Emergency Dentist Lombard IL

What is a dental emergency?

A dental emergency is any situation that poses an immediate and acute threat to the health of your teeth or supporting tissues. Dental emergencies are often the result of traumatic impact to the mouth and surrounding bone. Dental emergencies may also be caused by a severe infection originating from decay or severe gum disease. To ensure the best possible outcome, any dental emergency should be evaluated by an oral health care professional immediately.

How soon should I be seen?

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, we recommend contacting Forcioli Family Dentistry at 630-627-1495 as your primary family general dentist. Once Dr. Forcioli can evaluate and diagnose the problem, we will complete same-day treatment if possible or refer you to the appropriate dental specialist.

What to do if a tooth is knocked out?

For permanent teeth that are completely knocked out (tooth avulsion) for less than 30 minutes, rinse the tooth and put it back in the socket. If you can’t get the tooth back in the socket, place it in a container of milk, water, or saliva to keep it moist. Do not touch the roots (handle the tooth by the crown) and don’t brush the tooth. Contact your general dentists IMMEDIATELY for information and emergency treatment – the sooner you get to us, the more likely your tooth can be saved!

Emergency Dental Treatments:

  • Tooth Extraction
  • Emergency Root Canal
  • Recement of Loose Crown or Bridge
  • Repair of Cracked Teeth or Fillings
  • Antibiotic Prescription for Dental Infection

Pain Management:

If you can’t get into your dentist’s’ office immediately, here is a list of effective home remedies to make you more comfortable while you wait for care:

  • Warm salt water rinses for sore teeth and gums.
  • Over the counter pain medication such as ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).
  • Ice packs applied to the outside of cheeks.
  • Dental anesthetics containing benzocaine may be used as directed on the package for pain.
  • Avoid overly hot and cold beverages and foods to reduce sensitivity.
  • Heating pads may be used for jaw pain.
  • Avoid chewing in the injured area.

Pain-Free Emergencies:

Some dental emergencies may not cause pain initially. For example, a cracked tooth may not hurt, but it may lead to nerve damage in the roots. For this reason, all of the following listed conditions require attention, whether or not pain is present.

  • Significant Sensitivity
  • Swollen or Sore Gums
  • Jaw Pain
  • Broken, Cracked, and Chipped Teeth
  • Broken Fillings
  • Broken or Missing Crown

We are here to help! Please contact Forcioli Family Dentistry if you have any emergency condition and wish to have the best oral health care possible.