Emergency Dentist – Chicago Loop, IL
When a Dental Emergency Appears, Don’t Panic!
When a typical emergency occurs, such as a broken bone, it’s obvious that you should get to a hospital right away. Dental injuries are not always so cut-and-dry, but they tend to fall into two categories. The more common one results from forced trauma, such as a sporting accident. The other occurs from teeth damaged by long-term decay. Regardless of the circumstances, what should you do?
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Any time you believe that you’re having a dental emergency, contact our emergency phone number by dialing 312-505-2918. You’ll be able to talk to a dental professional who can provide advice as well as get you scheduled for an appointment, ideally for the same day. Before then, take note of the tips to handle your issue below.
The best first step to take is to make sure no food is caught in between your teeth. If no food is present, take over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Avoid aspirin as this can cause a burning sensation to oral tissue. Use a cold compress to relieve any swelling that’s present.
Upon arriving, X-rays will be taken to determine if decay or infection is causing your toothache.
If no pain is present, you can wait until normal business hours to address your dental issue. However, if your tooth holds a crack that extends below the gum line, then you need to get to our office right away. Avoid chewing food on the side of your mouth where the tooth is damaged and get to our office if any pain is present. We will likely place a crown to cover the damaged tooth and prevent infection.
If your tooth is knocked-out, do your best to locate it and pick it up by the crown. Leave all tissue that’s still attached and gently rinse off any debris found on the crown. Attempt to place the tooth back into your jaw to preserve it. If not possible, place the tooth into a container of milk, saltwater or saliva to keep it preserved that way. By getting to our office within an hour, you have a much higher chance of getting it reimplanted.
Try to locate the crown or filling. Once found and cleaned, reseat the restoration using denture adhesive, dental cement or petroleum jelly. If you cannot find the restoration, avoid chewing on that side of your mouth until you get to the dentist. We will likely need to replace the restoration.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Preventing dental emergencies can be as simple as brushing twice a day, flossing daily and visiting our office every six months for exams and cleanings. This way, you can prevent and catch the early signs of tooth decay, gum disease and infections before they have the chance to become an emergency. If you play contact sports, always wear a mouthguard. Avoid using your teeth as a tool to open packages or bite your nails.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
The costs of dental emergencies can widely vary depending on what treatments need to be done. Some emergencies only require a thorough cleaning and dental filling placed. Others require root canal therapy, crown placement and follow-up appointments to confirm no other issues are present. The best way to determine your cost is to speak with our dentists directly. The costs for emergency issues are determined on a case-by-case basis, but you can’t know what it will cost for sure until you come in.