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Emergency Dentistry – Greenbelt, MD

I Am In Pain & Need Help

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Life is full of unexpected surprises, and as we all know by now, many of them can be quite unpleasant. If you or a loved one suddenly find yourselves in need of immediate dental care, know that you can always turn to our emergency dentist in Greenbelt, MD. McCarl Dental Group is able to arrange same-day emergency dental appointments for patients in most cases, so we can get you out of pain and back to their normal lives as quickly as possible.

Why Choose McCarl Dental Group for Emergency Dental Care?

  • Same-day appointments available for emergency patients
  • Able to provide both emergency root canals & extractions
  • Kind, compassionate, & experienced team

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Common Dental Emergencies & How to Handle Them

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If you’re in a car accident, get food poisoning, or break your arm, do you wait until Monday morning at 8 am to call your doctor? No. You would probably go to the emergency room right away, but for patients experiencing dental emergencies, waiting until the dentist has time to fit them in during regular office hours is often the only option. At McCarl Dental Group, we’re here to help when our patients need us most. If you experience a dental emergency, we will do our utmost to see you right away. In many cases, we can see patients on the day they call.

In addition to offering same day appointments whenever possible for emergency dentistry patients, one of our team members will happily walk you through how to care for your smile until you can make it in to see us. Your first step in any dental emergency should be to call our dental office in Greenbelt, MD at (301) 474-4144. If it’s after hours, listen to the message and contact one of the dentists on the mobile phone numbers provided.

Not sure your situation “counts” as a dental emergency? The odds are good that if you’re in pain or injured your tooth, you’re in urgent need and we can help. Some of the most common urgent dentistry concerns we treat include:

Toothaches

Severe, prolonged toothache and dental sensitivity can be indicative of a wide range of oral health concerns, including the need for root canal therapy. Infection, decay, and damage that accesses the interior part of the tooth causes high levels of pain and severe sensitivity to heat and cold. While root canals have bad reputations, the root canal procedure isn’t a "scary" proposition at all. In fact, it’s quite gentle and will have you feeling great again quickly. Root canal treatment is the removal of the tooth's nerve. Then, the remaining space inside the tooth is cleaned, shaped, and refilled. This procedure disinfects the tooth and seals off the root canal, allowing you to save a tooth that may otherwise be lost.

Chipped or Broken Teeth

In some cases, we’ll be able to save a chipped or broken tooth by using tooth-colored fillings or dental crowns to restore the lost structure and protect the remaining natural tooth. Tooth extraction becomes necessary when the tooth that has been damaged by injury or decay cannot be safely repaired with a filling or crown, but extraction is only considered as a last option when a tooth is severely damaged and beyond repair. During an extraction, our team will ensure that you are made to feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. We offer several options to replace the missing tooth and preserve the bone, so you are able to retain your chewing ability and preserve your smile.

Knocked-Out Tooth

Whenever possible, return knocked out teeth to their socket. In some cases, teeth will reattach naturally, so restoring the tooth to its socket can improve your chances of reimplantation. If the tooth is in danger of falling out again, please put it in a plastic bag or container and bring it with you to the dental office. We do not want you to swallow the tooth. Storing it in milk or water can help to preserve the tissues that are necessary for successful reattachment.

Cracked Tooth Syndrome

This is another potential cause of toothaches, but cracked tooth syndrome can be difficult to diagnose. Many people who struggle with cracked tooth syndrome go years with mild discomfort on and off before the tooth finally has a break large enough to be seen on x-rays, digital cavity detection systems, and other diagnostic imaging tools. At McCarl Dental Group, we utilize the most state-of-the-art imaging software, ensuring we can accurately diagnosis this condition, and in many cases, we can find the crack and repair the tooth before it breaks or needs to be extracted.

Lost Filling or Dental Crown

Whenever possible, replace dental crowns, fillings, and other dental restorations. These custom crafted restorations are fragile, so if they are intact after being knocked out, returning them to their proper position is the best way to protect them. If they are in danger of falling out again, please put them in a plastic bag or container and bring them with you to the dental office. We do not want you to swallow the crown or other restoration.

Bruxism

Nighttime teeth grinding and clenching, called bruxism, is a common occurrence that can lead to a range of oral health concerns, including worn teeth, cracked tooth, and dental sensitivity. If you frequently experience nighttime grinding and clenching, we recommend using a store bought or custom-made nightguard to protect your smile during sleep. If tooth damage does occur from bruxism, call us right away, so we can repair your smile.

Tooth Abscess

A tooth abscess is caused by bacterial infection that can be very painful and requires immediate treatment to protect oral health and prevent serious whole body health concerns that occur when the bacteria enters the blood stream. Tooth abscess typically occurs in the root structures of the tooth or in the supportive bone and gum tissues around teeth. In most cases, abscess begins as an untreated cavity, so regular dental checkups and professional teeth cleanings are essential to prevent these issues. To restore your oral health after tooth abscess, we may use a range of treatment options, including antibiotics and root canal therapy.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

To prevent a dental emergency, start with the basics. Make sure you’re properly caring for your smile at home with daily brushing and flossing. You should also visit our office at least two times each year for dental checkups and teeth cleanings to ensure we’re able to diagnose and begin treatment for common oral health issues in the earliest stages. Some other tips for preventing dental emergencies include:

  • Stop biting nails, eating ice, or chewing on pen caps
  • Do not use your teeth as tools to crack nuts or open packages
  • Always wear a sportsguard during athletic practices and competitions
  • Follow treatment recommendations if you experience nighttime teeth grinding & clenching

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

The cost of restoring your smile following a dental emergency will vary depending on the treatment necessary, but as always, the McCarl dental group team is committed to offering quality, effective dentistry services at a price that fits your budget. We will maximize your insurance benefits, work with you on financing options, and take all the stress out of paying for your necessary dental care. Your tooth may hurt but paying to repair it doesn’t have to!