If You Have a Dental Emergency We Can Help
Family Dental Center offers emergency dental care services to patients in Blue Island and the surrounding areas. It’s important to treat dental emergencies promptly to avoid more permanent or costly damage. Patients can rely on John Szydelko, DDS, to help them through any emergency dental situations.
If you are a loved one are experiencing a dental emergency, please contact us at (708) 371-3844.
What Constitutes a Dental Emergency?
Any pain that prevents you from functioning normally requires emergency treatment. Broken or lost teeth are also common dental emergencies. While you are waiting for treatment, here are some things that will help increase the probability of saving your tooth and reduce pain.
Dental Pain - The most common causes of severe dental pain are infection and trauma. A thorough examination is necessary to determine the underlying cause of any kind of severe pain. Manage your discomfort with ice packs and over the counter pain relief. Apply ice to the tender area for ten to twenty minutes every hour and take acetaminophen as directed on the package label.
Dislodged Teeth - If a tooth is knocked out, increase your chances of reattachment by protecting the tooth. Hold the tooth by the crown and avoid touching the root. Rinse the tooth, but do not scrub off any attached tissue fragments. If you can put the tooth back into its socket within one hour, there is a high chance of successful re-implantation.
Rinse your mouth with water and apply gauze to the area with firm pressure to stop the bleeding. Apply a cold compress to the injured area to minimize swelling. If the bleeding does not stop after ten minutes of constant pressure, you should go to the emergency room.
Chipped or Broken Teeth - Save the pieces of the tooth and rinse them with warm water. Place them in a small container and cover them with milk, saliva, or water with a pinch of salt. Gently rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress if necessary. Only a dentist can tell you for sure if broken pieces can be reattached, so, it is essential to make an appointment as soon as possible.
Lost Fillings and Crowns - If you can find the filling, put it in a safe place and take it with you to your dentist. If the area is sensitive or painful, you can temporarily fill it with dental wax or cement from the pharmacy. Do not use any other adhesives in your mouth. You can temporarily replace a crown with a denture adhesive or cement after you have cleaned any debris from the inside of the crown.
Compassionate Emergency Care from Dr. John Szydelko
Dr. Szydelko and his team at Family Dental Center prioritize the health and comfort of our patients. We strive to keep you and your family in the best oral health possible. Dental emergencies, however, can strike at any time despite even the most regimented care. We remain available for patients in need outside of normal office hours and do our best to treat emergencies as quickly as possible. Contact our Blue Island dental office today for more information or to schedule your appointment.
If you have questions or concerns about dental emergencies, please contact our office.