If you have any dental emergencies, please call us immediately:
You never know when you may need immediate attention for dental emergencies. At Advanced Dental Arts, we always here to assist patients in Grayslake, IL, and Gurnee, IL in need of urgent dental treatment after hours. Below are tips from Dr. Martinez on dealing with urgent dental situations. You may want to display this list on your refrigerator or store it near your emergency phone numbers for easy reference. If you have emergency dental needs, contact us as soon as you can.
Broken, Chipped, or Fractured Tooth – Same Day Service With Cerec
Contact Advanced Dental Arts immediately. With Cerec we can repair a broken tooth the very day it happens. If you do have chipped or broken a piece off of your tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water, then use a cold, wet towel or washcloth pressed firmly against the area to reduce swelling. Try to locate and save the tooth fragment that broke off.
Bitten Lip or Tongue
If you have bitten your lip or tongue severely enough to cause bleeding, clean the bite gently with water and use a cold, wet towel or washcloth pressed firmly against the area to reduce or avoid swelling. Contact Advanced Dental Arts in Grayslake, IL to help determine how serious the bite is.
Knocked Out Tooth
If your tooth gets knocked out of your mouth, find the tooth and rinse it with water (no soap), taking care to only touch the crown of the tooth (the part you can see when it’s in place). Try to place the tooth back in its socket and hold it in place with a clean towel or cloth. If you can’t return the tooth to its socket, place it in a clean container with milk. In either case, contact Advanced Dental Arts immediately and head to the hospital. If you act quickly, it’s possible to save the tooth.
Object Caught In Teeth
If you have something caught between your teeth, use dental floss to remove it gently. Never use a metal, plastic, or sharp tool to remove a stuck object. If you are unable to remove the item with dental floss, contact our office in Grayslake, IL.
If your child has a very loose tooth, it should be removed to avoid being swallowed or inhaled.
If you are suffering from a toothache, rinse your mouth with warm water and inspect your teeth to be sure there is nothing caught between them. If pain continues, use a cold, wet towel or washcloth pressed firmly against the area to ease the pain. Do not apply heat or use any aspirin or topical pain reliever directly on the affected area, as this can cause damage to the gums. General pain relievers may be taken orally. Schedule an appointment immediately.
If you know or suspect you have sustained a broken jaw, use a cold, wet towel or washcloth pressed firmly against the area to reduce swelling. Contact us and head to the hospital immediately. In many cases, a broken jaw is the result of a blow to the head. Severe blows to the head can be dangerous and even life-threatening.
How Can I Avoid Dental Emergencies?
While you cannot fully prevent dental emergencies or other dental injuries, here are some things you can do to reduce risk:
- Avoid chewing hard food, including ice, and popcorn kernels.
- If you play contact sports, wear a mouthguard. Ask us about creating a custom-fitted mouthguard.
- Always use car seats for young children and require seatbelts for older children.
- For children, childproof your house to avoid falls.
- Finally, prevent toothaches with regular brushing, flossing, and visits to our office.