If you experience a dental emergency after normal business hours, you might try to tough it out until the next morning. But if you’re in the Plymouth, MI area, you don’t have to! Dr. Doug Callow of Callow Family Dentistry knows that early intervention can save teeth, and he makes himself available for emergencies.
Unlike many other dentists, Dr. Callow monitors after-hours calls for emergency cases. He calls people back who urgently need his help so that he can assess whether they can wait until morning or need to be seen immediately. Call our Plymouth, MI office at 734-548-9381 for any dental emergency.
What’s A Dental Emergency?
Any injury that causes tooth loss is a genuine emergency. If a tooth is knocked out due to impact, it can often be re-rooted if it’s attended to quick enough. This is one situation where time can equal teeth – the longer you wait, the less likely that you’ll save the tooth.
A tooth that falls out for no apparent reason is usually a sign of a severe infection. The same holds true for severe, unexplained pain in a tooth or your jaw. Teeth aren’t supposed to hurt, so when there’s great pain, it signals that something is really wrong. In any event, you should treat tooth loss and dental pain as emergencies.
If you discover that you’re bleeding freely inside your mouth, it might be due to a broken tooth or a broken restoration like a filing or a dental crown. If you can stop the bleeding yourself, that’s best. When you can’t stop the bleeding in a reasonable amount of time, you should visit your local emergency room. Dr. Callow can advise you on the best course of action.
Speaking of broken teeth, any break in your tooth enamel exposes you to disease-causing bacteria. If the nerve is exposed, that’s going to get very painful very fast. Don’t put off having a broken tooth treated promptly; the fact that the tooth broke may indicate a more serious problem. Just like teeth aren’t supposed to hurt, they’re not supposed to break.
Severe pain in your jaw is another sign that something may be seriously wrong. Don’t write it off as a fluke or a one-time thing.
The only way to know if something is wrong is to have Dr. Callow perform a thorough examination.
Your Emergency Appointment
If you don’t need to be seen immediately, we can almost certainly see you the next day. Our office is open until 7pm on Mondays and Wednesdays and we open every other Saturday for a half day. We’ll find a time for you to be seen.
When you arrive at our Plymouth, MI office, Dr. Callow will quickly assess the problem and take steps to get you out of pain. Depending on your particular situation, he might recommend:
- A root canal to remove any dental infection
- A dental crown to cover and protect a broken tooth
- Antibiotics to help clear up a widespread infection
- One or more options to replace a missing tooth
- Repairing or replacing cracked or broken dental restorations
You can rest easy about your appointment; Dr. Callow is highly experienced and very sensitive to patients’ comfort. Since emergency situations tend to be pretty anxiety-provoking, we can also offer dental sedation to help you relax.
Don’t Tough It Out – Get Expert Help
In any dental emergency, we’ll make every effort to see you as quickly as possible. Remember, time can equal teeth lost. Contact Callow Family Dentistry at once at 734-404-7336.