:
- Knocked out tooth
- Cracked or broken tooth
- Broken or missing crown or filling
- Severe toothache
What to do in a Dental Emergency?
If your trauma is serious and you feel dizzy and have lost a lot of blood, dial 911! The last thing you want to do is get behind the wheel of a car if you are feeling shaken or light-headed.
Knocked out tooth
First off, don’t panic! If you or your child suffered enough trauma to knock out a tooth, the first thing to do is take a deep breath and gather your wits. If it’s your child, be sure to comfort them and let them know that everything is ok. Next, try to locate the tooth, because we may be able to reattach the tooth! Once you locate the tooth, try and place it back into the tooth socket, or keep it in your mouth. The saliva helps keep your tooth alive. If it’s too painful, place the tooth in a glass of milk. Next, contact us and tell us you have a dental emergency and we will do all we can to see you as soon as possible. Place an ice pack on your mouth and have somebody drive you to our office.
Broken or Missing Crown or Filling
If your crown or filling breaks or falls out, contact us right away for an emergency dental appointment. Even if the injury isn’t painful, the area is not supposed to be exposed to food particles or drinks and could let bacteria in. If you can find the crown, we may be able to reattach it to your tooth, so make sure and try to locate it and bring it in with you.
A severe toothache could be any number of issues and we recommend seeing your Edgewater and Annapolis dentist right away before the severity increases. If a tooth is severely infected, it could result in the loss of a tooth. Plus, you don’t need to be in pain! Contact us and let us know that you have a severe toothache, and we’ll see you as soon as possible!
How can I prevent a dental emergency?
The best way to prevent a dental emergency is by following a comprehensive oral care routine and visiting the dentist regularly for biannual checkups and exams. Some dental problems only become emergencies because they were time-sensitive issues that were not taken care of in a timely manner. For example, a minor amount of tooth decay can usually be fixed with a simple filling, but if left untreated, tooth decay can turn into an unbearable toothache that requires an emergency root canal. However, accidents do happen, and some dental emergencies are simply unavoidable. Whatever the case may be, our team is available to assist you in your time of need!
Should I see an emergency dentist or go to the emergency room?
It’s not always easy to determine what to do in an emergency, especially if all you can focus on is your pain. If you have many other injuries in addition to your dental-related injury that need to be taken care of, we recommend heading to an emergency room. However, if the emergency is teeth, gum, or jaw-related at all, you’ll likely want to see an emergency dentist. Dentists have advanced training in these areas, and dental practices also have the tools and technology to treat dental-related issues. Of course, you can always call our office and explain the situation and our team can help you decide what to do.
Are dental emergencies covered by insurance?
Some insurance plans do offer coverage for emergency dental care, and it’s a good idea to check with your provider to see if you have emergency coverage before you find yourself in an emergency situation. If you or your child is experiencing a true dental emergency, you’ll want to seek treatment as soon as possible and worry about the financial aspect later. In many cases, it’s better and cheaper to see an emergency dentist as soon as possible rather than waiting. Coming in right away because of a knocked-out tooth can save you from needing a more expensive treatment like a dental implant, and our team will work with you afterward to determine the best way to finance your care.