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Emergency Dentist – Federal Hill, MD

We Can Quickly Ease Your Pain

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Dental injuries happen all the time, and not just during sports. Something as simple as hitting your teeth against glass or stumbling down the stairs can severely damage your smile as well. No matter the cause, when your teeth have been chipped, broken, or cracked, you need to get help fast. You simply can’t wait a week to fix a broken smile. When you need quick, effective, and professional emergency dental care, there is only one thing you need to do: call your emergency dentist in Federal Hill.

When you call us with a dental emergency, we’ll make an appointment to see you as soon as possible (preferably the same day!) Our team will walk you through first-aid over the phone to help manage your pain, and when you reach our office, we’ll bring you straight back to a treatment room. Dr. Ward is specially trained to handle a wide array of dental emergencies, so no matter your situation, you can trust that we’ll always be able to take care of you.

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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Most dental emergencies come in one of two flavors: instant injuries or problems that develop gradually over longer periods of time. Our team here at Harbor East Dental is more than prepared to treat both. Until you can reach our office, here are some tips to help you manage your situation.

 

Toothaches

Is there something stuck between your teeth? Floss and rinse with saltwater to dislodge the object. If that doesn’t work, take store-bought pain medications like ibuprofen or apply a cold compress to the area in 10-minute intervals until you can see your dentist in Federal Hill to get to the bottom of your pain.

Chipped/Broken Tooth

Gather any pieces of the tooth you can find and store them in a safe container to bring with you to your appointment. Curb potential swelling and pain by applying a cold compress to your cheek. Cover any sharp edges of the tooth with either sugarless gum or dental wax.

Knocked-Out Tooth

Gently pick up the tooth by the crown, taking extra care to avoid touching the root (the pointy part). For the tooth to stay alive and viable for reattachment, it needs to be kept wet. Either place it back in the socket by gently biting down onto gauze or cloth, or store it in your cheek pocket or a container of milk or saltwater.

Lost Filling/ Crown

Rinse off the restoration and attempt to place it back on the tooth using a little toothpaste or petroleum jelly. If that won’t work, keep the crown or filling in a safe container but avoid chewing with that tooth until after your appointment with us. Do NOT try to reattach the restoration using superglue.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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The vast majority of dental emergencies can be stopped before they even happen by following these steps:

  • Wearing a mouthguard when you engage in sports or even solo physical activities like jogging or cycling
  • NOT chewing on items that could break your teeth, like your fingernails, ice, pens, and hard candies
  • NOT using your teeth to open stubborn packaging, hold bags, or remove a tag from clothing
  • Keeping up with regular at-home oral hygiene and dental checkups and cleanings. Regular preventive care can stop potential dental emergencies in their tracks.

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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Although you might be apprehensive about seeing the dentist to treat your emergency because of the cost, putting off treatment is NEVER the right thing to do. When you ignore dental problems, they actually worsen over time, warranting even more expensive treatment, so you should visit us as soon as you notice something is wrong.

Since every dental emergency is different, there is no set cost of treatment. Rest assured that our helpful and friendly team will do our utmost to get you out of pain before going through with any treatment so you can make any decisions with a clear head. We will also minimize your out-of-pocket costs to the best of our ability.