dental emergencyMost of us don’t expect to require emergency dental care, but a dental emergency can strike anyone, whether you’re eating, traveling, playing sports, involved in an accident, or sometimes just through normal wear and tear. What all dental emergencies generally have in common is pain, a signal that something is definitely wrong and needs the attention of an emergency dentist. Dental emergencies may include:

  • a loosened or knocked out tooth
  • cracked tooth
  • bitten lip or tongue
  • toothache
  • broken or fractured jaw
  • object stuck in the mouth or teeth
  • emergency fillings or lost filling
  • lost crown, bridge, or veneer
  • lost denture or partial
  • emergency root canal
  • tooth/gum infection

As with any emergency, it helps to have an idea of how to manage in such a situation. At Dental Associates of West Michigan, the advice we give depends on the nature of the emergency, but three quick tips are useful to bear in mind:

  1. If a tooth has been knocked out, try to locate and preserve the tooth and get to a dentist immediately. The best place to preserve the
    tooth is to put it back in your mouth if possible, touching it only on the crown, and rinsing it gently with water if necessary. You can also preserve it in a glass of milk or saline solution, but it’s important to get to a dentist right away to try to save the tooth.
  2. Take pain reliever as necessary and use cool compresses to reduce swelling. However, don’t use aspirin if there is any bleeding, and never hold an aspirin in your mouth against the tissue, because it can cause burning and destruction of the gum tissue.
  3. Call a dentist as soon as you can to get your specific needs assessed, whether you’re able to reach your regular dentist or if you’re
    traveling or need to find an emergency dentist. Dental Associates of West Michigan reserves a spot in our daily schedule for dental emergencies.


For more helpful hints on handling dental emergencies, see Dental Associates of West Michigan’s dental emergency advisories or visit the American Dental Association. And if you find yourself in need of emergency dental care in Grand Rapids, contact Dental Associates of West Michigan immediately at 616-446-5715 for quick answers to your questions or to schedule an appointment.

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