Written by: on December 5, 2014 @ 2:11 am

man biting nutDental emergencies can happen to anyone. A fight, a nasty fall, or biting down on hard food can all cause problems that may need to be fixed immediately, such as a cracked or avulsed (knocked out) tooth. If it is a true emergency, call or come to our office as soon as possible so that we can help fix the problem. However, in some dental emergencies, there may be some things you can do before you come to us that may minimize the damage to your oral health.

What to Do in a Dental Emergency

There are only a few oral problems that qualify as a true emergency, as many issues can wait. For instance, teeth that are merely chipped do not generally require immediate attention. Real dental emergencies may include lost, cracked or loose teeth, an extreme toothache, or having something stuck in your teeth.

If you lose a tooth, it actually can be reinserted, if you receive treatment in time. Pick the tooth up by the crown (avoid touching the roots) and rinse it off. Then place it back into the socket or a glass of milk, and head to the dental office immediately. If you arrive within about an hour, we may be able to reattach the tooth.

If your tooth is cracked, and there is a piece knocked out, pick up the piece and rinse it off. Rinse your mouth with warm water, and make sure to stem any bleeding with gauze. You can use a wet (with cold water) washcloth to keep the swelling to a minimum, then head to our office. If a permanent tooth becomes loose, also use a cold compress of some kind, and we may be able to place a splint to stabilize the tooth so that you do not lose it. For an object stuck between your teeth, see if you can remove it with floss, but be gentle. We should be able to remove the object if you cannot.


To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with one of the experts at the Comfort Dental Group, then contact us today by calling our office at (248) 474-6434. We welcome patients living in and around Farmington Hills, Livonia, Novi, Northville, Westland, and Dearborn Heights.

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