Prompt treatment is essential during any emergency. Unfortunately, it's not always easy to tell if a dental problem can wait or must be treated immediately. Fortunately, here at Gerald R. Ryan Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Swartz Creek, MI, your emergency dentist, Dr. Gerald Ryan, offers treatments for a variety of dental emergencies and can help you determine if you need emergency care.
When to call your Swartz Creek emergency dentist
Contact your dentist immediately if you experience any of these issues:
- Knocked-Out Tooth: Did you lose a tooth after a fall, accident, or blow to the mouth? It may be possible to re-implant the tooth if you act quickly. After you find the tooth, rinse it with water, then place it back in its socket. If it won't fit, hold it between your teeth and gums, or place it in a container covered with your saliva or milk. Re-implantation is most likely to be successful if you visit the dentist within an hour after your accident.
- Loose Tooth: Accidents, blows, or falls may also loosen teeth. Emergency treatment can stabilize teeth and help them become firmly attached again. If your loose tooth has moved out of position, try to gently return it to its normal position. Don't force it if it won't move easily.
- Broken Tooth: Broken teeth can be very painful and affect your ability to chew, speak, or even breathe without pain. To fix the issue, your dentist can add a crown to the tooth to restore its function and appearance. If the break extends into the root, the tooth may need to be extracted, however
- Lacerations: Your emergency dentist also treats lacerations to your mouth and face. While you travel to the office, apply pressure with a clean cloth to keep bleeding under control.
Need care? Give us a call
If you're concerned about the state of your smile, call your Swartz Creek, MI, emergency dentist, Dr. Gerald Ryan today at (810) 635-8446 to schedule an emergency appointment or checkup.