Dental Emergencies

NOTE: These instructions do not represent the medical advice of our dental office, always refer to your personalized pre or post-op instructions given to you by our office or call us at 443-808-1958 for dental advice.

Emergency care is available to our patients at all times.

If you have a dental emergency during regular office hours, call 410-956-5555 or 301-261-7878 to speak to one of our Patient Care Coordinators.

If your emergency occurs when our office is closed, call 410-956-5555 or 301-261-7878 to hear instructions on how to contact our on-call doctor.

Life comes at us fast and it can sometimes be hard to keep up. It’s important to prepare for emergency scenarios so that when one does occur, we are better prepared for it. Dental emergencies can be shocking and confusing so we have compiled a list of common dental emergencies below and a description of what to do in each case. Most important when dealing with a dental emergency is to stay calm, help where you can, and dial 911 in the case of life threatening circumstances.

Avulse (Knocked Out) Teeth

The most frequent dental emergency is avulsed teeth. If you experience having a tooth knocked out, or witness someone having a tooth knocked out here is what you should know.

Try to find the tooth that has been knocked out and only handle it by the crown (chewing end). Avulsed teeth should never be handled by the broken end. Rinse the tooth with water to clean any debris off. Keep the tooth moist for transport using one of the following methods:

  • Place the tooth back into the mouth between gum and cheek;A container full of milk
  • Use an ADA approved tooth preservation product

As soon as the tooth is clean and ready for transport, get the patient to our office immediately. We are always available for dental emergencies. Our contact info is located at the bottom of the page.

Cracked Tooth

If a tooth is severely cracked, rinse the mouth out with a warm water to keep it clean. Use a cold compress to help with any swelling and contact us immediately.

Toothaches

Inspect the area around the tooth for food or objects that may be stuck between teeth or in the gums. Only use floss to remove food from the gums, never sharp objects or metal tools.

Lacerations

When you bite your cheek or tongue, or experience a cut in your mouth it is important not to take products that can thin your blood such as aspirin. Rinse your mouth out with warm water and apply a cold compress. If the bleeding does not stop within 15 minutes, call us and let us know that you will be coming in with a laceration.

Prevent Dental Emergencies with Good Preparation

Many dental emergencies can be prevented with some preparation. A huge portion of dental emergencies are caused while participating in sporting events. Wear a mouth guard whenever taking part in a physical activity where your teeth might be at risk.

Don’t ever use your teeth as tools to open packaging. Biting your fingernails is not only a bad habit, it can chip and crack teeth. Avoid chewing on hard items like candy and ice cubes.

Emergency care is available to our patients at all times.

If you have a dental emergency during regular office hours, call 410-956-5555 or 301-261-7878 to speak to one of our Patient Care Coordinators.

If your emergency occurs when our office is closed, call 410-956-5555 or 301-261-7878 to hear instructions on how to contact our on-call doctor. If you experience a serious injury do not hesitate to call 911 or go to the emergency room immediately.