When You Need An Emergency Dentist:
When faced with a medical emergency, most people know exactly what to do - call their regular doctor if they have one, or go to the emergency room for treatment, depending on the severity of the problem. And while many people have a dentist they trust and have visited for years, the nature of dental work makes it so that appointments are typically planned, sometimes weeks or even months in advance.
However, when faced with a dental emergency, many people find themselves at a loss of where to go and what to do. Just like a medical emergency, it is important to treat dental trauma and other problems in a timely manner in order to avoid complications and risk permanent damage.
Dental Emergency Treatment in St. Clair Shores & Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
One of the most common dental problems to require emergency care is sudden tooth loss or breaks, usually caused by trauma or a fall. Although dental accidents are not generally life-threatening, getting immediate care from an emergency dentist is necessary in order to help preserve the tooth and the smile's overall appearance. Even small breaks can cause nerve injuries through bacteria build up in the soft pulp inside the tooth, potentially resulting in permanent damage if left untreated. A tooth fracture that might seem to be little more than a cosmetic problem can sometimes actually need a root canal to prevent infection and nerve damage.
Other types of dental emergencies include:
- Bacterial infection
- Loose tooth
- Knocked out tooth
- Cuts and lacerations to the gums, tongue, lips, and cheeks
Experiencing a Dental Emergency?
A knocked out tooth or bitten tongue can cause panic in any parent, but quick thinking and staying calm are the best ways to approach such common dental emergencies and prevent additional unnecessary damage and costly dental restoration. This includes taking measures such as application of cold compresses to reduce swelling, and of course, contacting our office as soon as possible.
Visit our dental office if you're experiencing uncomfortable aching or pain in your tooth. Rinse out your mouth with water and check for plaque and debris around the aching tooth with floss. Check with our dental team before taking any medication.
Broken, Chipped or Cracked Tooth
Apply a cold compress to your face to reduce swelling. Rinse your mouth with warm water as well. If you have an external piece of your tooth, wrap it carefully in a wet towl and bring it to our dental office to determine is re-attachment is the right solution.
Loose Crown or Implant
Please call our office to have your loose crown or implant re-attached as soon as possible. If the the crown or implant has fallen out, you can attempt to hold it in place temporarily. Toothpaste or dental wax may be used as a temporary adhesive prior to arriving at our office.
Loose or Knocked-Out Tooth
Similar to a crown or implant, you can attempt to hold the tooth back in its natural socket prior to meeting with our dentist. Keep the tooth attached by holding it with a clean washcloth is needed. Rinse the root of the tooth first if dirty. Hold the tooth under your tongue and visit our dentist immediately if you cannot reinsert the tooth yourself.
For immediate emergency dental assistance, please call our dental office in St. Clair Shores, MI (also serving Grosse Pointe Woods, MI)
at (586) 772-9020 to see your emergency dentist!