Do I Need Emergency Dental Care?

Not all accidents need emergency dental care, but those that do depend on you finding a dentist in time to repair your tooth. Fortunately, our emergency dentist understands that toothaches or abscesses can’t always wait. Continue reading to learn what your dentist considers urgent and non-urgent emergencies.

If you have an emergency that isn’t listed here, call your regular dentist or our office for further instructions. Our compassionate staff can help you determine your next steps so you can protect your smile and oral health.

WHERE DO I GO FOR A DENTAL EMERGENCY?

Call our office if you have a dental emergency and we’ll do everything we can to fit you into our schedule. We don’t recommend going to the ER unless your injury is serious and/or life threatening. Visit the hospital if you have a fractured jaw, dislocated jaw, deep cuts to the face or mouth that won’t stop bleeding, or a large dental abscess that makes it difficult to breathe and swallow. 

For anything else, the only thing a medical doctor can do is write you a prescription for antibiotics and pain relievers. Only an emergency dentist will be able to treat the underlying cause of your pain and discomfort.

URGENT DENTAL EMERGENCIES

Jaw, gum, or tooth pain is your body’s way of letting you know you need emergency dental care. If you have an urgent situation, you can count on us for emergency dental care. The sooner you seek emergency dental care, the more likely we’ll be able to repair your smile and relieve pain.

SEEK URGENT DENTAL CARE FOR:

NON-URGENT DENTAL EMERGENCIES

If you are having a non-urgent dental emergency, you’ll be able to schedule your appointment during normal office hours. This means that if your filling falls out Saturday afternoon, you’ll be able to wait until Monday morning to have a new filling placed.

NON-URGENT DENTAL EMERGENCIES INCLUDE:

Quick thinking is often what saves a tooth from needing extraction. If you are experiencing dental pain, request an appointment with our emergency dentist to be seen as early as today. 

The sooner you seek emergency dental care, the sooner you can alleviate pain and prevent permanent damage to teeth and gums. A fast response can also help you avoid expensive tooth restorations to repair your smile.

HOW TO PREVENT DENTAL EMERGENCIES

In addition to emergency dental services, we can help you protect your teeth from illness or injury. For example, a custom mouth guard will protect your teeth and gums while playing contact sports. The last thing you want is to have your season cut short by a dental emergency.

A mouth guard made by our dentist is different from what you can get at the store because it is custom-fit to the contours of your teeth and gums. Our mouth guards are more comfortable to wear, allowing you to breathe and drink with ease so you can focus on the game.

REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT WITH US!

Our emergency dentist in Waterford, MI, strives to provide you with the best possible care. To learn more about dental crowns or to schedule an appointment, give Dr. Taylor’s Family Dental Center a call at (248) 681-8100.

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