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Dental Emergencies in Rockville, MD

Dr. Sreeni is committed to providing patients with compassionate emergency dental care. If you call during our regular office hours, immediate attention will be given to your situation and we will schedule an emergency dental appointment for you as soon as we can. If you are experiencing a serious or life-threatening emergency, call 911 immediately or go to your nearest emergency room for treatment.

If you have an emergency after hours, you may reach Dr. Sreeni by choosing the option to speak to the doctor.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Emergency Dentistry

How do I get an emergency dentist appointment?

Simply call our office and we will make arrangements to see you for an emergency appointment as soon as possible. Keep in mind that the earlier in the day that you call, the more likely we’ll be able to schedule you for a same-day visit.

Is a loose dental implant an emergency?

Not all loose dental implants are emergencies, but we’ll still want to see you at our office regardless. Often when an implant feels loose, it’s because the restoration attached to the implant (the denture, bridge, or crown) needs to be tightened. This only requires a quick, simple visit to our office.

Can a loose implant be saved?

When it’s the restoration attached to your implant that’s loose, your dental implant is not usually compromised and it can be saved. In the rare case that the dental implant itself is loose due to dental trauma, infection or implant failure, it can often be saved with prompt treatment, but not always. If Dr. Sreeni does not believe your implant can be fixed, it will be removed. We’ll allow the soft tissue and bone to heal, then we can usually successfully place a new implant.

What are the signs of dental implant failure?

While it’s rare for dental implants to fail, it does occasionally happen. Signs of dental implant failure include a loose implant, severe pain, inflammation in the tissue surrounding the implant, trouble eating, and gum recession. If you’re worried that your implant has failed, call our office as soon as possible. The sooner you get treatment, the more likely it is that we will be able to save your implant or replace it a month later while preserving the bone.

Can you get emergency wisdom tooth removal?

Wisdom teeth don’t typically require emergency removal, but sometimes impacted wisdom teeth can become infected, which is considered an emergency that requires urgent treatment, as infections in the teeth can easily spread to other areas of the body. If this is the case, we will schedule you for an emergency wisdom tooth extraction as soon as possible.

How do you know if you have a wisdom tooth infection?

Signs of wisdom tooth infection include severe pain, difficulty biting and chewing, severe headaches, and jaw pain. The gums and soft tissue near your wisdom tooth will often be inflamed and swollen and you may also experience discharge and a foul odor or taste in your mouth.

Will an oral surgeon pull an infected tooth?

The goal of dentistry is to save your natural teeth whenever possible, so if you can get a root canal to preserve your tooth, that’s the best solution. If, after talking to a general dentist or endodontist, you decide you still don’t want a root canal, we can extract your infected tooth. In most cases we can place an implant on the same day as the extraction. 

Painful swelling that comes and goes?

Sometimes one can develop a painful swelling especially at meal times in the face below the ear or beneath the lower jaw. This could be because of a blocked salivary duct. Please call to come in the same day as often this can be managed without surgery. 

Painful blisters/sores in the mouth?

Pain from sores can be unbearable limiting our ability to eat or even speak. The cause can be viral, fungal or bacterial. Stress or poor general immunity is often blamed as an instigating factor. No matter what the reason, an Oral Surgeon can correctly diagnose and treat the same.