Arnold, MD Emergency Dentist
Please call us today if you have a dental emergency, even if you’re a new patient. We leave wiggle room in our schedule during normal office hours for patients like you. Dealing with a toothache is no fun! We’ll concentrate on getting you out of pain today, and then we can explore your options for a more long-term solution.
Common Dental Emergencies
- Toothache – This is the most common dental emergency. A toothache is your body’s way of telling you something is seriously wrong—probably deep decay which is causing an infection of the tooth pulp. The pulp will eventually die and the pain may go away, but the infection will still be there and spread.
- Traumatic injury – A broken front tooth can be an aesthetic emergency that may need to be repaired right away. We will be able to help you.
- A lost filling – This isn’t as urgent, but should be tended to soon because it exposes the soft inner tooth structure to rapid decay.
- A crown that has fallen out – While this may not hurt, there is urgency here. If not replaced within a day or two, the teeth on either side will begin to drift together and the opposing tooth will also drift into the empty space, greatly complicating treatment. If treated promptly, it may be a simple matter of just re-cementing the existing crown.
- A tooth that is knocked out – This is extremely urgent. If you can get to our office within half an hour, we may be able to replant the tooth. Do not clean off the tooth. Don’t even rinse it with water. Get a damp (not dripping wet) cloth or paper towel to keep it gently moist and come see us right away.
Are You Afraid of the Dentist?
If so, you’re certainly not alone. Many people have had unpleasant or traumatic dental experiences in the past. We’re here to make you feel better, not guilty for avoiding the dentist. If you suffer from anxiety, we understand! We’ll treat you as gently as possible, alleviate your pain, and put you on the road to recovery.
We do offer nitrous oxide sedation, if you desire. Known as “laughing gas,” it will gently relax you, help you become completely numb, and make your dental experience more pleasant. You will be able to drive home or return to work immediately following your appointment. We can also prescribe relaxation medications for you, though that would require having someone drive you home.
Call us at 410-757-6200
- Mon, Wed: 8am – 4pm
- Tue, Thu: 9am – 5pm
- Fri: 9am – 4pm
- Sat, Sun: Closed