What Is a Dental Emergency? Coronavirus/COVID-19 Dental Help

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Dentists offer an essential healthcare service. Contemporary Family Dental is open for emergency dental services and urgent dental care during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

But what is a dental emergency? What’s the difference between a dental emergency and urgent dental care?

Contemporary Family Dental Is Open for Dental Emergencies

A dental emergency is “potentially life-threatening” and requires “immediate treatment,” according to the American Dental Association (ADA). Examples of dental emergencies include:

  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Soft tissue bacterial infection with swelling in or around the mouth that may compromise your ability to breathe
  • Facial trauma that may compromise your ability to breathe

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, call us immediately for an appointment at (616) 209-3969.

Contemporary Family Dental Is Open for Urgent Dental Care

Urgent dental care is necessary “to relieve severe pain and/or risk of infection.” These are situations when it’s best for you to see a dentist instead of filling one of the few beds in your hospital’s emergency room. If you’re suffering from any of the following, you can call our office to schedule an appointment with our dentists:

  • Severe dental pain
  • Painful tooth fracture
  • Abscess or infection resulting in swelling
  • Required preoperative treatment for critical procedures
  • Postoperative treatment (e.g., removing stitches) or issues
  • Biopsy of abnormal tissue
  • Adjustments or repairs for broken or malfunctioning dentures
  • Denture adjustments for patients undergoing cancer treatment
  • Snipping or adjusting orthodontic wires (braces) if they are piercing your cheeks or gums

Get Treated for an Urgent or Emergency Dental Problem

You can contact us online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

If you’d like a more immediate response, we are currently answering phones Monday—Thursday from 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. On Fridays, we will answer the phone from 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

To stay updated on our temporary service hours, be sure to check out our COVID-19 Updates page.

What About Other Dental Needs?

By executive order from Governor Whitmer, we are suspending any elective, non-emergency, non-urgent dental services until Tuesday, April 14, 2020 (as of this blog’s publication date). That means that until the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order is lifted, we are no longer performing the following services:

In the meantime, you are more than welcome to take advantage of our telehealth services. A telehealth dental appointment allows you to get dental advice while maintaining social distance. If you aren’t sure if your dental condition requires an in-person visit, please visit INeedADentistNow.com to make a teledentistry appointment with our dentists from your home.

Get Urgent or Emergency Dental Care from Contemporary Family Dental

If you’re suffering from a dental emergency, or if you require urgent dental care, call our office. Our Grand Rapids, MI, emergency dentists are ready to respond to your dental emergency. Our office is following both CDC and OSHA guidelines to create a safe, healthy, sterile environment for our patients. Call Contemporary Family Dental today at (616) 209-3969 or contact us online to schedule an appointment today.

Please note that if you are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19, we ask that you please reschedule your dental appointment. If you are sick but also experiencing a dental emergency, please call our office so we can advise you on where to seek treatment and take necessary steps to protect our other patients and employees.