If you fall and break your tooth, you’ll probably know that you need emergency treatment. Yet, some dental emergencies are a little more subtle, and may develop gradually until they become a dire situation. Most dental emergencies, however, involve some form of tooth sensitivity and pain. If your tooth suddenly hurts, then you might be facing a dental emergency and require prompt dental treatment. In the meantime, you can help make sure that your smile comes out on top by taking these few precautions.
Chipped, Fractured, or Broken Tooth
Structural damage to a tooth hurts more often than not. If you experience a toothache and notice that a piece of your tooth has chipped or broken off, then rinse your mouth carefully with warm water. If it’s bleeding, then apply pressure with clean moist gauze until the bleeding stops (usually no longer than about ten minutes) and call our office to schedule an appointment.
Partially Dislodged Tooth
If your tooth feels severely loose, it may be partially dislodged, especially if you’ve suffered a traumatic impact lately. Take great care not to pull the tooth out, and visit us immediately for appropriate treatment. A cold compress or ice pack to the side of the face can help reduce pain and swelling, and apply pressure by gently biting on gauze, if necessary, to hold the dislodged tooth in its socket.
If the force that your mouth or face suffered was enough to completely knock your tooth out of its socket, then quick action may allow you to save the tooth, rather than having to replace it. Collect the tooth, if you’re able, and rinse it and your mouth carefully with warm water. Try to place the tooth back in its socket; if it doesn’t fit, then place the tooth in a small container of milk and call us as soon as possible to schedule an emergency appointment.
Call Us Immediately for an Emergency Dental Visit
If you experience severe tooth pain or other dental emergency, then schedule a consultation with your dentist as soon as possible by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of West Forest Lake, Kennedy, Lake Bluff, Skokie, Junction, and all surrounding communities.