We are proud to provide emergency dental appointments and understand that same day dental care is important.
Dr. Wildern has been a Dentist in Grand Rapids for over 38 years and has always had available appointments Monday though Friday. We work Monday until 6:00 pm and Wednesday evening until 8:00PM, we also offer appointments at 7:00AM on Fridays.
Monday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. every other week
Of course, we all know that dental emergencies can happen. We want to remind you that you can reduce the chances of damaging your teeth, lips, cheek and tongue by wearing a mouth guard when participating in sports or recreational activities such as basketball, soccer, bicycling, roller blading, hockey or lacrosse. Here are some simple tips for you to follow if you are faced with one of the more common dental emergencies.
When a Tooth is Knocked Out:
- Immediately call your dentist for an emergency appointment.
- Hold the tooth by the crown, not the root, and gently rinse the tooth in water if it is dirty.
- Do not scrub the tooth or remove any attached tissue fragments.
- If possible, gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket or in your mouth between the check and gum to keep it moist.
- Otherwise, put the tooth in a cup of milk and get to the dentist as quickly as possible.
- Remember to take the tooth with you!
- Rinse your mouth with warm water.
- Use an ice pack or cold compress to keep the swelling down.
- Use ibuprofen, not aspirin, for pain. Aspirin is an anti-coagulant, which may cause excessive bleeding in dental emergency.
- Immediately go to your dentist, who will determine treatment based on how badly the tooth is broken.
- Apply cold compresses to control swelling.
- Go to your dentist or a hospital emergency room immediately.
When the Gums or Tissues Are Injured:
Injuries to the inside of the mouth such as tears, puncture wounds or cuts to the cheek, lips or tongue should be cleaned right away with a warm water and the injured person taken to the dental office or emergency room for care. Bleeding from a cut tongue can be reduced by pulling the tongue forward and using gauze to place pressure on the wound.
Bitten Lip or Tongue:
Clean the area gently with a cloth and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, contact your dentist or go to a hospital emergency room immediately.
Interested in Emergency Dentistry services from Kent Wildern, DDS?
Call our Grand Rapids, MI office at (616) 364-8716 today!