Family Dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Emergency Dentistry

How can we help you?

Information and education are the keys to good health. Just as we believe in continuing education for ourselves, we recommend that our patients learn about their dental health. We are always happy to discuss your care with you, and we will never perform a procedure until you’ve been informed about the procedure we are treating and have given us your approval to proceed.

If you have a question, take a look at this selection of questions we are often asked about our practice, the services we offer, and dentistry in general. If your question isn’t answered here or if you need more information, you are always welcome to give us a call or send us an email using our convenient online form.

Emergency Dentistry

At Family Dentistry of Royal Oak, we consider a dental emergency to be any oral health problem that needs immediate care to relieve pain, stop bleeding, or save a tooth. This also includes severe oral infections that can be life-threatening.

Our Royal Oak dental office provides gentle and efficient emergency dental care so you can once again have a healthy, complete, and comfortable smile. 

Examples of Dental Emergencies

Our team at Family Dentistry of Royal Oak invites patients to contact us if they experience any of the following:

  • Persistent toothache
  • A broken or fractured tooth
  • Damaged or dislodged restorations 
  • A knocked-out tooth 
  • An object stuck between teeth that causes pain or bleeding 
  • Trauma or injury to the mouth or jaw, including the lips, cheeks, or tongue 
  • A dental abscess or infection 
  • Bleeding or swelling that won’t stop

Looking for Emergency Dental in Royal Oak? 

Dr. Suchi Chalasani is a skilled and caring emergency dentist in Royal Oak, MI. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please get in touch with us immediately for urgent oral health care.

We also encourage you to contact us if you’re not sure you have an emergency dental situation, and we will be happy to offer guidance and advice. 

A chipped tooth can detract from your smile and make you uneasy. Additionally, a chipped tooth can leave you vulnerable to an oral infection, tooth pain, and more. Your dentist in Royal Oak, MI recommends treatment to protect your oral health and your chipped tooth.

A small chip is easily treatable through dental bonding. This treatment means your dentist uses tooth-colored resin to conceal the chip and protect your tooth.

If a chip is more significant, we may instead suggest a dental crown or veneer.

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped ceramic helmet that fits over a prepared tooth and customized to look like your natural teeth. The crown cushions the compromised tooth against biting forces and keeps it safe from further damage or fracture.

A veneer is a ceramic shell that goes over the front of your tooth. It conceals your tooth flaw and can even hide other issues like a short or discolored tooth.

When to Contact Your Emergency Dentist in Royal Oak, MI

If you notice a small chip in your tooth that is not causing pain, it is probably not an emergency, and you don't need a rushed appointment with our dentist. However, if the chip is significant and causing you pain, we want to hear from you as soon as possible.

A knocked-out tooth is a stressful situation, not to mention an actual tooth emergency that requires immediate attention. Dr. Chalasani and her team have the best chance of saving your tooth when you act quickly if your tooth is dislodged.

First, call our Royal Oak dental office right away at (248) 399-8100 and follow the emergency instructions if it is after hours.

Next, prepare to transport your tooth carefully. Handle it as little as possible, and try to replace it back into its socket if you can. If that's not possible, use milk or saliva to keep the roots of your tooth moist while you transport it to your emergency dentist in Royal Oak.

If we can see you within one hour of your emergency, Dr. Chalasani may be able to preserve your tooth. She will always discuss and review necessary treatment procedures with you and outline any options you may have.

If we cannot save your tooth, Dr. Chalasani will discuss tooth replacement options with you so you can select the best treatment for your smile.

If you have a dental emergency like a knocked-out tooth, don't wait to contact your trusted Royal Oak emergency dentist for prompt and gentle care.

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