Emergency Dental Care
in Sterling Heights, MI

5 Common Dental Emergencies & Solutions

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While every patient and case is unique, there are some common dental problems that often require urgent dental care, including:

Damaged Restorations

A damaged restoration, such as a crown or filling, leaves your tooth exposed and vulnerable to harmful bacteria that can cause pain and lead to an infection. By seeking treatment right away at our Sterling Heights office, we can put your oral health back on track.

Dental Trauma

Dental trauma, or facial trauma, is typically the result of an accident or sports injury. It’s an umbrella term that includes a variety of common emergencies, such as:

  • Chipped or fractured teeth
  • Dislodged teeth
  • Knocked-out teeth

Severely damaged teeth can be very painful, especially when the inner layer of the tooth called the dentin is exposed. You’ll want to have the tooth treated immediately to prevent the risk of infection. Dr. Ahmed may suggest a composite filling or root canal treatment to restore your oral health and alleviate your pain.

Severe Toothaches

A toothache typically doesn’t require immediate care unless it’s extremely painful. If the pain gets worse over the course of a day or you experience sensitivity to temperature, you’ll want to visit our Sterling Heights office for an emergency evaluation. It’s important to remember that dental pain typically doesn’t go away on its own and you should get examined by Dr. Ahmed as soon as possible so we can prevent further issues.

Bleeding Gums

If your gums tend to bleed when you brush your teeth or floss, this could be a symptom of gum disease and you’ll want to come in for an emergency visit so we can perform deep cleaning. Other symptoms of gum disease include tissue that’s swollen, red, and painful to the touch. If gum disease progresses to periodontal disease, it can result in damage to the jaw and even tooth loss.

Dental Abscess

A dental abscess is a buildup of pus that’s the result of an infection. The pain can radiate to your ear or neck and it may be life-threatening without emergency dental care. Conservative treatment involves draining the abscess — however, Dr. Ahmed may recommend root canal therapy or tooth extraction to get rid of the infection.

If you experience swelling of the lymph nodes in your neck or jaw, or your teeth are sensitive, discolored, and painful, contact our Sterling Heights office immediately by calling (586) 939-5151 and we’ll get you an appointment at your earliest convenience.

We offer a variety of emergency dental services to provide you with the relief you need. In addition to the above-mentioned treatments, Dr. Ahmed may recommend a dental crown — if the tooth is severely decayed or damaged, an extraction might be necessary to restore your oral health.

Same-Day Emergency Dental Care

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Oftentimes, dental emergencies mean that the health of your tooth is at risk. When this is the case, seeking treatment right away is the key to minimizing long-term damage, tooth pain, and the risk of permanently losing the tooth. We leave room in our schedule every day to accommodate emergency walk-ins. At Sterling Heights Dentistry, we believe you should never have to wait in pain or spend precious time searching for a dental office that can fit you in. Rest assured, we’ve got you covered! If you’re unsure whether your dental issue requires immediate attention, don’t hesitate to contact our office and discuss your symptoms with one of our knowledgeable team members. We’ll determine if you’re experiencing a dental emergency or if your issue can wait for a regular appointment.

Fitting Emergency Care into Your Budget

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We understand that you can’t always budget for emergency situations. That’s why we offer a full scope of payment options. At Sterling Heights Dentistry, we accept most insurance providers, offer an in-house membership plan, and accept third-party financing through CareCredit®. We aim to ease the stress of your emergency visit by ensuring you can get the treatment you need without breaking the bank. Visit our financial page to learn more!

Frequently Asked Questions

In the event that you damage your teeth, you should contact our Sterling Heights office right away by calling (586) 939-5151. In the meantime, you can clean the tooth so it’s free of debris and store it in a container with saline solution to keep the roots from drying out. If the tooth is chipped or broken, keep the pieces preserved as best you can.
Avoid lifting the tooth from the roots and try to only touch the crown portion instead. It’s vital to schedule an appointment as soon as you get a chance– this will help ensure the re-implantation is successful. Trying to fix a tooth that has been displaced on your own may only cause more damage. 

Sometimes, emergencies can be prevented if precautions are followed. For example, wearing mouthguards and protective equipment when participating in sports activities can help prevent damaging your teeth and gums.

Also, seeing your dentist for regular checkups will help them catch any issues before they become problematic. If you’re planning on leaving the country or taking a long trip, it’s a good idea to see Dr. Ahmed before you leave to ensure your oral health is in optimal condition.

Maintaining a thorough oral hygiene routine, in addition to schedule biannual checkups and cleanings at our Sterling Heights practice, will ensure your oral health stays on track.

Follow-up appointments are typically scheduled to examine how your mouth is responding to a particular surgery or procedure. In some cases, you may need to see Dr. Ahmed for a follow-up appointment if sutures need to be removed. 

He’ll also want to assess swelling and ensure your mouth is free of infection. If you’re unsure if your follow-up appointment is in need of immediate attention, give our office a call and we’ll help you get to the bottom of it.

If you’re experiencing a life-threatening emergency, you should call 9-1-1. Otherwise, our emergency dental care provider suggests taking an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as Ibuprofen, and applying a cold compress to the area to help with pain and swelling. At your earliest convenience, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ahmed so he can address the problem and decrease the risk of further damage.

Visit Us For Emergency Dental Services in Sterling Heights

Dr. Ahmed is an experienced emergency dentist who can provide a variety of solutions to serve your needs. If you’re in pain, contact our Sterling Heights office to schedule an appointment by calling (586) 939-5151. We’ll provide the relief you need so you can get started on the road to recovery.

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