In the event of a dental emergency, please contact Horizon Family Dental Care. Our professional dental team will help you receive dental services as soon as possible. Emergency dentistry is a type of general dental care in that it can help prevent immediate and future oral health problems. Addressing broken or missing teeth and restorations, as well as abnormal changes in your oral health, can stop the development of severe dental issues. We provide emergency dentistry services to patients in our Baltimore, La Plata, Hanover, and Clinton, MD dental offices.
Common Dental Emergencies
At all of our Horizon Family Dental Care locations, we treat patients with these dental emergencies:
- Knocked-Out Permanent Teeth: If you have just lost a permanent tooth, try to locate it and hold it by the crown, or top. Rinse the tooth in cool water and transport it to our office in a cup of cold milk. Do not try to replace the tooth in its socket, as this can damage the tooth. Our team may be able to reattach the tooth if we receive it in time. However, if the tooth cannot be reattached, we will recommend a dental implant. Dental implants are durable posts that are capped off with tooth crowns to replace missing teeth.
- Broken and Injured Teeth: Visit our office if you have broken or fractured a tooth. We can provide you with porcelain veneers, tooth bonding treatment, or a dental crown. Veneers and dental bonding are similar treatments. Porcelain veneers are shells that cover the front of teeth, while dental bonding material is shaped onto the enamel. Dental crowns fully cover teeth and are best for more extensive areas of damage.
- Excessive Bleeding: Although it is normal for bleeding to occur after a dental procedure, excessive bleeding is abnormal. Please call our office if your tooth socket continues to bleed after the first day. It is normal for an extraction site to bleed for several hours, and a blood clot usually forms after a procedure such as a tooth extraction. Additionally, some patients may have frequently bleeding gums after they brush and floss. While this is not a sign of a dental emergency, it is a sign of gum inflammation. Schedule a routine dental visit for a cleaning to prevent further signs of gum disease.
- Broken Dental Restorations: Contact us if you have broken a dental bridge, denture, tooth crown, or other dental restoration. It is important to receive a replacement, even a temporary one, as soon as possible. Broken dental restorations can impact the bite and cause discomfort and pain. We can work with you to create a durable replacement that looks and functions like natural teeth.
Contact Horizon Family Dental Care
If you do not have a dental emergency, you can schedule a dental appointment with our team on our website. Please let us know if you have questions about your dental concerns or are unsure if you have an emergency. We will recommend the best mode of treatment for you.