How to Handle a Dental Emergency

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No one wants to be in that position. You are just living your life, then bam! A tooth is broken — or knocked out altogether — or you are in sudden and unexpected pain. A  dental emergency  can be a frightening and painful situation.

However, while we can’t help you avoid every emergency with your teeth and gums, we can help you be prepared in case one does occur. That will help you be cool and collected, not panicked. And it gives you the best chance for a great outcome.

If you do find yourself in the throes of an emergency dental situation in Plymouth, MI, one of the first steps you should take is to call Douglas A. Callow, DDS at 734-404-7336.

We will do our very best to see you that very day. Plus we offer family-friendly extended hours — as late as 7 p.m. during the week and even some Saturday openings. Dr. Callow monitors his phone even when the office is closed, so he will be able to advise you on next steps.

Here are a few dental emergencies you may encounter, and how to take care of them until you are able to make it into our office.


A Knocked-Out Tooth

When a tooth is knocked clean out of your mouth, you may think you are doomed to go around with a hole in your smile for life. Happily, this is not necessarily true. Under the right conditions, a knocked-out tooth may reattach. There are just a few things to remember:

  • Time is crucial. Call us immediately and let us know the situation so we can get you in as soon as possible.
  • Never hold the tooth by the root. Touch the crown (the part that normally sits above the gumline) only.
  • If you can, “store” the tooth right back in its socket, facing the correct way. If you can’t do this safely, keep it moist in a cup of milk. Water should be used only as a last resort.

If we are unable to save your natural tooth, we have excellent options — bridges  and  dental implants  — for restoring your smile.


A Cracked or Broken Tooth

A broken or cracked tooth can be scary and painful. Here are the step you should take.

  • Call us to make an appointment ASAP.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm water.
  • Applying a damp gauze or tea bag can staunch bleeding.
  • If you in pain or swollen, hold a cold pack to the outside of your cheek.
  • You may take an OTC pain reliever.


Unexplained Tooth Pain

Toothache, of course, is a signal that something is wrong in your mouth. It could be due to tooth decay, a serious infection called an abscess, or from another reason altogether. Regardless, it’s essential that you call us right away so we can get to the root of the problem. In the meantime, you can help reduce pain by rinsing with salt water, applying a cold compress, or taking an OTC pain medication.


If you experience a dental emergency in Plymouth, MI, call Douglas A. Callow at 734-404-7336. For non emergencies, we also have an online contact form.



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