Urgent Care

Linda Jones-Laper, DDS

Family Dentist & General Dentist located in Elkridge, MD

If you’ve ever broken a tooth or experienced sudden pain in your mouth, you know how hard it is to get a last-minute appointment with a dentist. As a dentist who understands emergencies happen, Dr. Linda Jones-Laper in Elkridge, Maryland, offers urgent dental care. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, call the office or use the online booking agent to get a same-day appointment.

Urgent Care Q & A

What kind of dental emergencies require urgent care?

Dental emergencies that require urgent care include:

  • A broken or chipped tooth
  • Mouth trauma that leads to bleeding
  • Gum lacerations
  • Severe dental pain

A dental emergency can arise at any time, whether it’s caused by biting into an apple or a trip and fall. To prevent any further complications, it’s important to get to the dentist right away, especially if it’s a badly broken tooth or you’re experiencing nerve pain. That’s why Dr. Jones-Laper offers same-day emergency appointments.

Can a knocked-out or broken tooth be fixed at an urgent care visit?

Dr. Jones-Laper may be able to fix your knocked-out or broken tooth right away. If possible, she uses your own tooth, but you need to take some precautions to preserve the tooth or chip.

For a cracked or knocked-out tooth, you need to be very cautious to preserve the root. If you can, try to put the tooth back in place, being careful not to damage the root.

If you can’t get the tooth back in its place, transport the tooth in your mouth between the gum and cheek. If that’s not safe, put the tooth or chip in a covered container with milk. If there’s dirt or blood on the tooth, it’s okay to gently rinse it with warm water.

Dr. Jones-Laper’s office is equipped to handle any emergency. If she can’t reuse your damaged tooth, she can replace it with a crown.

How is a toothache managed at urgent care?

If you have a toothache, Dr. Jones-Laper wants to see you right away to examine your mouth and identify the source of your pain. Cavities, gum disease, or an abscess may cause tooth pain. If left untreated, it can lead to more dental problems.

While at home getting ready for your appointment, you may be able to relieve your pain by gently rinsing your mouth with warm water and flossing around the painful area.

To prevent unnecessary bleeding, don’t apply aspirin to the aching area. However, Dr. Jones-Laper may recommend a pain reliever.