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What Is Considered a Dental Emergency?

A dental emergency is a severe or acute dental or oral health issue that will get worse without immediate medical care. Examples of dental emergencies are severe tooth pain, fever, a broken or chipped tooth, a missing tooth, a dental abscess or infection, and trauma or injury to the mouth, teeth, or jaw. If you don’t get emergency dental care quickly enough, your risk of infection, permanent tooth loss, or disfigurement increases. At Dr. Batz & Weiner Family Dentistry, we specialize in general and emergency dentistry services. We can handle knocked-out teeth, abscesses, broken or chipped teeth, broken crowns, infections, tooth extractions, and more. We will quickly assess the severity of your dental emergency, offer pain relief, and do everything we can to save your tooth and protect your health. Call today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced emergency dentists in Laurel, MD.

What Should You Do When You Need Emergency Dental Care?

Emergency Dental Service in Laurel, MD

If you have a dental emergency, you should seek immediate care from an emergency dentist or dental emergency clinic. When you call our emergency dentistry line, we will fit you in for an appointment as quickly as possible. We may give you instructions for managing pain, reducing the risk of infection, and preserving the health of your teeth before you come in for your appointment. Do not ever take aspirin for pain if you have an injury that is bleeding or if there is a chance you will need oral surgery, as aspirin is a blood thinner and can cause excessive bleeding. Watch for these dental emergency symptoms and call us immediately if you or someone in your family experiences any of them:

  • Cracked or broken tooth.
  • Severe swelling of the gums, cheeks, jaw, or face.
  • Tooth pain that lasts longer than a few days.
  • Tooth, jaw, or mouth pain combined with a fever.
  • Missing or knocked out tooth.
  • Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth.
  • Injury to the jaw, mouth, gums, tongue, or teeth.
  • Signs of a dental or oral infection or abscess.
  • Severe bleeding of the gums or mouth.

The Most Common Types of Dental Emergencies We See

With more than 30 years of experience as emergency dentists, we have seen every type of dental emergency possible. Our goal is to protect your teeth and gums, prevent infection or other complications, save your tooth, if possible, offer pain relief, and restore your smile. We treat patients of all ages and offer sedation dentistry services to maintain your comfort and safety while providing emergency dental care. The most common types of dental emergencies we treat are:

  • Broken Jaw – A broken, or injured jaw can also cause injury or damage to your teeth and gums. We will immediately take x-rays to assess the damage and then work quickly to offer pain relief and a treatment plan that sets the bone and reduces the risk of disfigurement.
  • Knocked-Out Tooth/TeethIf you seek emergency dental care quickly enough, a knocked-out tooth can be preserved and re-implanted. If a tooth gets knocked out, try to place it back in the socket as quickly as possible or place it between your cheek and gum. You can also put it in a glass of milk. Then, come into our office as quickly as possible so that we can assess the tooth and determine if it is still viable.
  • Fractured or Broken Teeth – Teeth can become fractured or broken due to injury, trauma, assault, a fall, a sports accident, a bicycle or vehicle accident, or wear and tear. We can assess your tooth and determine if it can be saved and restored or if you would benefit more from a tooth extraction and dental implant. We also offer broken crown repair.
  • Swollen Face and Toothaches – A toothache combined with swelling and/or a fever could indicate a dental abscess or infection. Without treatment, an infection can spread throughout your bloodstream and affect other areas of your body. We will work quickly to determine the cause of the pain and swelling, offer pain relief, and treat the underlying injury and infection.
  • Soft Tissue Damage – Soft tissue damage includes injury to the gums, jaw, cheeks, or mouth. You may experience bruising, swelling, bleeding, tenderness, and dull or acute pain.

Call Us Today for Emergency Dental Services

If you think you’re experiencing a dental care emergency in Laurel, MD, don’t risk your health and safety by ignoring your symptoms. Call our emergency dental services line to schedule an emergency dentistry appointment. Our team will quickly assess your injury or symptoms, provide helpful instructions, and schedule the soonest possible appointment. At Dr. Batz & Weiner Family Dentistry, we work quickly to provide efficient, effective, and safe emergency dentistry services to preserve your smile and reduce the risk of complications and discomfort. We also specialize in oral surgery and cosmetic and restorative dentistry, including dental implants, dental fillings and crowns, dental bridges, veneers, and dentures.

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