Waiting for Urgent Dental Care

Emergency Dentist Holland, MI

Waiting for Emergency Dental CareWaiting for emergency dental care?

While your regular dentist may be too busy to see you, our emergency dentist is on call 7 days a week and does his best to see patients the same or next day.

Continue reading to learn what you should be doing while waiting to be seen by our 24 hour emergency dentist. Contact us here to schedule your appointment!

Waiting for Urgent Dental Care

Toothache

Many mild toothaches are caused by food caught between teeth. Before calling our emergency dentist, gently floss to remove any trapped food particles that could be causing pain and rinse with warm water. If the toothache persists, call our office as soon as possible and take over-the-counter pain relievers until your appointment. DO NOT put crushed aspirin on your tooth as this burns gums and destroys tooth enamel.

Knocked-Out Tooth

Your best chance to replant a knocked-out tooth is within 30 minutes of injury. Our 24 hour dentist is always on call for such emergencies, giving you the best chance of saving your tooth.

  1. Call emergency dentist ASAP.
  2. Pick up tooth by crown (chewing surface), not the root. Touching the root can damage cells needed for reattachment.
  3. Gently rinse tooth.
  4. If possible, gently place tooth back in socket. Otherwise, store tooth between your gum and cheek or wrap tooth in clean gauze and immerse in whole milk.

Loose Tooth

  1. Call emergency dentist ASAP.
  2. Apply cold compress to cheek to temporarily relieve pain.
  3. Take over-the-counter pain reliever if necessary.

Cracked, Chipped, or Broken Teeth

  1. Call emergency dentist ASAP.
  2. Rinse mouth with warm water.
  3. Apply cold compress to cheek to temporarily relieve pain.
  4. DO NOT put crushed aspirin on tooth. Doing so will burn gums and destroy tooth enamel.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

The best way to avoid needing emergency dental care is to know what increases your risk for illness and injury. For example, playing a contact sport increases your risk of having a tooth knocked out by a blow to the face. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to avoid a call to our 24 hour emergency dentist.

1.) See Dentist Every 6 Months

You should see your dentist every 6 months for a teeth cleaning and oral exam. That way, he or she will be able to detect tooth decay, gum disease, and other issues that compromise oral health. The earlier you’re able to detect problems with your oral health, the less likely you’ll need urgent dental care.

1.) Wear Sports Mouth Guard

Do you play a contact sport? If so, you’ll want to ask our dentist about getting a custom mouth guard. A mouth guard is a removable oral appliance you wear to protect your teeth and gums from blunt force trauma. For example, a football mouth guard prevents a fractured tooth the next time you’re tacked on the field.

3.) Avoid Chewing Hard Foods

Who doesn’t like buttery popcorn at the movies (or at home)? Unfortunately, the unpopped kernels at the bottom of the bag can crack your teeth. We also recommend against chewing ice, hard candies, and other foods that are difficult to chew.

Dr. Lebster DDS and his team provide emergency dental services 7 days a week and are always on call. To request your appointment with our Holland emergency dentist, call RediDental Emergency Dental Care at (616) 796-3200.

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