Emergency Dentistry – Annapolis, MD
Don’t Put Off Your Dental Emergency!
When a dental emergency occurs, the last thing you should do is put off treatment. Unlike other areas of the body, that cracked tooth or oral infection is not going to get better with time. The only way to remove your discomfort or keep your natural tooth is by getting treatment by one of our dentists at Neil W Vanik, DDS PA. Here, we can confirm the state of your oral health, get you out of pain, and create a treatment plan that works for you. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, we’ll do everything possible to get you in the same day for emergency dentistry in Annapolis, MD, so don’t wait to call!
Why Choose Neil W Vanik, DDS PA for Emergency Dentistry?
- Root Canal Therapy Performed In-House
- Relaxing and Accommodating Dental Office Environment
- Professional Dentists and Team Dedicated to Same-Day Care
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Most dental emergencies fall into two categories. They are caused by either a long-term issue (e.g., oral infection, tooth decay) or sudden trauma (e.g., bad fall or sports injury). Both can be treated at our dental office. Just make sure to call and schedule an appointment so we can get you seen as soon as possible. Until you do get to our dental office, take a few moments to stabilize your condition by performing the steps mentioned below. The steps listed will vary depending on the emergency you’re experiencing.
Use dental floss to remove potential food debris between your teeth. If the pain does not go away, take ibuprofen. Do not take aspirin because this can cause a burning sensation if it makes direct contact with your tooth. Treatment may include removal of decay and filling placement or root canal therapy if you have an oral infection.
Collect any pieces of the tooth that you can and bring them to our dental office for examination. Use a cold compress to alleviate any swelling that’s present. Remove and reapply the compress in 10-minute intervals to avoid damaging your facial tissue. As long as the tooth hasn’t cracked passed the gum line, we should be able to place a crown. However, severe damage may require an outright extraction.
Stay calm and do your best to locate the tooth. Once found, pick it up by the crown portion only. Avoid touching the root and do not remove any tissue still attached. After rinsing your mouth out and gently rinsing the tooth, place it back into its socket. If not possible, keep the tooth in a container of milk, salt water, or saliva. Get to our dental office within the hour to improve your chances of reimplantation.
Locate the restoration and use either dental cement, denture adhesive, or sugarless gum to reseat it. If not possible, avoid eating or chewing on that side of your mouth. If pain is present, take ibuprofen. When you arrive at our dental office, we’ll need to create a new crown to prevent bacteria exposure.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Preventing dental emergencies is not much different than prevention in general. Brushing twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste, flossing daily, and committing to two routine dental appointments per year are the best methods for preventing dental decay and oral infections. However, those who grind their teeth or play contact sports will need to wear an oral appliance. Furthermore, you should never use your teeth as a tool nor chew on hard things like ice cubes. Both actions can cause teeth to crack or chip.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
When you come in for treatment, we’ll need to perform a detailed examination of your emergency and determine from there what the best treatment should be. Until that happens, it can be difficult to provide an exact cost. Minor issues may only need a dental filling, but more severe ones may require root canal therapy and a dental crown. Regardless of the cost, putting off treatment only increases the risk that you’ll need additional treatment to maintain your oral health. By getting care now, you avoid these additional expenses and discomfort.
Dental Emergency Frequently Asked Questions
As an emergency dentist, Dr. Vanik is always ready to see patients who are experiencing a dental crisis. Whether it is a knocked-out tooth, soft tissue injury, or a serious tooth infection, he and his team can provide the right method of treatment to ensure your oral health is not impacted on a long-term basis. But before a visual exam is performed or a treatment plan is created, he has opted to compile some frequently asked questions about dental emergencies to help give you additional insight on the topic. From where to go and how to manage pain to insurance coverage and what to do while on vacation, he has the answers for you.
Why is it better to see a dentist than go to the ER?
Unless you are experiencing serious facial trauma that has resulted in a broken or fractured jaw, increased swelling, or continuous bleeding from the mouth, seeing an emergency dentist will always prove more beneficial. Here’s why:
Instead of waiting many hours in an ER lobby, you will have a designated appointment time to come in and see Dr. Vanik. Not only will he already have your health and medical history information, but he can quickly examine your situation and recommend a treatment plan that will address more than just the symptoms. A general doctor at the ER will have none of this information and be unable to offer personalized care. Your dentist is the ideal individual to get your oral health back on track.
What should I do if I experience a dental emergency while on vacation?
Dental emergencies don’t always happen when you’re minutes away from the dentist’s office. Should you find yourself out of town on vacation, you may want to find a local dental professional to address the problem. Depending on the severity, you might decide to wait until you return home, but if it’s an infection, knocked-out tooth, or you are in serious pain, it is best to call and alert our dental office of the situation while receiving help from a dentist nearby.
What can I do to minimize pain?
How you manage your pain is dependent upon what is causing it to occur in the first place. If there is something lodged between your teeth, a quick, yet, gentle swipe with dental floss can usually take care of the problem. However, if the pain is deep down within a tooth or caused by something other than a stuck object, it is best to use an over-the-counter pain reliever and cold compress to reduce discomfort.
Will my dental insurance cover my emergency visit?
Before moving forward with any type of treatment, you will need to contact your dental insurance representative and ask them about coverage and out of pocket expenses. If this is too difficult for you, one of our friendly staff members will be happy to work on your behalf.
The amount your dental insurance company will agree to cover is based on the type of care you need. They are more likely to cover 70-80% of the cost if you need a dental crown, whereas, they might only pay 50-70% of the cost should you require a root canal.