Richard Denise D.D.S.
Creating Beautiful Smiles

Dental Emergencies

Trustworthy Emergency Dentist in Bowie

smiling young coupleIf you or a family member is suffering from tooth pain or has an unexpected accident, our emergency dental team at the practice of Richard P. Denise, DDS, is here to help. Dr. Richard Denise has provided the residents of Crofton, Bowie, Davidsonville, and the surrounding communities with effective dental treatments since 1985. Whether you’ve had a tooth knocked out or a family member needs emergency root canal therapy, we’ve got the experience and expertise to assist you.

Should you or a loved one experience a dental emergency, please contact our practice as soon as possible. We want to provide care as quickly as possible, so we can restore your smile and protect your dental well-being.


What is a Dental Emergency?

Dental emergencies can take several forms but always revolve around a significant problem that impacts your teeth, gums, or mouth. Receiving swift, professional treatment is essential to resolving your situation. Dental emergencies include:

  • Prolonged bleeding from the gums
  • An abscess in the gums
  • Lost or damaged dental restorations
  • Severe tooth pain
  • A cracked tooth
  • A dislodged tooth
  • A knocked-out tooth

If you are experiencing one or more of the conditions on this list, contact our practice immediately to set up an appointment.

Our Compassionate Approach to Dental Emergencies

tooth model and emergency kit illustrationWe understand that a dental emergency can be stressful and are prepared to offer efficient, compassionate, and thorough care. When possible, we’ll set up a same-day appointment so Dr. Denise can begin assisting promptly. Should your emergency occur after our practice has closed for the day, you can call our office phone to contact our Bowie dentist. He’ll provide advice regarding your specific situation and see you as soon as possible when the office opens.

Our emergency dentist has helped patients since 1980 and is expertly prepared to restore your smile. Whether you’re dealing with a chipped tooth, a dislodged crown, or an abscess, we’re here to offer the non-judgmental care you require.

Root Canal Therapy to Save an Infected Tooth

If you’re dealing with sudden and previously unexperienced pain, you may have an infection inside your tooth. To save the tooth, our dentist can perform root canal therapy. Dr. Denise begins by carefully removing bacteria, plaque, and organic matter from the inside of the tooth. The tooth is then sealed to prevent recurring infections. It’s essential to visit our dentist promptly after becoming aware of tooth pain, so we can determine the cause and act accordingly. Symptoms to be aware of include:

  • An abscess on the gums
  • Tooth pain while eating
  • Sudden discoloration of a tooth
  • Swelling or tenderness of the gums

Dental Crowns to Repair Damaged Teeth

We use crowns to restore teeth that are chipped, cracked, decayed, or to finish a root canal treatment. If you or your child damages a tooth in a sports game or playground accident, a dental crown will likely be used for the repair. A dental crown surrounds the tooth to restore its regular size, shape, and appearance. 

Replacing Damaged Restorations

If your bridge or crown has become dislodged or damaged, we can have a new restoration crafted and placed. It takes an average time of two weeks for a local dental lab to prepare your new restoration. While we wait for the final restoration to arrive, a temporary is placed to allow you to speak and eat normally.

Efficient Extractions to Preserve Your Oral Health

When possible, we want to leave your natural teeth in place to preserve the alignment, structure, and appearance of your smile. If you have a substantially infected or decayed tooth that can’t be saved with root canal therapy, we may recommend an extraction to maintain your oral health. Our Bowie emergency dentist performs most extractions in-office but refers complex cases, such as those involving impacted teeth, to a trusted oral surgeon.

Treatments for Dental Abscesses

A dental abscess is an infection of the throat, mouth, jaw, or face that starts as a tooth infection. Dr. Denise assesses your situation to determine the best course of action and tailors a treatment plan to handle the infection. Depending on the severity and spread of the inflammation, our dentist may:

  • Perform root canal therapy, if the infection is caught early and is contained to a single tooth
  • Drain the abscess and clean the infected area
  • Prescribe antibiotics, if the infection has spread to multiple teeth, your jaw, or other areas of your mouth
  • Extract the infected tooth

Your Reliable Emergency Dentist in Bowie

When you visit the practice of Richard P. Denise, DDS, for your emergency dental needs, you can count on our team to consistently treat you with the dignity and quality of care that you deserve. Our  goals are to restore your health and protect your smile. If you or a loved one has suffered an accident or are experiencing tooth pain, get in touch with us so we can address your urgent dental needs!



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