No one ever wants to need an emergency dentist in Takoma Park or Wheaton, and it’s for that reason exactly that you should plan how to react should you experience a dental emergency.
Secondly, there are a few things you can do before you come to us that will improve the outcome. Here are a few tips about how to handle common dental emergencies – the ones we see most often.
The pain of a toothache can be sharp and piercing, or more generalized and throbbing – usually due to tooth decay. The pain will likely become worse instead of better, so call us in Takoma Park or Wheaton as soon as the discomfort begins, and we’ll fit you in quickly. For temporary relief, hold a warm cloth against the affected cheek. If the area around the tooth is swollen, you can also use a cool compress intermittently. Remember though, never put ice directly against your skin. Wrap it (or bag of frozen peas) in a tea towel before applying.
Chipped Or Broken Tooth
The best way to manage tooth fractures is to prevent them. For any sport where there’s even the smallest risk of contact with another player or any surface, everyone should wear a professionally fitted mouthguard.
If a tooth does get chipped, use warm water to rinse off as much dirt as possible from the chipped piece and place it in a glass of milk. Call us in Takoma Park or Wheaton right away and we’ll fit you in ASAP.
Broken teeth can almost always be saved, but it’s important that you call us immediately. We’ll ask you to explain what happened and we’ll find an appointment for you right away.
Bite on some gauze or a clean cloth to stop any bleeding. For a permanent tooth, handle it by the shiny enamel crown only and rinse it gently under clean water. Remove the gauze and try to place the tooth back in its socket within 10 minutes. If that’s not possible, submerge the tooth in milk. Either way, call us in Takoma Park or Wheaton immediately and come to us right away! As time lapses, the opportunity to save the tooth reduces quickly.