Emergency Dentistry – Norton Shores, MI

Need Care Immediately? Call Our Dental Experts

Every year, millions of people suffer from toothaches, broken teeth, and other dental issues that require immediate attention. You may not think these kinds of problems can happen to you, but they absolutely can – and you need to be prepared. Make sure you have the number for Laketown Family Dental on hand at all times, so you can call us as soon as you or a loved one is in need of emergency dentistry in Norton Shores, MI; we’ll make time for you right away.

Woman in need of emergency dentistry holding jaw

Why Choose Laketown Family Dental for Emergency Dentistry?

  • Most Procedures Offered In-House
  • Friendly, Experienced Dental Team
  • Same-Day Emergency Appointments

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

Woman holding ice pack to cheek after a dental emergency

What should you do in the event of a dental emergency? There are many ways to answer that question depending on the circumstances, but one thing you should always do is call us immediately so we can give you first-aid advice and schedule an appointment. When you call, please describe all of your symptoms in as much detail as possible so that we can give you the best advice. Here’s how to deal with some of the more likely dental issues.

Toothaches

Young woman with toothache holding cheek in pain

A toothache can have various causes. Sometimes it’s a piece of food or debris that can be removed with dental floss or mouth rinse, but in other cases, there might be an infection in the tooth itself, so take an over-the-counter painkiller for temporary relief until you can be treated.

Chipped/Broken Teeth 

Closeup of smile with chipped front tooth

Find the pieces of the tooth that have broken off and try to save them in a container. Check for bleeding and apply gauze as needed. Cover sharp edges of the tooth with dental wax to protect the inside of your lips and gums. Preserve the tooth by not using the affected side of your mouth to bite or chew.

Knocked-Out Tooth

Woman with knocked out tooth covering her mouth

It’s possible to put a knocked-out tooth back in the mouth. We have the best chance of success if you get to our dental office in less than an hour. Only handle the tooth by touching the crown instead of the root, and put it back in its socket if you can; otherwise, store it in milk.

Lost Filling / Crown 

Man looking at smile after losing a dental crown

Rinse the restoration off and see if it’s still intact. You may be able to temporarily reattach a crown to a tooth for protection. A small dab of toothpaste can add stability, but you should still be gentle on the tooth in question by avoiding hard foods and chewing on the opposite side of your mouth.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

Woman brushing teeth to prevent dental emergencies
  • Maintain good oral hygiene every day. Brush once in the morning and once in the evening. Try to floss daily. Use mouthwash for extra protection against bacteria.
  • Do not chew on ice, popcorn kernels, or other hard foods.
  • Avoid opening packages with your teeth or biting down on inanimate objects.
  • Invest in a mouthguard for playing sports or for protecting your teeth from grinding at night.
  • Visit us for routine cleanings and checkups every six months.

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

Dental team member and patient reviewing the cost of treating a dental emergency

You shouldn’t have to worry about the cost of treatment while you’re suffering from severe dental pain. Helping you find relief is our number one priority. The price of emergency care will vary, so before we begin a treatment, we’ll explain the costs involved so that you understand what you can expect. Dental insurance, financing, and other payment options will be thoroughly discussed to lighten your financial burden as much as possible.

Root Canal Therapy

Animated tooth with damage in need of root canal therapy

The phrase “root canal” seems to scare people, but the procedure is nothing to worry about; it’s more likely to stop pain than cause it. Simply put, when a tooth is infected, the diseased tissue beneath the enamel has to be removed before the bacteria spreads beyond the roots. The inside of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and detoxified before being refilled and resealed. This procedure can help save a tooth that might otherwise need to be removed.

Tooth Extractions

Three teeth on tray after tooth extraction

Sometimes, a tooth needs to be removed, such as when there’s a cavity that can’t be repaired with a filling or crown, or when gum disease has weakened the bone supporting the tooth to the point where it will be lost anyway. A tooth extraction is never our first choice for a treatment solution, but when one is needed, we’ll make the procedure as gentle as possible while ensuring that there are no unnecessary complications.