General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Bethesda, MD & Germantown, MD
When you experience a dental emergency, you need a team you can trust. Turn to the experienced emergency dentists at Supertooth™ located in Bethesda, Gaithersburg & Germantown, Maryland. The practice keeps openings in the daily schedule to accommodate last-minute emergencies. Whether it’s a sports injury or an accident, never hesitate to call the staff for guidance following a dental emergency. If you need an emergency appointment, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Emergency Dentist Q & A
What is an emergency dentist?
An emergency dentist treats dental and mouth injuries requiring immediate attention. It’s not always easy to determine if what you’re experiencing is grounds to call your emergency dentist, but emergency dental situations usually involve saving knocked-out or broken teeth, soft tissue injuries, and bleeding.
The time immediately following a dental emergency is critical. Getting to Supertooth™ within 30 minutes of your mouth or tooth injury can mean the difference between saving and losing your tooth. That’s where the expertise of your emergency dentist comes into play.
Have I experienced a dental emergency?
Whenever you are concerned about a severe mouth injury or condition for yourself or a member of your family, it’s a good idea to seek immediate emergency dental care. Some of the most common dental emergencies patients experience include:
- Knocked-out teeth
- A loose permanent tooth
- Intense tooth or mouth pain
- Bleeding from your tongue, gums, or cheeks
- An injury to your mouth or face
- Swelling in your mouth, gums, or tongue
- A severely cracked or broken tooth
- A laceration or tear on your lips
If you chip your tooth and it doesn’t seem like you’ll lose the whole tooth, it may not be a dental emergency. However, never hesitate to consult one of the experienced Supertooth™ team members. They'll help you better understand how to care for your tooth until you’re able to come in for a visit.
What should I do with a knocked-out tooth?
Responding quickly to a dental emergency like a knocked-out tooth is very important. Without immediate dental care, there's a good chance you'll lose the tooth permanently. In this type of situation, clean both your injured tooth and inside your mouth. Rinse your mouth and tooth with lukewarm water. Avoid touching or holding your tooth's roots.
Hold the tooth by the crown, which is the white top part, as you rinse it. Using light pressure, reposition your cleaned tooth in the empty socket in your gum. Bite down softly on a gauze pad to hold the tooth in place until you can make it to the office.
If your tooth can't be put back in the empty socket, store it in a small cup of cold milk. Milk helps preserve the roots until you’re able to come back into the office.
If you’ve recently experienced a dental emergency, call the office immediately or schedule a visit online.