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Emergency Dentist – La Plata, MD

Erasing Pain & Restoring Smiles


Emergencies of any kind are painful, stressful, and scary by their very definitions, but a dental emergency can cause even greater anxiety. Many people aren’t sure what to do when a dental emergency strikes. Do you go to an emergency room or call for an ambulance? At La Plata Dental, we are always here to help whenever our patients need us. That includes emergencies! We are able to provide same day appointments in most cases, and one of our knowledgeable team members will walk you through at-home care over the phone. Contact us right away if you experience a dental emergency.

Why Choose La Plata Dental for Emergency Dentistry?

  • Same-Day Appointments for Dental Emergencies
  • Precise Diagnoses with Advanced Technology
  • Trusted Dentists with Years of Experience

How We Treat Dental Emergencies

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In the case of a dental emergency in La Plata, the first step you should always take is to call our office to schedule an appointment for as soon as possible. Depending on the time you call, we’ll likely be able to fit you into our schedule the same day, ensuring that you won’t have to sit in pain for any longer than necessary.

Once you arrive, our team will assess the damage to your smile and ask you about your symptoms. If necessary, we may take digital X-rays or a scan of your facial structure with our cone beam CT scanner. These diagnostic images will provide us with greater insight into any underlying causes for your discomfort. After our examination, Dr. Hochman or Dr. Betaharon will discuss their findings with you as well as their treatment recommendations. After any questions you have are answered and you consent to moving forward with treatment, our team will start restoring your smile!

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

Any time you believe the dental pain or damage you’re experiencing requires immediate attention, you’re probably correct. To get an idea of what we mean, you can review the following list of common emergencies we see:

CBCT Scanner Locates Dental Discomfort

CBCT Scanner

When you have tooth pain, it can be difficult to describe it to a dentist. This is especially the case if this is the first time you’ve ever experienced dental discomfort. We want to do everything possible to pinpoint the exact location of your pain, treat the problem, and have you leaving the office with relief. One of the ways we do this is by capturing 3D images of your mouth with our in-house cone beam CT scanner. Diagnosing dental discomfort starts with gathering as much information as possible, and the CBCT scanner plays a major role in that process.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies

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No two dental emergency situations are identical, which means that no two treatment plans or emergency appointments are either. Because of this, our team won’t be able to provide you with a detailed cost estimate until after we’ve had a chance to examine your smile and diagnose any issues that need to be addressed. Rest assured, we value transparency and honesty and provide our patients with trustworthy service. We’re also in-network with several dental insurance plans, helping you maximize your savings.

Keys to Preventing Dental Emergencies

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There’s no trick to preventing dental emergencies other than simply being mindful! By practicing the following preventive tips, you may be able to keep yourself from requiring emergency dental care:

  • Come in every six months for routine checkups and cleanings.
  • Avoid eating foods that are excessively sticky or crunchy.
  • Maintain a good at-home dental hygiene routine by brushing and flossing every day.
  • Wear a protective sportsguard if you play sports or a nightguard if you grind your teeth.
  • Maintain a balanced diet.
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