Emergency Dentistry Specialist

North Rockville Dental

General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Rockville, MD

When you have a toothache or the pain of an infection or when you suffer a broken or knocked-out tooth, you need emergency dentistry. Thanh Lam, DDS, at North Rockville Dental accommodates emergency care with same-day appointments that provide quick pain relief and immediate care for your dental problem. Call the office in Rockville, Maryland, as soon as you have a dental emergency, especially if you have a knocked-out tooth — quick action increases the chance of saving the tooth.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

When do I need emergency dental care?

Three symptoms are good signs you have a dental emergency, regardless of the underlying problem: severe pain, loss of a tooth, and bleeding that won’t stop.

A few examples of dental problems that often require emergency care include:

  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Loose permanent tooth
  • Chipped or broken tooth
  • Signs of an infection or abscess (fever, dental or facial pain)
  • Object stuck in the gums or mouth

If you have any doubts about whether your problem is an emergency, call North Rockville Dental, and they’ll help determine whether you need a same-day appointment or you can wait until the next day.

What steps should you take during a dental emergency?

Quick action on your part may help save a damaged tooth. Here are some tips for common dental emergencies:

Knocked-out tooth

Dr. Lam has a better chance of saving the knocked-out tooth if you do three things:

  • Don’t touch the tooth root (only handle the crown)
  • Keep the tooth moist
  • Get dental care within an hour

You can keep the tooth moist by rising it under cool water and placing it back into its socket, holding the tooth between your gums and cheeks, or by putting it in a cup of milk.

Cracked, chipped, or broken tooth

Whether a chipped or broken tooth is an emergency depends on the severity of the injury. It’s an emergency when:

  • The crack is severe
  • A large piece of tooth is gone
  • The inner pulp is exposed

While you wait to see Dr. Lam, avoid chewing and don’t consume foods or beverages that are too hot or cold.

Item stuck in your tongue, gum, or cheek

Don’t try to remove any item that’s firmly stuck in the soft tissues inside your mouth because you may cause more damage to the surrounding tissues.

What is the treatment for a dental emergency?

The treatment provided depends on your emergency. Dr. Lam immediately places a knocked-out tooth back in its socket. In some cases, a quick but temporary restoration is applied, like a temporary dental crown. You then schedule an appointment to get a permanent restoration.

If you have an infection, your immediate treatment may consist of antibiotics so the infection is cleared before dental work is performed.

When you need emergency dentistry, call North Rockville Dental so they can provide dental care as quickly as possible.