What Constitutes a Dental Emergency?
This is a common question but a tough one to answer because if you’re in pain, you’ll want immediate relief. Unbearable pain constitutes a dental emergency, and you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Uncontrollable bleeding will need immediate medical attention, also.
What to do If a Tooth Is Knocked Out
A knocked-out tooth is a serious problem that should prompt you to call our office for instructions on what to do. With immediate treatment, teeth that are knocked-out may be saved. Please never touch the root of your tooth; hold it by the crown instead. If there’s dust, dirt, or debris on the tooth, rinse it carefully with milk or saliva; place the knocked-out tooth in a clean container, cover it with milk or saliva, and bring it with you to your appointment.
Once your tooth is back in the socket, we will stabilize it to allow the gums to reattach. To avoid suffering a knocked-out tooth when playing sports, use a mouth guard to protect your teeth.
An infected tooth cannot be ignored as the infection can spread to your bloodstream. At the first sign of an abscessed tooth, please call us to get in right away. If you are unable to get in to see Dr. Bikoi, you must seek medical treatment to control the spread of the infection. Pain medication will only mask the pain but not treat the infection. If you take pain medication and feel better, please still contact us to get the abscessed tooth treated right away.
Stay Calm with Zen Dentistry in Silver Spring
Staying calm is easier said than done, but we encourage you to call us so we can provide instructions on how to handle your dental emergency. The more quickly we act, the more successful we can be at saving your teeth.
Once you arrive at Artistic Family Dentistry of Silver Spring, Dr. Bikoi and her team will help you get calm and relaxed as quickly as possible so treatment can begin. With a number of amenities to make you comfortable during your time with us, we hope to have you fixed up and on your way in no time at all.
You may enjoy one of themed rooms like the “Beach Room” or “Tropical Rainforest Room” or may be lulled into a calmer state by our pianist on our baby grand piano. By providing a whole-body sensory experience, we hope to deliver a pleasant dental experience to ease your discomfort.
For dental emergencies and all other dental needs, please call us at (240) 641-5828 or fill out our online contact form to ask questions or schedule a new patient appointment.