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When it comes to dental emergencies, the sooner you act, the better your chances of repairing your smile. While many oral injuries warrant an immediate trip to our dentist in Holland, MI, there are some dental issues that can wait.
Here’s how you can tell whether your situation calls for a visit to the emergency dentist right away. Contact us today if you have any additional questions or concerns regarding your dental emergency.
Call our office ASAP if you are in severe dental pain or have lacerated your gums, cheeks, or tongue. You should also call us immediately if you suspect your tooth is infected. We’ll rearrange our schedule so you can receive treatment as soon as possible.
You’ll need immediate care for the following dental emergencies:
- Severe toothache
- Dental abscess
- Swollen gums
- Loose tooth
- Knocked-out tooth
- Broken tooth
- Large crack or chip in a tooth
The sooner you seek medical treatment, the less likely you’ll need expensive dental restorations in the future. For example, we may be able to re-implant a knocked-out tooth if you store the tooth properly and receive treatment within 5 and 60 minutes.
Follow these steps if you knock out an adult tooth:
- Pick up your tooth by the crown (top), NOT the root.
- Line your sink with a towel so you don’t drop your tooth down the drain.
- Gently rinse your tooth.
- If possible, gently place your tooth back in its socket. If this isn’t possible, submerge your tooth in a container of milk.
- Call our office ASAP to schedule an emergency appointment.
Non-Urgent Dental Situations
If you are having a non-urgent dental situation, you’ll be able to schedule your appointment during normal office hours. This means that if your filling falls out Saturday afternoon, you’ll be able to wait until Monday morning to have a new filling placed.
Non-urgent dental situations include:
- Lost filling, crown, or bridge
- Dull toothache
- Food lodged between teeth
- A small chip or crack in a tooth
Be sure to call our office to schedule your appointment and receive instructions on how to care for your mouth until you’re able to see our dentist. For example, we may recommend over-the-counter pain relievers for auntil you’re able to see Dr. Habecker.
Lost your dental crown? Check out our blog post on what your next steps should be to protect your tooth until your next appointment with us.
Don’t Ignore a Dental Emergency
Quick thinking is often what saves a tooth from needing an expensive dental restoration or being extracted entirely. If you are experiencing dental pain and discomfort, we encourage you to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you seek emergency dental care, the sooner you can alleviate pain and prevent permanent damage to your teeth and gums.
If you have a dental emergency that wasn’t listed here, be sure to call our office. Our dentist can also help you prevent dental emergencies from happening in the first place. For example, custom mouth guards.can be avoided with
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This blog post has been updated.