Just like there are emergency room doctors for medical issues, there are emergency dentist to treat urgent situations related to the teeth, gums, and other oral tissues. Emergency dentistry is a specialty that focuses on providing quick care to individuals who are suffering from ailments that require immediate attention.
Our dentists, hygienists, and support staff at Summit Woods Family Dental Care in Jackson, MI are all trained to handle dental emergencies and will keep the environment calm, relaxing, and informative while working with you.
An individual who is facing a dental concern that has a time limit needs to see an emergency dentist. A “time limit” is the period of time it takes for the problem to worsen. For example, someone who has a tooth physically knocked loose only has a couple of hours to seek treatment before it becomes impossible to restore it to the mouth.
If you or someone you know is experiencing one of the following scenarios, we strongly suggest you come to see our 24-hour dentist as soon as possible:
We can also provide treatment if you have severe pain in a tooth or have oral lacerations that require stitching.
Once you identify that you are in an emergency situation, it is important to remain calm. There are a couple of things you can do to improve your situation until you are able to see us at our dental clinic near you.
If you have lost or fractured a tooth, find the pieces. Resist the urge to scrub them and instead keep them with you. If some nerve and soft tissue are still attached to a knocked-out tooth, put it back in its socket. Our dentist might be able to preserve it.
If you are dealing with severe bleeding, use a paper towel to stem the flow. Keep your jaw in one position and try to keep your mouth closed.