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Emergency Dentistry Specialist

Dr. Taylor's Family Dental Center

Cosmetic & General Dentistry & Implant Specialist, Periodontist, and Oral Surgeon located in Waterford, MI

A dental emergency can happen when you least expect it. That’s why Marvin Taylor, DDS, and the experienced team at Dr. Taylor’s Family Dental Center offer emergency dentistry at their office in Waterford, Michigan. Emergency appointments are of the utmost importance to Dr. Taylor and the team. They understand that emergencies always have better outcomes with immediate treatment. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, call Dr Taylor’s Family Dental Center, or schedule an appointment online today.

Emergency Dentistry Q&A

What is emergency dentistry?

Emergency dentistry is the type of care the team provides when your dental concern or problem can’t wait. Most dental emergencies occur after an accident or sudden injury to the face. Instead of asking you to endure uncomfortable suffering and possible permanent damage, the team at Dr. Taylor’s Family Dental Center always offers same-day emergency appointments.

When would I need emergency dentistry?

It’s difficult to know what constitutes a dental emergency, but if you’re unsure, don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr. Taylor’s Family Dental Center. While every emergency is different, you should schedule an emergency visit if you experience:

  • Severe jaw swelling
  • Extreme tooth pain
  • Bleeding gums that won’t stop
  • Canker sores that aren’t getting better
  • Numb tooth
  • Suddenly loose permanent tooth
  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Broken tooth

If you experience a rush of foul-tasting liquid in your mouth, it may be a ruptured tooth abscess. To prevent further infection, schedule an emergency appointment.

What should I do during a dental emergency?

The first step in caring for any dental emergency is scheduling a same-day visit with the team at Dr. Taylor’s Family Dental Center. They can tell you the best way to preserve your teeth and gums before your appointment.

How you care for your dental emergency depends on the type you have. The most common dental emergencies are:

Knocked-out tooth

While you should carefully rinse your mouth out, don’t remove any attached tissue. Find the knocked-out tooth and try to hold it back inside the socket. If you can’t, store it in a cup of milk or saliva to protect it while you wait for your appointment.

Cracked tooth

If possible, store the pieces of your broken tooth in milk or saliva and gently rinse your mouth out. You can apply a cold compress to the area to reduce pain and swelling while you wait.


Try to rinse your mouth out and floss between your teeth to make sure you don’t have any leftover food or debris. If that doesn’t relieve your discomfort, the team performs a dental exam at your visit.


A dental abscess looks like a small bump or pimple on your gums. To prevent a ruptured abscess, schedule an emergency appointment right away.

Bitten tongue or lip

After cleaning the area, apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. If your bleeding doesn’t stop, you should go to the emergency room.

Lost filling or crown

If you lose a filling or crown, the team may temporarily replace it with dental cement until they can create a permanent restoration for you.

Don’t wait to seek help if you think you have a dental emergency. Call Dr. Taylor’s Family Dental Center, or schedule an appointment online today.