Emergency Dentistry – Skokie, IL
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Dental emergencies can appear when you least expect it. Whether you’re simply eating one of your favorite foods and a tooth cracks or you’re playing football with some friends and take an unexpected tackle that leaves your tooth knocked-out, the next best thing you can do to manage your dental emergency is give our office a call! Dr. Weiss and Dr. Fulreader help you get out of discomfort and provide treatment that protects your oral health moving forward.
Why Choose Weiss Dental Arts for Emergency Dentistry?
- Same-Day CEREC Crown Technology
- Does Everything Possible to Get You Seen Quickly
- Advanced Dental Technology for Better Diagnostics
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Regardless of the type of emergency you’re experiencing, you should always give our office a call so you can get scheduled for an appointment. Most dental emergencies require professional guidance and treatment to handle. Of course, there are ways to improve your condition before you do arrive. Consider the following tips below!
Make sure there is no food debris stuck in between your teeth by using floss to gently remove it. You can also rinse your mouth out with warm water to help dislodge it. Take over-the-counter pain medication if discomfort continues. Apply a cold compress to your mouth for 10 minutes at a time for no more than one hour to reduce swelling. The cause could be tooth decay or an oral infection, so get to our office right away if the pain is severe or doesn’t go away.
Locate any pieces of the tooth that you can and bring them to the practice. Do not chew on that side of your mouth or at all if possible. If the tooth is sharp, cover it with dental cement or sugar-free chewing gum if nothing else is available. This prevents you from accidentally cutting your gum or oral tissue.
Locate the tooth, making sure to only touch it by the crown portion and not the root. Do not remove any tissue that’s still attached to the tooth. Gently rinse it off of any debris and place it back into your socket or inside your cheek pocket if this is not possible. You can also keep it in milk or saltwater to preserve it for up to one hour.
Locate the crown and use either dental cement, denture adhesive, or sugar-free chewing gum to temporarily re-attach the restoration to your tooth. If this is not possible or the restoration is lost, avoid chewing on that side of your mouth until you get to our office.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
While dental emergencies are unfortunate, they can be largely avoided if you know the proper steps to prevention. For example, practicing daily oral brushing and flossing will help you remove plaque before it attacks teeth or turns into tartar. Routine dental cleanings help you remove tartar and catch the early signs of dental conditions before they can cause harm. Wearing a nightguard if you grind your teeth or a sportsguard if you play contact sports can work to prevent damage caused by teeth grinding or forced trauma. Furthermore, you should never use your teeth as a tool or to bite your nails.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
If you experience a dental emergency, it’s important you get to our office so we can confirm what needs to be done to protect your smile and your oral health. The cost of your treatment can vary depending on the type of emergency you’re having, but also on how severe the emergency is. Regardless, putting off your treatment will only cause it to worsen, resulting in higher costs and more treatment. We’re always ready to get you out of discomfort and help you create an affordable treatment plan that’s within your budget.