Aspen Hill Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies are quite frightening and often painful. Prompt treatment is almost always required to alleviate pain and to ensure the teeth have the best possible chance of survival. Dr. Henry Blank is equipped to handle all types of dental emergency care so if you are in need of an emergency dentist in Aspen Hill, it is important to contact us at the first sign of complications. We understand that after hours dental emergencies can and do happen, so we try to make sure we are accessible at all times. On the rare occasion that you cannot reach one of our staff in an emergency situation, we recommend you proceed immediately to the nearest hospital emergency room.
Sometimes, teeth become fractured by trauma, grinding, or biting on hard objects. In other cases, fillings, crowns, and other restorative devices can be damaged or fall out of the mouth completely. If there is severe pain, it is essential to contact our office immediately. The pain caused by dental emergencies almost always gets worse without treatment, and dental issues can seriously jeopardize physical health.
What's Considered A Dental Emergency?
There is never a problem too big or too small for us to handle. Even if you’re considering whether or not to come in for a minor emergency, we can get you in to be seen to put your mind at ease. Some of the most common emergencies that are seen include:
- Pain, abscesses and infections
- Lost restorations (bridges, crowns, veneers, fillings)
- Orthodontic emergencies (broken brackets, cracked aligners, loose wires)
- Broken or cracked prosthetic appliances (dentures and partials)
- Cracked, fractured, chipped or broken teeth
Tips for Dealing With Common Dental Emergencies
- Broken or missing crown or filling: It is unlikely that the restoration can be reused, but please save it if possible. Do not attempt to glue or reattach the dental filling or dental crown.
- Broken or knocked out teeth: If you have a broken or knocked out tooth, please contact our office immediately. Retrieve the tooth, if possible, holding it by the crown (the part that is normally exposed in your mouth). You may gently rinse the tooth with water to remove dirt, but do not scrub or remove any tissue fragments that may be attached. The ADA recommends storing the tooth in a small container with your own saliva or milk. Teeth have the greatest chance of being replaced in the socket within one hour of being knocked out. If it cannot be saved, our practice offers a full range of restorative dentistry services such as dental implants or dental bridges.
- Tooth Pain: One of the most common oral health concerns is a sudden toothache or tooth pain. There are a number of things that cause a toothache, our first suggestion may be to try brushing or flossing around the tooth to remove any trapped food or other particles. You may also try rinsing with warm water or a diluted salt solution.
- Broken Dentures or Broken Bridge: If possible, save the broken denture or bridge and bring it with you to your appointment. In some cases, dentures and bridges can be repaired. We will evaluate your denture or bridge and make the best recommendation for repair or replacement
Contact Our Aspen Hill Emergency Dentist
Dr. Blank sets aside special time for emergency patients so we can get you in as quickly as possible. Contact us now so we can book the earliest possible appointment for you. We are your Aspen Hill emergency dentist, and we are here for you!