Dental Emergencies

Dental Emergencies

If you have a dental emergency, call us immediately at 616.949.0230. If you are a current patient of PIDC and your emergency occurs after hours, you will be instructed on how to get in touch with the on-call dentist. How you respond to a dental emergency can be crucial for successful treatment. Keep these tips in mind to ensure the optimal outcome for your situation:

Information for Common Emergencies

  • In the event of a lost tooth, holding it in place is recommended. Do not remove any tissue from the tooth if at all possible. If you are unable to hold the tooth in place, put it in a cup of milk and call us immediately.
  • Broken tooth emergencies are best cared for by rinsing the mouth, using a cold compress and visiting PIDC as quickly as possible.
  • Bitten tongue or lip injuries should be cleaned and cared for with a compress to prevent swelling. If bleeding is excessive or you are in need of stitches, contact your local hospital emergency room.
  • If you have an object stuck in your teeth, gently try to remove it with dental floss. If this does not work, visit PIDC. Using a sharp or pointed instrument could result in a more serious injury to the mouth.