For medical emergencies, you should always call 911, but when it comes to extreme pain and accidents concerning your teeth, you’re much better off calling SAAV Prosthodontics. Dr. Uchil and Dr. Girskis are able to handle severe toothaches and broken/knocked out teeth with unmatched expertise, and our dental office is happy to schedule same-day appointments so patients can get the relief they need as quickly as possible. Before you need emergency dentistry in Livonia, it’s smart to put our dental office’s number in your phone right now!
Ideally, if you find yourself in the middle of a dental emergency, you’d be able to just call our dental office and come in right away. Of course, as we all know, life is often less than ideal! If you’re unable to reach our dental office immediately for any reason, below are some of the best ways to handle some of the most common dental emergencies:
In the case of a minor toothache, a piece of food may just be stuck in between the teeth, so it’s best to initially rinse and floss around the hurting tooth. If this doesn’t help, or if the pain is severe, then an infection or decay is likely the cause, in which case you should take an OTC medication and use a cold compress to reduce discomfort.
Try to apply a cold compress to the face as soon as you can after the accident to control any pain or swelling, and attempt to recover as much of the tooth that you can. The remaining tooth may have a jagged edge that could injure the inside of the mouth, so it should be covered with some sugarless gum or dental wax.
Recover the tooth, rinse it off without touching the root, and attempt to put it back into the socket. If this isn’t possible, it MUST remain wet, so it should be stored between the cheek and gums or in a container with milk or saltwater. You need to move FAST in this situation and come see us immediately—a knocked out tooth can only be replanted within an hour or so of the accident.
After cleaning any debris off the restoration, see if you can place it back onto the tooth. Won’t stay? A small dab of toothpaste should help. Avoid chewing with the tooth, and if any pain or sensitivity develops, it’s OK to take an OTC medication.
The following tips will dramatically lower the chances you or a loved one will need to make a sudden, unexpected dental visit:
The appropriate treatment for a dental emergency is always different depending on a patient’s situation, which means the cost can vary as well. A small filling used to fix a toothache will likely cost less than replacing a tooth that has been knocked out, for example. To help patients dealing with an unexpected expense, our team is happy to file insurance claims, and flexible financing is easily available as well.