First Aid Dental Tips

Dr. Byron Desbordes evaluates and treats dental emergencies in his Baltimore, MD dental office. He is committed to helping patients heal their teeth and gums after accidents. Please request an appointment with Dr. Desbordes by calling (410) 216-4023 if you ever have a dental emergency. Dr. Desbordes will provide you with appropriate treatment depending on your needs, whether you need a dental restoration or a fix for your tooth pain.

Emergency Dentistry in Baltimore, Maryland

What to Do in an Emergency

Here are some tips to remember if you have a dental emergency:

  • If you have a knocked-out adult tooth, place the tooth in a cup of milk or saliva to transport to our office. If we are not able to reattach the tooth, we provide single dental implants to replace the tooth. Dental implants are versatile and long-lasting restorations that replace teeth at the root. They look and function like natural teeth to blend in with your smile.
  • If you have chipped or cracked a tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area. To keep swelling down, place a cold compress on the side of your face. Call our office and we can offer tooth bonding treatment or porcelain veneers to restore the shape and look of your natural tooth.
  • If you have a toothache, rinse your mouth with warm water. Then, take a painkiller such as Tylenol to assuage your pain. Please contact our office as soon as possible. Sometimes toothaches are caused by a tooth infection or abscess.

Preventing Injuries

In the event of a dental emergency, it is important to visit a dental office or emergency room as soon as possible. Patients may require hospitalization if they are experiencing excessive bleeding or pain. There are multiple preventative measures to take in order to prevent injuries to the teeth and gums. If you play contact sports, receive a sports mouthguard. Custom mouthguards protect the teeth and gums and absorb shock to lessen the impact of concussions. Never use your teeth to open objects and avoid chewing on ice, hard candy, or popcorn kernels. Doing so can chip or crack the teeth.