Lakeforest Dental Associates
Dr. Neil Daftary and Dr. Robert Zaner

When to See Your Emergency Dentist

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In our Gaithersburg dental office, we recommend you get in touch with your emergency dentist anytime a sudden change to your oral health occurs. Symptoms could include a toothache, swelling, bleeding, cracked or broken tooth, inflamed gums, broken or lost dental restorations or dentures.

It can be confusing to know when you need an appointment right now or if it can wait for a few days. Call Lakeforest Dental Associates, and we will offer guidance and advice that protects your smile and health.

Pain and Swelling Is a Warning Sign

Pain and swelling indicate the presence of an infection. Anytime the body has an active infection, it puts your health at risk. Dr. Neil Daftary and Dr. Robert Zaner recommend getting in touch right away. An infection does not necessarily mean that you will need a tooth extraction. We can often save your tooth with root canal treatment using the latest rotary endodontic techniques for improved success and fast relief.

We always make sure that your tooth is completely numb before beginning any procedure, so you can count on gentle dentistry no matter which procedure we perform.

Handling an Avulsed (Knocked-Out) Tooth

The most common cause of a knocked-out tooth is trauma to the face. This often occurs on the playground, while participating in sports, or during an auto accident. If you believe that neck or head trauma is involved, seek immediate emergency medical attention first. Otherwise, handle a knocked out tooth by the crown and keep it moist. Contact our Gaithersburg dental office immediately for an emergency visit. If we treat the problem quickly, we can sometimes re-insert the tooth and stabilize it until it heals.

If you have a dental emergency, give us a call. We can help you feel like yourself again with same-day emergency dentistry.