If you knock out a permanent tooth, it’s important to meet with an emergency dentist right away. At Tamara Levit, DDS, PC, the team provides compassionate, same-day emergency dentistry services to men and women living in and around North Bethesda, Maryland. If you need access to prompt oral health care, call or use the online booking tool to make your appointment today.
Emergency dentists, like the team at Tamara Levit, DDS, PC,, specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of oral health emergencies including knocked-out permanent teeth, severe toothaches, oral abscesses, and broken jaws.
Using both traditional and cutting-edge methods of care, an emergency dentist can relieve pain, preserve your teeth and gums, and get you started down the road to recovery.
If you experience a dental emergency, it's important to stay calm and keep a level head. However, certain symptoms require immediate medical attention, including:
You should also call 911 or visit your local emergency room if you suffer a wound or cut that won’t stop bleeding.
For non-life-threatening dental emergencies that occur during normal business hours, simply call in advance. The team always makes room for same-day appointments and works quickly to address dental emergencies promptly.
A dental emergency is any oral injury that requires immediate medical attention. Some of the most common issues the team treats include:
If you knock out one of your permanent adult teeth, pick it up right away, protect the roots, and call the office. If you’re unable to make it in right away, you need to keep your tooth moist. You can soak it in a glass of milk or tuck it into your cheek, just make sure you don’t swallow it.
Over-the-counter pain medicines are strong enough to relieve most mild toothaches. But tooth pain that’s associated with stabbing or burning sensations may point to a more serious underlying health problem. Cracking a tooth or getting a piece of food lodged between your teeth can also cause significant discomfort.
Athletes who participate in contact sports like American football, hockey, and rugby are most susceptible to broken and fractured jaws. If you injure yourself while playing sports, apply a cold compress to relieve swelling and call your dentist right away.
There’s no way to prevent dental emergencies entirely, but there are steps you can take to lower your risk. For example, if you play sports, it’s important to wear adequate safety gear including a helmet and mouthguard.
Your teeth are for chewing and eating. If you can’t open a bag of food or envelope, use a pair of scissors, not your teeth. In addition, it’s important to avoid bad habits like chewing on ice or your fingernails.
If you or a loved one experience a dental emergency, the team at Tamara Levit, DDS, PC, can help. Call or use the online booking tool to request your consultation today.