Emergency Dentistry Specialist

Healthy Smiles Dental Care

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Chelsea, MI, Flint, MI, Lansing, MI, Barton City, MI, & Muskegon, MI

A mouth wound, cracked tooth, or knocked-out teeth are all good reasons to find an emergency dentist near you as soon as possible. Healthy Smiles Dental Care's dental experts in Chelsea, Flint, Lansing, Barton City (Jewell Lake Dental), and Muskegon, Michigan can serve the emergency dental needs of everyone in your family. If you or a family member are facing a dental emergency, call the office location nearest you or book an appointment online.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What is emergency dental care?

An emergency dentist addresses any dental problem that requires immediate treatment to stop ongoing tissue bleeding, alleviate severe pain, or save a tooth. Dental emergencies are typically any situation in which you need to save a broken or knocked-out tooth. Visiting Healthy Smiles Dental Care within 30 minutes of your tooth or mouth injury could mean the difference between saving or losing the tooth.

When should I call an emergency dentist?

It's a good idea to seek immediate emergency dental care whenever you or a family member are suffering from a severe oral injury or other excruciating condition. Common dental emergency situations include:

  • Knocked-out teeth
  • A loose permanent tooth
  • Extreme mouth or tooth pain
  • Bleeding inside your mouth from your gums, cheeks, or tongue
  • An injury to your mouth or face
  • Uncomfortable swelling in your mouth, gums, or tongue
  • A badly cracked or broken tooth
  • A tear or laceration on your lips

If you chip a tooth, but it doesn’t appear as if you may lose the tooth entirely, it may not be a dental emergency. With that said, don't hesitate to speak with one of Healthy Smiles Dental Care's experienced dentists. They'll explain how to handle your tooth until you can visit the office.

How do I care for a knocked-out tooth?

A knocked-out tooth is no laughing matter. It's one of the most severe dental emergencies. If you don't seek dental care right away, you may be at risk of losing the tooth. Promptly clean your mouth and the injured tooth, especially if it's fallen out and gotten dirty. Rinse your mouth and tooth with lukewarm water. Do your best to avoid touching the tooth's roots.

Hold the tooth by the crown (the smooth white top part) as you rinse it. If it's possible, place the tooth back in your mouth and into the gum where it was knocked out. Try to gently bite down to keep your tooth in place until you can get to Healthy Smiles Dental Care. Call immediately, or have someone call for you to explain the situation.

If the tooth cannot go back into the empty socket, hold the tooth in your mouth next to your cheek or keep it in a glass of milk. The moisture will help prevent the roots from drying out. In the event of a dental emergency, call Healthy Smiles Dental Care for expert assistance.