When you or your child have a dental emergency, you will naturally want to seek medical attention quickly to restore your oral health. At Dental Impressions, we offer emergency dentistry services to help set you right. Contact our office as soon as possible following your emergency, and we will try to make time for you to come into our office that same day. If this is not possible, we may be able to refer you to a trusted colleague. In some cases, the dental emergency will not require immediate treatment. You may be able to wait until we can make an appointment for you in Chicago. Here is what you can do to save your tooth or teeth in case of an emergency.
A chipped or fractured tooth can usually wait until regular business hours to be treated. To keep the tooth protected until you can visit us, apply a dental cement onto it. This can also help with any pain.
A toothache is usually a sign of another problem, such as trauma, infection, cavities, or erupting wisdom teeth. You will need to visit our office in Chicago for an exam so that your dentist can diagnose the problem and start to treat it. In the meantime, over-the-counter painkillers can help with pain, and applying a cold compress can soothe the affected area.
Like a toothache, sore gums could point to another issue in the mouth, such as gum disease. To relieve pain or discomfort, rinse the mouth with warm salt water and make sure that any food or debris has been removed from the gums. If gum disease is the cause of your problem, prompt treatment is very important for stopping the progression of the disease and restoring the health of the gum tissues.
An avulsed tooth will require the most immediate attention. Retrieve the tooth and rinse it off gently with water. Do not use soap and only hold the tooth by the crown, not the root. It is important to preserve as many of the underlying cells of the tooth as possible to help with reattachment. Keep the tooth in a container of saliva or milk and bring it with you to our office at Dental Impressions.