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.
We treat a wide variety of dental emergencies at our office, so don’t assume your dental emergency will get better on its own or that it’s not a big deal. In some cases, visiting our office for an appointment can make the difference between saving a tooth and needing to replace it with a dental implant. If you experience any of the following dental emergencies below, don’t hesitate to get in touch!
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 evaluation 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.
You can avoid many dental emergencies simply by maintaining a few simple habits. After all, even though broken or decayed teeth can often be treated and saved, it’s better for your oral health if you can stop them from being damaged in the first place. Below are a few simple steps you can take that will decrease your risk of needing to call our office for emergency care in the future. If you’d like additional tips for protecting your oral health, let us know at your next appointment.
This is one of the simplest steps you can take to avoid a dental emergency: simply make time twice a year to visit our office for a checkup and cleaning. These visits allow us to identify and stop oral health problems like cavities and gum disease as early as possible. They also allow us to clean your teeth and take other measures to prevent oral health issues from happening in the first place!
You should take the time to brush your teeth at least two times every day – once in the morning and once in the evening. Brushing regularly helps remove the food particles and bacteria that can cause decay and infection in your mouth. You should also floss at least once every day; it’s the most reliable way to clean the spaces between your teeth that a toothbrush normally wouldn’t be able to reach. If you’d like to be as diligent as possible, you can finish off your oral hygiene routine by rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash.
Drinking a soda or eating a cookie every once in a while is not going to lead to an immediate dental disaster. However, repeatedly exposing your teeth to sugary or acidic foods and beverages can be very bad for your enamel and leave it badly weakened. Try to minimize your intake of such treats and introduce more smile-friendly foods into your diet. Crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples and carrots are great examples, as they help clean your teeth and gums while you’re chewing them.
Many dental injuries occur while playing high-contact sports. When participating in such activities, make sure that you’re wearing a customized mouthguard to keep your teeth safe. If you have bruxism (a condition where you involuntarily clench and grind your teeth at night), then you should also invest in a nightguard that will protect your enamel from being worn down or damaged in your sleep.
Tearing open containers, packages, and bags with your teeth might seem like a time-saver now, but it could cost you in the long run. Using your teeth as tools can significantly wear them down, and sooner or later you may find yourself with a chipped or cracked tooth. Always take the time to find scissors or something else designed to open a stubborn container instead of putting your teeth at risk.