Emergency Dentistry

At Family Dentistry of Royal Oak, we are always here for you and your family members during a dental emergency. This includes working hard to get you in front of our emergency dentist as soon as possible.

If you have a toothache or other dental emergency in Royal Oak, don’t wait it out and hope that things will improve. Taking this approach can cost you a tooth or even put your wellness at risk.

Dental Emergencies

It’s difficult to define dental emergencies because there can be so many variations. But for the most part, we tend to see the following:

  • Toothache—sometimes severe
  • Jaw pain
  • Jaw swelling
  • Bump or blister on the gum
  • Soft tissue injuries—cheeks, gums, etc.
  • Broken tooth or restoration
  • Knocked-out tooth or restoration

If you have suffered a minor impact injury to the mouth—sports-related or similar—we can typically treat you in our dental office. However, if you’ve been involved in a collision or suffered additional trauma, we always recommend going to your local emergency room first. You can contact us after you have been assessed and cleared by medical personnel. Your emergency dentist in Royal Oak, MI always wants you to be safe.

If ever you’re unsure whether your situation is an emergency, we encourage you to contact a member of our team. We can sort through your symptoms and make the best recommendation for your comfort and well-being.

Your Emergency Dental Appointment

If your dentist recommends that you come in for emergency treatment, our first priority will be making sure you’re relaxed and that we relieve your pain. We will then assess your situation and provide treatment—either stabilizing treatment or complete therapy, depending on the nature of your emergency.

For example, if you need a root canal treatment, we gently clear away the infection and close it with a healing agent and temporary filling. This stabilizes your emergency and allows you to rest easy without the pain of infection. However, we will not place a permanent filling or dental crown until your follow-up visit. This approach gives your tooth time to heal.

A dental crown is a tooth cap that covers your treated tooth; it is shaped and colored to match adjacent teeth.

Preventing Dental Emergencies

Your emergency dentist in Royal Oak recommends brushing and flossing twice daily and visiting our dental office twice yearly for dental exams and teeth cleanings. These practices have been shown to lower your risks for cavities and dental infections—both of which can lead to dental emergencies.

Of course, you should always wear mouthguards if you play sports and nightguards if you suffer from bruxism—grinding and clenching your teeth.

Treating Your Dental Emergency in Royal Oak

If you have a dental emergency, or if you’re not sure, contact a member of our dental team today.

When you or your family need emergency dentistry, we are here for you.  

We proudly serve patients in Royal Oak, Clawson, Warren, Southfield, and beyond.