What to Do During a Dental Emergency

September 1, 2020 Premier Dental Center

dental emergency dentist troy miFirst, you need to call the Premier Dental Center at (248) 457-0500. Find your dental emergency below for further instructions.


If you have a mild toothache, try flossing between the affected teeth. While this may seem like strange advice, it’s not uncommon to get pieces of food caught between the teeth. Once this happens, the food can exert pressure on your teeth and irritate your gums.

If you dislodge a piece of food by flossing, wait to see if the pain subsides. If it doesn’t, call our office immediately.

If you have a mild toothache, you won’t need to see our dentist the same day that you call our office. Instead, we’ll fit you into our schedule for the next available time slot. For example, if you have a mild toothache on Saturday, you’ll be able to wait until Monday to see our dentist.

If you have a severe toothache, you’ll need to see Dr. Nazarian right away so you can receive emergency dental care. There are several reasons for why your tooth could be hurting. For example, a toothache could mean you have a cavity or infected pulp inside the tooth. Either way, Dr. Nazarian will need to examine the inside of your mouth and take X-rays to diagnose and treat the source of your pain.

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Knocked-Out Tooth

We have the best chance of re-implanting your tooth within the first 30 minutes. After that, the odds of being able to salvage the tooth decrease drastically.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Pick up the tooth by the crown (chewing surface). Do NOT pick up the tooth by the roots as this will damage the cells needed to re-implant the tooth in your mouth.
  2. If the tooth is dirty, gently rinse the tooth. Do NOT scrub the tooth or use soap.
  3. If possible, gently place the tooth back into its socket. If this isn’t possible, submerge the tooth in a container of milk.
  4. Call our office to schedule an emergency appointment.

Chipped or Cracked Tooth

If you have a large chip or crack in your tooth that’s causing a lot of pain, you may need to see our dentist the same day. In this situation, Dr. Nazarian may recommend a dental crown to restore the structural integrity of the tooth.

If you have a small chip or crack in your tooth, you’ll be able to wait until our regular office hours to schedule an appointment. In the meantime, you may take over-the-counter pain relievers until you’re able to see Dr. Nazarian.

For a small chip to the front tooth, Dr. Nazarian may recommend cosmetic bonding or porcelain veneers. To repair a small crack, Dr. Nazarian may recommend a dental crown to restore the tooth to its natural strength and appearance. Ultimately, he won’t be able to recommend a course of treatment until he examines your mouth and takes X-rays.

Lost Dental Crown

While a lost crown isn’t a dental emergency, you’ll still need to call our office as soon as possible. That way, we’ll be able to fit you into our next available time slot.

While losing your crown can be uncomfortable, over-the-counter pain relievers can help you manage any pain or discomfort until your next appointment with us.

If your crown is intact, we recommend using dental cement to temporarily bond it back onto your tooth.

If this is the case, please follow our instructions below.

  1. Clean the inside of your dental crown.
  2. Apply the cement to the top of your tooth and place the dental crown on top.
  3. Hold the dental crown in place until the cement dries.

If your dental crown is in pieces, we still recommend keeping it and bringing it to your next appointment with us. Depending on the crown’s condition, Dr. Nazarian may be able to reuse it. But it’s important to remember that each patient is different.

In the meantime, mold dental wax over your tooth so it’s protected. You’ll want to use the same dental wax that’s used to push errant wire braces back into place. Most drugstores sell dental wax.

Request an Emergency Appointment

The best thing you can do during a dental emergency is to call our office. From there, a member of our team will answer the phone and advise you of your next steps. If you require urgent dental care, Dr. Nazarian will see you right away to diagnose and treat the source of your dental problem.

To request an appointment with our emergency dentist in Troy, MI, call the Premier Dental Center at (248) 457-0500. Dr. Nazarian and his dental team are dedicated to protecting your oral health!

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