Memorial Day weekend will be here soon. It’s a great time to get together with family and friends. Often this involves food and drink and fun times.
You can probably see a table full of food already. Burgers, chicken, hot dogs, and all kinds of sides. The only problem is deciding what to eat first.
You might not expect it, but a dental emergency could be lurking on your plate. If you bite into a nut the wrong way or the pit of an olive, you could wind up with a cracked tooth. That can be painful, and it could lead to a tooth infection if you don’t take care of it quickly.
Douglas A. Callow, DDS, and our team in Plymouth, MI understands this, which is why we offer same-day appointments whenever possible for emergency dental care. We are open until 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesday. We also have Saturday hours every other weekend.
Even if your emergency occurs outside of our regular hours, feel free to call 734-404-7336. Dr. Callow monitors our phones, and he can let you know what to do in your particular situation.
Know What To Do
During any emergency involving your teeth, you want two things — to stop any pain and to get the situation under control.
Before you get to our office, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever. This can help you manage any pain you might be feeling due to an accident, injury, or infection. Another option is to apply an ice pack to the affected area to numb the pain and reduce swelling.
With broken or knocked out teeth, bleeding is common. You will want to get the bleeding under control, too. Rinse your mouth with water, then apply gauze to soak up blood if the bleeding continues. Repeat this process the bleeding stops. With a broken tooth, cover it with gauze or dental wax to reduce the risk of accidentally cutting the soft tissues of your mouth. With a knocked out tooth, try placing it back in its socket. Leave it there if it will stay, or place the tooth in milk if it won’t stay in its socket.
When you get to our office, you will be happy to know that we offer sedation dentistry. Inhaled sedation (laughing gas) takes effect within minutes of you breathing it. This will block you from feeling pain, prevent you from gagging, and reduce your anxiety. That allows us to address the immediate problem. Once that is under control, we can discuss corrective steps, including cosmetic and restorative services.
Get Help From Our Experienced Team
With more than 36 years of experience helping patients, Dr. Callow has seen and treated pretty much every kind of dental emergency multiple times. Regardless of how you feel, we can and most likely have cared for someone who had a very similar situation.
Our focus is alleviating your pain, so we can start working on a long-term solution to restore the appearance and function of your teeth.
We’re Here For You
Call our Plymouth, MI dentist’s office today at 734-404-7336 or fill out our online form to make an appointment at Douglas A. Callow, DDS. Routine care can help prevent many problems from becoming dental emergencies.