Dental emergencies happen everyday, from traumatic tooth injuries to acute dental pain. Whether the cause of your dental trauma is due to an accident or a chronic oral condition, your teeth and gums deserve to receive the proper care as soon as possible. Be sure that you find it faster with our trusted team of emergency dentists in Baltimore. Learn more about types of dental trauma, tooth pain, and orthodontic emergencies we treat at Federal Hill Smiles, and please contact us today to schedule an urgent care appointment if needed.
When a permanent tooth gets knocked out, don't ignore the damage. Tooth injuries and dental trauma requires rapid thinking and immediate action. There are few ways to save an injured tooth unless care is received quickly. Fortunately, you can get fast dental trauma services at our Baltimore clinic, and start the healing process sooner than you would if you opted for an emergency room visit.
If you believe you've suffered some type of dental trauma or have injured one or more teeth, avoid touching the root to minimize the chance of infection. Clean off the chipped or knocked-out tooth with water, using a soft brush and gentle strokes. Once the affected tooth is clean, place it back in its gum socket and temporarily hold it in place with a cotton ball or sterile gauze pad until you can receive emergency dental care. If you can't place the tooth back in its original position in a timely manner, you can tuck it between your cheek and gum, or keep it safe and clean by transporting it in a sealed container of cold milk.
For a more traumatic dental injury, such as a loosened or displaced tooth, treatment needs to occur within six hours to save the tooth. If you experienced uncontrolled bleeding that won't stop, please visit your nearest ER or emergency care provider in Baltimore. Fortunately, at Federal Hill Smiles, our emergency dentists tend to see that the majority of tooth injuries encountered are not so severe that they warrant an ER visit. The most common traumatic dental injuries we treat are chipped teeth, and this injury can be treated if care is received within several hours after the trauma has occurred. If your tooth endures injury that results in chipping or breaks, try to find any pieces that have come off. It might be possible to reattach them with minimal difficult.
Whether you are suffering from a chipped tooth, a loosened tooth, or a knocked-out and displaced tooth, it's important to make an appointment for emergency dental care as soon as possible. Contact our dentists in Baltimore for urgent medical care and we'll do whatever we can to ensure that your traumatic dental injury doesn't result in long-lasting oral damage.
Whether it's acute and comes on suddenly, or you've been dealing with chronic discomfort for an extensive period of time, any type of tooth pain is a serious issue and almost always signals a need for an urgent dental visit. The most common cause of dental pain is tooth decay, which involves a bacterial infection that can spread through many parts of the tooth. If left untreated, tooth infections can even spread into surrounding gum tissue, causing inflammation and gingivitis.
In other instances, acute or recurrent tooth pain indicates that you may need a root canal treatment. This specialized form of oral surgery not only relieves the pain of the affected tooth and gums, but it can also prevent more critical kinds of treatment, such as tooth extraction.
Tooth pain may also be caused by a loose filling, sensitive gums, or a cavity. To find out what's causing your tooth pain, and to ensure it gets treated as soon as possible, please contact us in Baltimore to schedule service at our emergency dental clinic.
The gums are one of the most sensitive parts of the oral cavity, so if you contract an infection or suffer an injury that involves the soft tissues of the mouth, your symptoms may require emergency dental treatment. If you believe you're experiencing the effects of a gum infection or an unhealed gum injury, please schedule emergency service with our local team of oral healthcare providers.
Gum tissue, as well as the tongue and interior cheek lining, can easily be damaged by accidental bites, falls, sports injuries, and scalding liquids such as coffee and tea. Gum injury may also be the result of foreign bodies or infectious agents that become lodged below the gum line. These gingival conditions can develop quickly, produce severely painful symptoms, and, if left untreated, generally lead to serious gum abscesses. A periodontal (gum) abscess is a pus-filled sac caused by an infection, and it is usually quite painful. Abscesses require immediate attention to avoid permanent soft-tissue damage and tooth loss.
Any foreign pathogen lodged beneath the gum line may initially be addressed with dental floss. With clean hands, use a generous strip of floss to gently work out visible debris or pus-filled areas of tissue. A toothpick may be used but is not recommended due to the increased chance of exacerbating infection and inflammation. Self-treatment of a gum injury or gingival infection is very rarely accomplished with ease, so we encourage you to make a dental appointment with us in Baltimore to ensure that the area does not become permanently damaged or critically diseased.
If you are suffering from any kind of injury or infection in your gums, be sure to rinse the affected area with dilute salt water. If there is visible debris or pus around the gum line, these areas should be cleared and cleaned immediately. Bleeding normally occurs, but this can usually be controlled by pressing a clean, damp cotton pad or a sterile gauze strip to the area for 10-15 minutes. If this does not work, go to the emergency room or contact our dentistry immediately.
Although there can be discomfort associated with orthodontic treatment, fortunately, there are only a few true orthodontic emergencies. These include instances of significant trauma or injury to the teeth, face, or mouth, or in surrounding oral areas.
Orthodontic emergencies may be caused by an infection or some kind of physical trauma, and the most common symptoms include swelling of the gums, mouth or face. Sensations of severe pain or unmanageable discomfort in these areas can also be signs of needing emergency dental care. If you are experiencing a situation similar to any of those mentioned, please seek immediate care from the emergency dentist team at Federal Hill Smiles.
For loose, broken or irritating pieces of orthodontic hardware, please call the dental office for advice. These issues are not medical emergencies or any cause for concern, but we recommend contacting our orthodontic specialists to get the inconvenience resolved in a timely and affordable manner.