There are a range of dental concerns or emergencies that can arise despite the most diligent of oral hygiene routines. To prevent possible further damage and restore oral health as quickly as possible, it is always best to contact our Baltimore dentist office as soon as possible. We try to see emergencies the same day if deemed necessary and can provide important care advice over the phone to address symptoms and avoid more complex problems.
The sudden loss of a primary tooth due to an accident or trauma is also considered a concern and should be addressed for the benefit of your child’s lifelong dental health.
Tips for Dealing With Common Dental Emergencies
- Broken or missing crown or filling: It is unlikely that the restoration can be reused, but please save it if possible. Do not attempt to glue or reattach the filling or crown.
- Broken or knocked out teeth: If you have a broken or knocked out tooth, please contact our Baltimore dentist office immediately. Retrieve the tooth, if possible, holding it by the crown (the part that is normally exposed in your mouth). You may gently rinse the tooth with water to remove dirt, but do not scrub or remove any tissue fragments that may be attached. The ADA recommends storing the tooth in a small container with your own saliva or milk. Teeth have the greatest chance of being replaced in the socket within one hour of being knocked out. If it cannot be saved, Canton Dental Associates offers a full range of restorative dentistry services such as implants or bridges.
- Tooth Pain: One of the most common oral health concerns is a sudden toothache or tooth pain. There are a number of things that cause a toothache, our first suggestion may be to try brushing or flossing around the tooth to remove any trapped food or other particles. You may also try rinsing with warm water or a diluted salt solution.
- Broken Dentures or Broken Bridge: If possible, save the broken denture or bridge and bring it with you to your appointment. In some cases, dentures and bridges can be repaired. We will evaluate your denture or bridge and make the best recommendation for repair or replacement.