Dental emergencies can be unpleasant, and they seem to happen at the most inopportune times. When you’re in need of assistance, don’t hesitate to contact Goodman Dental Care in Annapolis, MD as soon as possible. Our team will do everything in our power to see you on the same day as your initial call. If your emergency occurs after-hours, our answering machine will provide you with a phone number for one of the doctors. We can also provide guidance over the phone to assist you in managing your emergency until you are able to be seen in the office.
When a dental emergency occurs, the first thing you should do is give our office a call. Not only do you get the chance to schedule an emergency appointment (ideally for the same day), we can also help you stabilize your condition until you do in fact get to our office. In some cases, this can make the difference between saving a tooth and needing to replace it with a dental implant. After you do, take note of the following tips to improve your condition.
If you're experiencing a toothache, try flossing around the affected tooth to see if any debris might be causing your discomfort. If you don't find anything and your discomfort persists, call our office for an appointment.
If you've just cracked or chipped a tooth, stay calm and give us a call to notify us of your situation. Then, after rinsing your mouth with water, apply a cold compress to the affected area to minimize swelling.
If you've just lost one of your permanent teeth, please call us right away to alert us to your situation. When addressed in a timely manner, reattachment may be possible. But until we can see you, we recommend holding your tooth in the socket it came from, if you can. Otherwise, store your tooth in a bag of milk.
If you've recently received a temporary crown, or a tooth filling, and it's fallen out (something that's been known to happen with temporary crowns), our Annapolis office can help. Give us a call and we'll be happy to schedule a time for you to have it reattached. In the meantime, you can temporarily reattach your crown by using a small amount of denture adhesive. But please remember, this is only a temporary solution.
For other emergencies, like a broken jaw or a bleeding tongue or lip, you should visit your local emergency room first before calling us. If you have any dental needs associated with these emergencies, we'll be happy to help you with them afterwards.
Most dental emergencies can be avoided if you maintain a few simple habits. For example, brushing, flossing and routine cleanings and checkups can help you avoid a majority of dental disease. Additionally, those who play contact sports or suffer from chronic teeth grinding need to have a dedicated oral appliance to prevent damage to tooth enamel. Furthermore, there is no circumstance where you should be using your teeth as a tool, such as when you’re opening packages.
Determining an exact cost for your treatment can be quite difficult without having you come into the practice for closer examination. Once you do, we can perform a more detailed examination and confirm which treatment is needed to get you out of pain. Simple treatments, such as decay removal and a crown will be more affordable than more complex treatments, such as a root canal to address an oral infection. No matter what the costs are, we’ll help you build a treatment plan that resolves your dental emergency in a reasonable way.