The good news about modern preventive dental care is that you can largely avoid the most common and destructive dental health issues, like cavities and gum disease. Your dentist can even detect less obvious threats to your smile, like bruxism and TMJ disorder, and treat them before you experience tooth wear or damage. However, even the most advanced dental care can’t always help you prevent an emergency situation. If your tooth is significantly damaged, compromised, or knocked out of its socket, then schedule an emergency dental visit, and take these steps to prevent more extensive damage.
A fractured tooth
If your tooth is cracked or fractured, then your emergency may include varying levels of tooth pain, depending on the severity of the crack. You can alleviate the pain temporarily by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever and by avoiding putting pressure on the tooth. If the tooth or the tissues around it are bleeding, then bite down gently on a clean, moist piece of gauze.
A broken tooth or dental work
If a piece of your tooth breaks off or an existing restoration, such as a filling or dental crown, becomes damaged, then your tooth can be at an immediate threat of severe infection, or worse. Rinse your mouth carefully and collect the broken pieces of the tooth or restoration, then bring them with you to your emergency appointment.
An avulsed (dislodged) tooth
Lost teeth can often be most successfully replaced with a dental implant and crown. However, if your tooth is accidentally forced out of its socket, your dentist might be able to reinsert it instead of having to replace it. Rinse the tooth carefully, without touching its roots, and place it in a container of milk until you reach your dentist’s office.
Call Us Today if You Have a Dental Emergency
If you have a dental emergency, then call our office as soon as possible to schedule an emergency visit. To learn more, call Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Lake Bluff, Chicago, Libertyville, Gurnee, Highland Park, Vernon hills, Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Bannockburn, Ravinia, and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.