Emergency Dentist – Waldorf, MD

In Pain? We’re Here to Help!

Woman in pain before emergency dentistry

Dental pain and other emergencies can strike at any time – typically when you aren’t expecting it. In these situations, Dr. Akinwande, our skilled emergency dentist in Waldorf, MD, will plan to see you as quickly as possible, so we can put a stop to your pain, repair any damage that has been done to your teeth, and restore your oral health in as little time as possible. Don’t hesitate to call Open Smiles Dental immediately if you think you might have a dental problem that needs to be treated right away.


Why Choose Open Smiles Dental for Emergency Dentistry?

  • Multiple Options for Dental Sedation
  • Same-Day, After-Hours, and Weekend Emergency Visits
  • Efficient Team That Cares About Your Needs


How We Treat Dental Emergencies

Woman holding cheek in pain before emergency dentistry
  • When you call with an emergency, we’ll give you first aid tips and arrange to see you as soon as possible. We make same-day emergency appointments whenever possible, and we can see you after-hours or on weekends if necessary.
  • Once you arrive, we’ll conduct an examination of your mouth and jaw to identify the root of the problem.
  • We’ll explain the results of our examination and let you know what your options for treatment are. The costs associated with your care will be explained before you need to commit to anything.
  • Once you’ve agreed to a treatment, we’ll take whatever steps are necessary to take care of your smile and protect your oral health.

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies can take many forms and should always be handled by a professional as promptly as possible. To help you get a firmer grasp on what counts as a dental emergency, we’ve listed some of the most common urgent oral health issues below. If you have any doubts, call us and tell us about your symptoms so that we can help you determine whether or not you need an appointment right away.


Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies

Dental team member explaining the cost of dental emergencies

Since every emergency is different, the cost of your treatment can vary significantly depending on your situation. Sometimes you might only be sent home with a prescription for a minor infection, but in other cases you might need more complex restorative treatment to save your tooth. We will always be transparent about why certain treatments are necessary, and we’ll review your payment options with you to make managing the cost of your care easier.


Keys to Preventing Dental Emergencies

Woman visiting dentist to prevent dental emergencies

If you want to avoid dental emergencies, you need to be proactive about taking care of your smile. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits help protect your smile from the decay and disease caused by harmful oral bacteria. And while you can’t avoid every accident, you can safeguard your enamel by staying away from bad habits like tearing open packages with your teeth or biting your fingernails. If you play sports, always wear a mouthguard to avoid serious dental injuries.


Tooth Extractions

Metal clasp holding extracted tooth

We don’t make tooth extraction our first choice unless there really is no other option. It’s always preferable to save your natural teeth, but there are times when a tooth is so badly damaged or infected that it simply can’t be treated any other way. When an extraction is required, we will take whatever steps we need to in order to keep you comfortable. We recommend having the tooth replaced as quickly as possible to protect your long-term oral health.


Wisdom Tooth Extractions

Woman in pain before wisdom tooth extractions

Wisdom teeth don’t always have to be removed, but if they’re causing you pain or damaging your other teeth, they should be taken out of your mouth at the earliest possible opportunity. Our team can determine whether or not your wisdom teeth need to be removed, and we can perform the extraction process right here in our dental office. Once the treatment is complete, we will give you your aftercare instructions for a swift, comfortable recovery. 


Root Canal Treatment

Model of healthy tooth compared to tooth in need of root canal treatment

Many patients are nervous or anxious when they hear the words “root canal”, but the truth is that the procedure is nowhere near as painful as it is often believed to be. In fact, it’s actually meant to help stop the pain caused by an infected tooth. By removing the pulp and cleaning the inside of the tooth, we can stop the infection from spreading any further, thus saving the tooth and protecting the rest of your mouth.