know the signs
what is a dental emergency?
A dental emergency is anything involving excessive bleeding, extreme pain, swelling, or a knocked out tooth. If you are experiencing any of these situations, call today and come in for a same-day appointment. Our Baltimore team will do everything we can to get you out of pain and smiling again.
What are the most common
There are quite a few different dental issues that count as emergencies. Some of the most common emergencies include bleeding gums, toothaches and tooth infections, and knocked-out or loose teeth. Let’s take a look at these now.
How do I care for
Severe gum bleeding can often be caused by traumatic oral injuries, such as a slip and fall or a hard hit in a contact sport that results in cuts and lacerations to the gums and oral tissue. If the bleeding does not stop or slow within an hour, you should see Dr. Dawn Merguerian for care right away. You may need to have the area disinfected and sutured shut to promote proper healing and prevent infection.
toothaches & Tooth Infections
Toothaches usually indicate a deep cavity or even a tooth infection. If your tooth is hurting a lot and the pain persists for 1-2 days or longer, you need to see Dr. Murguerian for same-day care right away. She will examine the tooth and determine if it’s decayed or infected, and take appropriate steps such as placing a dental filling, or treating your tooth with root canal therapy and a dental crown.
How do I care for
Loose or knocked-out teeth
If your tooth is loose due to an oral injury, come to our Baltimore office right away. Do not play with the tooth or move it around using your fingers or tongue. You need to see Dr. Merguerian within 1-2 hours to have your tooth splinted to the adjacent teeth so that it can heal.
The same steps must be taken for knocked-out teeth. You need to see Dr. Merguerian immediately. Recover your tooth, grabbing it by the top (crown) not the bottom (root). Rinse it off, and put it in a container of cold milk or back into the socket.
Then, come see Dr. Merguerian immediately to have it splinted in place so that it can heal. If you do not get help within 1-2 hours, the tooth will die and Dr. Merguerian will not be able to replace it, so time is of the essence.
what to do
in a dental emergency
The most important thing to do if you’ve experienced a dental injury is to stay calm and schedule a same-day emergency appointment immediately. If your tooth has been knocked out, only handle it by the crown and keep it moist by holding it in your mouth next to your cheek. While you wait for your same-day appointment, you can relieve pain by using a cold compress. Call us now to schedule an emergency appointment.
don't wait for care
we offer same-day appointments
As a part of our commitment to quality, compassionate dental care in Baltimore, we offer same-day appointments to get our patients out of pain. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, we do our best to get you in as soon as possible, and our compassionate team is always standing by to help. Visit our office or call us now to schedule an appointment.
$149 Emergency Special for New Patients
At Waterfront Dental, we don’t think that money should ever come between you and your dental health, especially in an emergency. We off for all of our patients to help keep your care at a cost you are comfortable with, and we are in network with a wide array of insurance companies. Give us a call or visit our office and the compassionate, friendly Waterfront Dental team will go over which options are best for you.
Emergency special for new patients!
For patients new to our practice, we offer a $149 special which includes x-rays and exam. If we have to take a panoramic x-ray fee would be $199.
The Importance of
Immediate Dental Care
Immediate dental care for emergencies is important for a few reasons. First and foremost, it helps you get relief from your pain and discomfort. If you have an infected, broken, or knocked out tooth, you may be in extreme pain, and have trouble going about your day-to-day tasks. Dr. Merguerian can permanently treat and restore your tooth, and allow you to get back to your normal routine.
In addition, you will be able to avoid future complications that could be even more painful and require complex, expensive treatment. For example, if you get help for a knocked-out tooth right away, it can be replaced and heal naturally. If you don’t save your tooth in time, you may need to have it replaced with a partial denture, dental bridge, or dental implant. All of these treatments are much more expensive and time-consuming compared to simply replacing the tooth after it’s been knocked out.
For these reasons, you need to get help as soon as you experience a dental emergency in Baltimore. Call us at (410) 505-0551 to get emergency care from Dr. Dawn Merguerian right away.