We recognize that dental emergency situations do arise and we will do our best to respond to you as quickly as possible. We reserve special times throughout the day to treat patients with emergency dental needs. Please call our office as early in the day as possible so that we can work you into our schedule. For after hours dental emergencies in Rochester Hills, MI, call our office to receive an emergency cell phone number on the answering machine.
Dental emergencies should not be ignored and should be addressed as quickly as possible to avoid permanent or costly damage. Common dental emergencies are toothache, pain in the teeth, jaw or gums, broken teeth, knocked out tooth, broken fillings and swelling in the gums or mouth.
What To Do In A Dental Emergency
Knocked out tooth – If possible, retrieve the tooth, holding it by the crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth). If it is dirty, lightly rinse in water, but do not scrub or remove attached tissue fragments. Store tooth in your own saliva or milk. Knocked out teeth have the highest survival rate if they are returned to the socket with in one hour of being knocked out. Contact us immediately.
Lost Filling or Crown – Do not use temporary measures to replace the filling or reglue the crown. Contact us as soon as possible. You may take an over-the-counter pain reliever to ease discomfort.
Toothache – Try rinsing your mouth with warm water or flossing to remove any lodged food. If you have swelling, a cold compress may be applied to the outside of the mouth or cheek. Do not put painkillers directly against the gums or aching tooth as they may burn the gum tissue. Contact us as soon as possible for treatment.
Abscess – These are serious conditions that can worsen with time and spread infection to the rest of your body if left untreated. Call us immediately for treatment. To ease discomfort, you may rinse with a mild saltwater solution.