Emergency Dentist – Downers Grove, IL
Need Dental Pain Relief? Let Us Help
A sudden dental emergency – whether it’s a knocked-out tooth or a severe toothache that won’t go away – can be frightening. At Esplanade Dental Care, Dr. Albert and Dr. Snow know how unpleasant such an experience is and do everything they can to bring you immediate, effective relief that’ll help get rid of the pain and protect you from oral health complications. Call our office, and we’ll find a way to fit you into our schedule as soon as possible.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Is your emergency the result of poor oral hygiene, or did you have a sudden accident? Either way, we’ll find the root of the problem and take the appropriate steps to address it. Here are some first aid tips that will help prepare you for some of the most common dental emergencies:
Sometimes tooth pain is caused by food or another object becoming stuck between your teeth; floss and rinse well to rule out this possibility. Advil or other painkillers will help control the pain, but don’t put them directly on the gum tissue. Persistent toothaches could indicate an infection that will require a root canal, so call us as soon as possible.
Gather up any large pieces that come loose; you’ll want to bring them with you to your appointment. The tooth may be sensitive, but your saliva will help insulate it; that said, chewing could cause additional damage (and a tooth that’s broken beyond repair needs to be removed), so if you must eat, only chew with the other side of your mouth. A cold compress can help keep any swelling under control.
Find the tooth and pick it up by the crown (not the root). There’s usually only a small amount of time to try and replant a tooth, so don’t delay in making an emergency appointment. After rinsing the tooth off, you can try and put it back in its socket; otherwise, carry it in your cheek pocket or a container of milk so that it stays moist.
Try and save the crown if possible. A sensitive tooth can be sealed with dental wax, and over-the-counter pain medications can lessen any discomfort.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
While there will always be a chance of your mouth suffering from some kind of physical trauma, adopting good habits will greatly decrease your risk. Don’t bite down on ice, pen tips and other hard objects, and never use your teeth to open packages of any kind. Also, if you play a sport (even one that’s low contact), always wear a mouthguard.
Brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash on a regular basis will help get rid of the bacteria that cause infections in your teeth and gums. You might miss a few spots without realizing it, but luckily a thorough checkup and cleaning at Esplande Dental Care will help take care of that!
Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Sometimes it can be as simple as writing a prescription; other times an extraction or another form of advanced dental care is necessary. Whatever the case, we’ll examine your situation and give you an estimate of the price so that you can begin to make a plan. Of course, our first priority will always be saving your smile!