Dr. McKinley and Dr. Holloway provide emergency dental care in Shelby Township, Michigan, to help you recover after you experience a dental injury, tooth pain or another unexpected problem with your teeth or smile. Our skilled emergency dentists can usually meet with you the same day you experience the emergency if you call and come in during our office hours. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, call us at 586-685-0880 as quickly as possible, and our team will make arrangements for you to come in to our office for treatment. We will also provide instructions on what to do until you can make it to our office.

Emergency Dental Care Shelby Township, MI

A dental emergency is any situation that requires prompt attention from our dentists to resolve. Dental emergencies include:
• Severe toothaches or other types of tooth pain
• Lost dental restorations (such as fillings or crowns)
• Damage to the soft tissues (including the tongue, cheeks, lips and gums)
• Cracked, fractured or broken teeth
• Chipped teeth
• Partially or completely knocked-out teeth
As some dental emergencies are time-sensitive, we strongly encourage you to contact our emergency dentists as quickly as possible to receive treatment.

If you have sustained trauma or injury to your head or neck, a broken jaw, or another serious injury call 911 or visit the emergency room immediately, even if you may also need treatment from our dentists.

To learn more about emergency dental care and to meet with our emergency dentists, call our office today at 586-685-0880.

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Emergency Dental Care FAQs

Have you experienced a dental emergency? Here are a few answers to questions to help you until you can meet with our dentists.

What is a dental emergency?

A dental emergency is any situation involving pain, injury or damage to the mouth, teeth or supporting oral structures that requires attention from a dentist. Dental emergencies may be as simple as a toothache or as complex as trauma from a bad fall, a bike or car accident, or a sport injury.

I have a toothache, what should I do?

Simple toothaches can often be relieved by rinsing the mouth to clear it of debris or by flossing to remove anything trapped between the teeth. If this does not work, contact our office and make an appointment. Our dentists will examine your mouth to determine the cause of your pain and provide an appropriate treatment.

What do I do with a chipped or fractured tooth?

Start by contacting our office. There are a few things you can do while waiting to meet with our dentists:
• If you have the part of the tooth that broke off, rinse it in lukewarm water and bring it with you to our office
• Apply gauze to bleeding areas for 10 minutes or until bleeding stops
• Use an icepack or cold compress on the cheek over the area to minimize swelling and pain
• Use a topical pain reliever

What do I do with a knocked-out tooth?

If your tooth has been knocked out, contact our office immediately. After making arrangements to meet with our dentists, we recommend that you:
• Rinse your mouth to remove blood and other debris
• Place a cold compress or icepack over the cheek to reduce swelling
• Pick up the tooth by the crown. Do not touch the tooth root.
• Gently rinse the tooth to clean it. Do not use soap or chemicals, do not scrub or dry the tooth, and do not wrap it in a tissue
• Keep the tooth moist. You can do this by holding it in the cheek pouch or by placing it in your own saliva, milk or water.