In Case of Dental Emergency

Step 1: Don't panic!

Available after hours and weekends

If you have an urgent dental issue like a cracked tooth, a toothache, or got a tooth knocked out, Dr. Piero treats dental emergencies in Holland, Michigan and surrounding areas. Treating a dental emergency quickly can prevent permanent damage. If you feel that this is an emergency we have a 24-hour service available at 616-399-0288 and someone will help you. If your emergency is life-threatening dial 911 or go immediately to your local hospital emergency room.

We understand that you can’t always plan when you will need our care, if you experience a dental emergency, please call us immediately. Our team will schedule you to meet with our dentist as soon as possible.

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Step 2: Specific Situations

See below for instructions.

Depending on the case, you may need to focus on stopping the bleeding and protecting the injured or infected tooth area. For particular injuries please follow the next instructions detailed below. Never take aspirin. It is an anticoagulant which can increase or cause excessive bleeding. If you need to take something for the pain, take the recommended dose of acetaminophen (Tylenol).

  • Severe Toothaches or Pain

    • The most common causes of severe tooth pain or aches are debris which is lodged under the gum line, a lost filling or broken crown or an infection.  If the problem is too painful to last the night call our 24-hour emergency services dispatch line at 616-399-0288.  Only a thorough exam by Piero can determine the underlying cause.
  • A Knocked Out Tooth

    • Rinse your mouth out with warm water (ideally salt water) to cleanse the area.
    • Apply gauze and firm pressure to try and stop the bleeding.
    • Depending on the severity of your injury either go to the emergency room or call our office.
    • If you have the tooth, you have a 1-2 hour window in which Dr. Piero may be able to re-implant it so be sure to call us at (616)399-0288 IMMEDIATELY and of course, don’t forget the tooth.
  • A Lost Restoration (Filling or Crown)

    • Call our office during normal operating hours. Putting an ice pack on your face may also relieve some of the pain.
    • Crown:
      Save the crown if you can. You may be able to temporarily replace it yourself until your visit with the dentist.
      To do so, gently clean the crown and then apply either dental adhesive or dental cement to the inside of the crown and slip it back in place.

Step 3: Contact our office immediately.

In severe cases call 911.

Unfortunately, tooth pain doesn’t wait for “normal business hours”.  If a dental emergency occurs after hours or on the weekend please call our 24 Hour service line at 616-399-0288 and if necessary Dr. Piero will come in after hours to help alleviate the pain.  Some examples of these emergency dental situations are:

  • Extreme pain or infection
  • Bleeding or swelling
  • Injuries to the teeth and/or gums

The 24 Hour service line is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

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