Emergency Dentist Bethesda, MD

At Bethesda Family Smiles, we are here for you when you need us the most. Please call us directly if you are currently experiencing a dental emergency. We will provide specific instructions on how to care for your smile, relieve your symptoms, and do our best to see you as soon as possible. Learn more about our emergency dentistry services below.

Emergency Dental Services in Bethesda, MD

Emergency Dentistry in Bethesda, MD

Dr. Khanna is an experienced general dentist in Bethesda, MD. She commits to providing her patients with exceptional dental care. This includes being there for our patients when they need her the most. She is happy to provide emergency dental care to patients experiencing a dental emergency. Our team will do our best to get you in as soon as possible to ensure that you do not experience further pain or discomfort. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions regarding emergency dentistry:

What should I do with a knocked-out tooth? 

If your tooth is dislodged from your mouth, pick it back up by its crown, avoiding touching the root. Place the tooth in a cup of milk or water to maintain its moisture. Then, head to the dentist’s office. Knocked-out teeth may be able to be reattached if treated promptly.

Why do I have a toothache? 

Toothaches occur for multiple reasons. Many toothaches are the result of cavities and tooth decay, which irritate your tooth and cause pain. Additionally, toothaches may signify that you have a crack or chip that is leading to increased sensitivity. Because there are many causes for toothaches, a dental professional will need to evaluate your tooth to properly diagnose its cause.

What do dentist consider a dental emergency? 

Any pain or bleeding from your teeth, gums, or jawbone that you cannot explain or is incidental is a dental emergency. If you are in a lot of pain or discomfort, give us a call and we will do our best to see you in a timely manner. We would rather you be safe than sorry when seeking treatment for dental concerns, even if they are not necessarily a dental emergency.

How soon should I see a dentist? 

If you suspect you are experiencing a dental emergency, it is best to see a dentist right away. The longer you wait to address dental pain or discomfort, the more severe these symptoms may become. Additionally, the earlier you seek treatment for a dental concern, the more likely we will be able to save your natural teeth from needing costly restorative care.

Should I go to the ER if my face is swollen from tooth infection?

Yes. It is best to go to the ER if your face is swollen from a tooth infection. If you have a tooth infection, it is possible that the infection has spread to the surrounding tissue and caused swelling. An infection that has spread to the face can be life-threatening.

Can the ER do anything to treat tooth pain?

If you’re experiencing tooth pain, the best thing to do is to visit your dentist as soon as possible. However, if you’re in a situation where you can’t get to a dentist right away and you’re in severe pain, the ER can provide some relief. They will give you a painkiller such as ibuprofen, which will help to ease the pain. They will also prescribe antibiotics if they think you have an infection. However, ER doctors and nurses will not be able to fix the root cause of your dental problem, which is likely a broken or decayed tooth. For that, you will need to see a dentist.