February 1, 2017
If you are having a dental emergency (such as a lost tooth, a bad toothache, a chipped tooth, or more), then call us immediately at 231-366-4182 for an emergency appointment. Our dentists can normally see you the same day you call with your dental emergency. Thankfully, they are also highly trained and experienced. They can help you get through the emergency.
The Two Biggest Tips For Dental Emergencies
Any kind of emergency can be confusing and scary. The key is to stay calm. But that’s easier said than done. Here are two of the most important tips for how you can stay calm during a dental emergency.
BUILD A DENTAL EMERGENCY KIT
First aid kits help with medical emergencies, so why not create a dental emergency kit? This way, you’ll have several important things on hand instead of trying to remember where they are. In an emergency, that could make a big difference.
Take a small container, label it as a dental emergency kit, and let everyone at home know where you will keep it. Then put the following inside:
- Non-aspirin pain relievers
- Sterile gauze
- Plastic gloves
- A tiny, sealable container
- Our phone number and address on a piece of paper
- Dental cement (available at drug stores)
Since you cannot predict dental emergencies, this kit will come in handy should you have one.
STORE OUR NUMBER IN YOUR PHONE
The last thing you need in a dental emergency is to not have anyone to call. That’s why it’s a great idea to store the phone number for our Norton Shores, MI dental office in your phone today. Our number is 231-366-4182.
Our dentists will work you into our schedule with an emergency appointment. Because they are very experienced with helping in dental emergencies, they can help you get the care you need.
Another way to stay calm is to know what to do. While you can’t predict every type of dental emergency, there are some that happen more often. Here are some tips for handling serious dental emergencies.
Handling Serious Dental Emergencies
– You lost a tooth.
Take the tooth, gently rinse it off, and carefully place it back in its socket. If it won’t stay in or it hurts too much, put it in a small container with enough milk to cover it. Then call our Norton Shores, MI dental office for an emergency appointment.
If there is any bleeding, use sterile gauze to apply direct pressure to the wound. If you cannot stop the bleeding, visit the emergency room instead.
– You chipped or broke a tooth.
Get any tooth fragments if possible. Apply direct pressure to stop any bleeding, and visit the emergency room if you cannot. Then call us at 231-366-4182 to make an emergency appointment. Even if you are not in pain, there could be damage inside the tooth as well that needs to be taken care of.
– You knocked a tooth loose but it’s still in your mouth.
Do your best to not touch it. Even testing to see how loose it is could be the pressure that makes it fall out completely. Call Community Shores Dental immediately to see how soon you can be seen by our dentists.
– You have a strong toothache.
Contact our Norton Shores, MI dental office and explain what’s going on, including when the pain started. Until you can be seen, take some non-aspirin pain relievers and use cold packs on the outside of your mouth.
– A filling or dental crown fell out.
If a filling came out, use dental cement (available in most drug stores) to temporarily replace the filling. If a dental crown came off, that same dental cement can be used as a temporary adhesive. Use some to reattach the crown to your tooth. Then call us to schedule an emergency appointment.
Call us immediately at 231-366-4182 if you are having a dental emergency. Our team has the training and experience to help. Even if you are unsure if your situation counts as an emergency, call and let us know what’s going on. Our goal is to help your teeth and gums stay healthy and pain-free.