Emergency Dental Care
Dental emergencies can happen in the blink of an eye, causing you or a loved one immense pain and fear. In these situations, it’s important to remain as calm as possible. Please contact Michel Dental in either Silver Lake or Topeka today for the skilled assistance and friendly face you need most during this trying time. In many cases, we can see patients on the same day they contact us experiencing a dental emergency. If we’re unable to help you immediately, one of our knowledgeable dental team members will walk you through first aid and pain management over the phone. Dr. Michael Michel can help provide relief during a wide variety of potential emergency situations to repair your damaged teeth or dental structures, relieve pain, and get you smiling again in no time.
What are Dental Emergencies?
If you’re experiencing pain or dental damage that you think requires urgent treatment, our team will always take your word for it. We encourage patients to call us right away if they need help with their oral health. Even if we don’t recommend same day treatment, it’s always a good idea to get started with your restorative dentistry treatment plans right away, so don’t wait to call us. Some of those cases we most often treat as emergencies include:
- Partially dislodged tooth or restoration (filling, crown, bridge, etc.)
- Fully dislodged tooth or restoration
- Broken or fractured tooth or restoration
- Cracked or chipped tooth or restoration
- Lost filling or crown
- Broken or bent partials and full dentures
- Painful toothache
- Dental sensitivity when smile is exposed to hot or cold temperatures
- Something stuck between teeth that can’t be removed
- Oral bleeding
- Injury to the soft tissue or gums
Can I Prevent Dental Emergencies?
While a significant portion of dental emergencies happen completely by accident and can’t be avoided, there are some tips that patients of all ages can follow to ensure that their smiles stay safe, including the following:
- Don’t ever try to open difficult packaging with your teeth use scissors or other appropriate tools instead.
- Be careful when eating particularly sticky or hard foods.
- Do not use teeth to crack nuts.
- When participating in an athletic event where physical contact with a hard surface or another person is possible, make sure to always wear a sportsguard.
- Use mouthguards as directed if you struggle with nighttime teeth grinding and clenching to protect your smile from wear or damage.
- Most importantly, keep up with your daily brushing and flossing and visit us every six months for dental checkups.
What Should I Do if My Emergency is Life Threatening?
If you’re concerned you may be in serious danger, for instance when experiencing heavy oral bleeding or a possibly broken jaw, please proceed straight to the nearest emergency room for the immediate care you need. Once you’ve received treatment, please contact our Topeka or Silver Lake location if you’re in need of help with any lost and/or broken teeth that occurred during the accident. Dr. Michel and his dedicated team here at Michel Dental are always here to help.