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Dental Emergency FAQs
If you are experiencing a dental emergency near Rockville MD, the first thing you should do is call us at 301-424-2030, or text our after-hours number at 240-277-4221. Here are some FAQs for you to read thru. We can also be reached online here.
While you are contacting us, there are a few steps you can take to ensure that your tooth pain or tooth emergency does not get any worse. Read our FAQs to discover how you can address major concerns while you contact your Rockville MD dentist, Dr. Norkiewicz.
At Rockville Dental Arts we schedule emergency time throughout the day. Whether your dental pain or broken tooth happens in the morning or in the afternoon we always have time to see you! We also cater to dental emergencies and are the quickest and most painless emergency dentist Rockville MD. Most dental emergencies are fixed in under an hour!
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Problem: You have Tooth Pain
The #1 culprit of dental emergencies is generalized tooth pain usually from the teeth and gums. If you are experiencing a dull, achy or sharp stabbing pain in the tooth usually it is a result of a bad tooth or nerve pain. This can happen from decay in your tooth that eats its way into the pulp or nerve area of the tooth. The best short term remedy for tooth pain is to take 800mg of Ibuprofen every 6 hours and alternate with 500mg of Tylenol. The pain can be caused by hot or cold to biting pressure. Usually the anti inflammatory medicine will dull the pain until you can get to a dentist. Do not go to the emergency room! The doctors on staff are not trained to handle dental pain and will only waste your time and give you pain medicine as we just described. After taking the pain medicine contact us to see if there is anything else you can do and make an appointment to come in right away! Seek emergency dental care within a day or two as the tooth will most likely need a root canal or extraction. The pain medication will help the pain relief subside in the meantime. Some home remedies include applying a cold compress to the affected side to help alleviate tooth pain. Avoid brushing and flossing the area as that may cause additional discomfort.
Problem: Gum Swelling
If your gum is swollen around your tooth or in your face or cheek then the likely cause is from a tooth infection or it’s a sign of gum disease. You will need to see a dentist right away because you will need to go on antibiotics to control the infection and prevent the infection from entering your blood stream. Call us immediately if you have swollen gum tissues. Swelling can be caused from a cracked tooth or from a root canal problem, but either way the prognosis of the tooth is not good if the infection is that bad. Regular dental health is important to prevent problems like this from occurring. Avoid alcohol and tobacco as this may make your swollen gums worse off. Call your dentist immediately.
Problem: Lock Jaw
Sometimes your jaw can become locked open or locked closed. If you are experiencing lock jaw then you need to see a dentist right away to fix your TMJ. Dentists are trained to handle lock jaw cases. Usually some gentle massage or an anterior deprogrammer will help alleviate the lock jaw and the jaw pain associated with it. To prevent it from happening again our dentists will recommend that you wear an occlusal orthotic, also known as a night guard. Our dentists are trained to fit you for these and help prevent lock jaw from ever happening again!
Problem: Your tooth was totally knocked out.
If you have an injury to the teeth whereby a toot is totally knocked out then first and foremost find the tooth. Quick fix: Pick up the tooth by the top or around the sides – never touch the roots if you can help it. Rinse it off very carefully without scrubbing, just to remove any dirt from where it fell. Put the tooth with the roots down back into the socket it came from, and gently bite down to hold it in place. If this won’t work, put the tooth in a cup of milk and then get to the Rockville emergency dentist right away. Contact us for an emergency dental care appointment asap. This type of dental problem needs immediate attention.
Problem: Your tooth was knocked out of place, but is still connected to the gum.
Quick fix: If your tooth is sticking out funny, but still connected to your gums, try pushing the tooth back into place, and then bite down gently to keep the tooth from moving. Rinse your mouth with warm water and take some form of pain relievers. If this causes you pain, stop and call us right away. We offer emergency dentistry for this exact scenario. Dental emergencies are never planned. They happen when you least expect them. We hope these FAQs have been helpful.
Other Dental Emergency FAQs
The two issues listed above need to be addressed right away. There are other common dental emergencies such as:
- Cracked or chipped tooth
- Wound on your cheek, lip, tongue, etc.
- Issue with a crown or other restoration
These may not be emergencies. Call or text us if you are not sure.
If you are:
- Bleeding from the mouth
- In severe pain due to the injury
- Have loose or knocked out teeth
- Have swelling, bulges, or knots on your mouth or gums
…then you should call us for an emergency appointment.