Emergency Dentistry When You Need Prompt Attention
Most dental emergencies tend to happen at inconvenient times. Whether you’ve knocked out a tooth at the end of the day or your child has bitten down on their tongue hard enough to produce severe bleeding over the weekend, Livonia Dentistry provides emergency dentistry for Livonia patients of all ages. No matter the type of dental emergency, our primary goal is to ensure that you’re pain-free and smiling again as quickly as possible. If you’re in severe pain that doesn’t seem to subside, we provide same-day emergency treatments in our dental office, whenever possible, to accommodate you.
How to Deal with These Common Dental Emergencies
The most important thing to remember in a dental emergency is to remain calm. Here’s how you should approach several common dental emergencies:
- A Toothache – If you’re experiencing a toothache, we recommend that you use warm salt water to rinse away any debris that could be irritating your tooth. If you’re experiencing any facial swelling, we recommend applying a cold compress to the area. If the pain and/or swelling persists longer than a day, contact our office to schedule an appointment. You could have an abscess or infection.
- Broken Tooth – Be sure to rinse the area with warm water and recover any broken fragments. You should contact us immediately to schedule an appointment.
- Knocked-Out Tooth – If you’ve knocked out a tooth, pick it up gently by the crown (top) and rinse it. If possible, try to reinsert the tooth back into its socket. If this isn’t possible, you should carry the tooth in a cup of milk. Call us immediately – time is of the essence in saving your tooth!
- Possible Broken Jaw – You should run – not walk – to your nearest emergency room. You may tie your mouth closed with a towel or handkerchief until you can be seen.
- Bleeding Tongue, Lip or Cheek – Gently apply pressure with a sterile gauze or cloth to any bleeding area. If the bleeding persists longer than 15 minutes, visit your emergency room.
- Canker Sores – Usually, over-the-counter medications provide temporary relief from the pain. If your sores persist, contact our office.
Contact Our Emergency Dentist in Livonia Today
Many of our patients require emergency dentistry at our Livonia office when they experience severe toothaches. While there are many over-the-counter products and medications that may help you alleviate your pain, be aware that these only offer temporary solutions. When you pay Livonia Dentistry a visit, you can rest assured that we’ll treat the underlying issue that’s causing you pain.
Pain is usually an indicator of something bigger like an abscess or infection – don’t ignore it and hope that it’ll go away. If you’re in pain, contact us today to schedule an appointment for emergency dental care or pay a visit to your closest emergency room immediately. Time is usually of the essence when it comes to saving your teeth or repairing dental work.