What should I do in a dental emergency?

If you have a dental emergency, you should visit the dentist right away. If a more serious injury is present, you should first visit the emergency room immediately. We treat dental emergencies with priority and urgency, and we will certainly prioritize you if you do suffer from a dental emergency. We will make sure you are as comfortable as possible and receive the best possible dental emergency care in Aspen Hill, Maryland.


What is considered a dental emergency?

There are many situations that may be considered a dental emergency. Some common dental emergencies include:


  • Chipped and broken teeth
  • Severe and persistent toothaches
  • Soft tissue injury and accidents
  • Lost crown
  • Lost filling
  • Dental appliances breaking loose
  • Knocked-out tooth


In many cases, you should take an over-the-counter pain medication to help minimize the pain until you can see your dentist. If a tooth is knocked out, time is the most important factor to be able to save the tooth. You should place the tooth back in the socket if possible, or store it in your saliva or a glass of milk, and you should go straight to the dentist. If you have a broken jaw, you should wrap your head with a bandage or scarf so that the jaw is held closed; visit the emergency room immediately.


At IV Sedation and State-of-the-Art Family Dentistry, Dr. Meltzer and Dr. Hsieh treat dental emergencies very seriously. If you have any questions regarding dental emergencies, we encourage you to call us for more information. If you have a dental emergency, you should visit our office right away.