When You REALLY Need a Dentist
Dental emergencies often happen at the most inconvenient times. Suddenly, you’ve got pain in a tooth and it steadily gets worse while you’re at work. Or you hear an unexpected crunch while eating supper and discover that you’ve fractured a tooth!
Gilbart Dental Care offers emergency dental services at all three Maryland locations – Frederick, hagerstown, and Ellicott City. We’re there when you need us.
Dental emergencies really are emergencies. Just as with any emergency that might send you to the emergency room, time is crucial. The faster you receive professional care, the less suffering you’ll experience and the greater the chance that the emergency can be handled without you losing a tooth or having to have surgery.
Types of Dental Emergencies
All of the following qualify as dental emergencies. In any emergency, the most important thing is to seek care quickly. Call one of our offices immediately: our Frederick, MD location at 240-513-7523, our Hagerstown, MD location at 240-347-0910, or our Ellicott City, MD location at 240-347-0614. We can often schedule a same-day emergency appointment, but we guarantee we’ll work you into our schedule as soon as possible. If your emergency occurs after business hours and you need immediate assistance, please call the number listed on our answering machine.
Until you see Dr. Gilbart, there are common-sense steps you can take to help yourself, and we’ll discuss those.
A tooth has broken
Having a tooth break doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to need a dental crown to protect it. Carefully gather up all the pieces of the tooth; Dr. Gilbart may be able to rebond your tooth which is faster and less expensive than a dental crown. Take care not to chew with that tooth to avoid further damage.
A tooth has been knocked out or has fallen out for any reason
A tooth that has come out of its socket can often be re-inserted into the socket. The most important thing is to never touch the root. If need be, rinse the tooth under clear water. Take care note of how it’s supposed to be positioned in your mouth, and then gently attempt to put it back into its socket. If that fails, keep the tooth moist (milk is excellent for this) until you can be seen. Dr. Gilbart can often succeed in re-inserting your tooth.
One or more teeth have severe decay
Pain in a tooth that’s otherwise intact usually indicates infection. It’s important to be seen in our office as quickly as possible to have the best chance of saving your tooth. In most cases, Dr. Gilbart can remove the infection using a root canal procedure and then place a dental crown to protect the tooth.
One or more teeth are loose
Permanent adult teeth should remain firmly rooted in your jaws unless they’ve been loosened due to accident. Otherwise, there’s an underlying problem that need professional evaluation. It’s important to keep those loose teeth in their sockets until you can been seen. That may mean not chewing on them, and it certainly means to not wiggle loose teeth with your tongue or a finger.
You’ve lost a filling or a crown
Losing either a filling or a crown potentially exposes the tooth to infection from the bacteria in your mouth. Crowns can often simply be placed back on the tooth until you can be seen. Be careful not to accidentally swallow it, which can also happen when you sleep. Regardless, contact our office immediately.
You’ve suffered substantial tissue damage to the tongue, cheeks, or gums
Cuts inside the mouth are usually due to accident. The first thing is to try to stop any bleeding. If you can’t stop the bleeding in a reasonable amount of time, go at once to your local emergency room.
You have a lot dental pain of any kind, especially when chewing
If you’ve not been in an accident, dental pain usually indicates infection in the tooth or teeth. This is not something you should try to tough out. The infection can spread to the roots and cause your teeth to fall out. Call our office at once.
We’re Here for You in an Emergency.
Our immediate goals in an emergency are to remove your pain and assess the underlying problem. We’ll do everything we can to preserve your natural teeth. If that’s not possible, we offer great-looking teeth replacement options that will restore your ability to smile and to eat comfortably.
For any dental emergency, contact one of our three Maryland offices immediately. You can reach our Frederick, MD location at 240-513-7523. You can reach our Hagerstown, MD location at 240-347-0910. You can reach our Ellicott City, MD location at 240-347-0614. While we don’t recommend it for emergency situations, you can also use our online form to send us a message.