In a perfect world, all dentistry is preventative and our patients never have to experience dental trauma. Unfortunately, this is not the case. When an accident happens, or you find yourself trying to live with extreme dental pain—you need to visit an emergency dentist in Chicago, Il. If you are in severe pain or are at risk to lose a tooth, please make a same-day appointment for emergency attention.
At Chicago Dental Arts, we are qualified and prepared to help patients in emergency situations, even during COVID-19. We are meticulous about our sanitizing protocol and our patients can trust that we will do everything possible to treat their emergency while keeping them safe.
What is Considered a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency includes any type of tooth and gum-related issue that simply can not wait for next-day attention. Some individuals will seek out emergency dental services after being injured in an unfortunate accident; in other cases, a call will come in from someone who has been experiencing slow-building pain that has become unbearable. If you need help, please do not hesitate to make an appointment with our emergency dentist in Chicago, Il.
Common Dental Emergencies
A Knocked-out Tooth
Also called an avulsion, a lost tooth is not a lost cause. In some cases, a knocked-out tooth can be saved with swift emergency dental care. Be careful when handling the tooth to only pick it up by the crown and not the root. You should rinse it in water without scrubbing it and try to re-insert it into its socket; if this can’t be done, contain it in a container of milk on your way to the dentist.
Chipped, Cracked, or Broken Teeth
Dental traumas such as these can be very painful. If this happens to you, you may not be able to wait long, much less overnight, to see a dentist who can help. In the interim, applying a cold compress to your face in the affected area may help manage inevitable swelling. It’s also important that you choose acetaminophen over other types of pain medicine and avoid numbing gels.
If you are experiencing a severe, throbbing toothache, temperature sensitivity, swelling, and/or a fever—you may have a dental abscess. A dental abscess may be visible to you in the mirror and appear as an irritated bump on your gums. It’s very important to take this condition seriously, as it can be potentially life threatening should the infection be allowed to spread.
How to Avoid Dental Emergencies
Though many dental emergencies result from a completely unanticipated accident, lots of dental emergencies are preventable. Careful dental care and additional best practices for risky activities can help you avoid ever needing an emergency procedure.
Tip 1: Wear a Mouthguard
It’s important to wear a mouthguard during sports activities, especially for contact sports such as hockey, football, or boxing. There are many different types of mouth guards designed for every kind of mouth, including custom, boil-and-bite, and ready-to-use mouth guards.
Tip 2: Never Use Your Teeth as a Tool
It’s never a good idea to use your teeth to open packages or bottles. Unfortunately many dental emergencies are the result of injuries related to these activities.
Tip 3: Avoid Hard Foods
Though it may be tempting to bite down on some cool ice at the end of your drink, think twice! Ice, hard breads, and other tough foods often cause breaks, chips, or other kinds of dental damage.
Tip 4: Practice Good Dental Hygiene
Excluding other types of accidents, spotty dental hygiene is another leading cause of dental emergencies. Some conditions are unavoidable, but taking excellent care of your teeth can help prevent situations from developing into a dental emergency.
About Our Practice
The Chicago Dental Arts team provides a complete suite of dental services. We focus on anxiety-free dentistry, which means providing a comforting atmosphere to all patients. We also provide sedation where needed to help them remain at ease during their procedure.
An Experienced Emergency Dentist in Chicago
Dr. Fedin is a Northwestern Grad with more than 25 years of experience. He has performed over 9,000 emergency dental procedures over the course of his career. The work we provide at Chicago Dental Arts is always quality-driven, with our patients’ best interests in mind.
Our Dental Office Welcomes You
We know that dental emergencies never happen at an opportune time and will make every effort to provide you with immediate and convenient care. Please do not needlessly suffer while our trained and compassionate staff stands by ready to help. Having practiced for over two decades, we take our commitment to the Chicagoland communities we serve very seriously.
- Walk-ins for dental emergencies
- Walk-ins for new patients
- Last-minute appointments
- Same-day appointments
- Next-day appointments
No matter the circumstances surrounding your dental emergency, we want to help. Give us a call at (312) 642-6631 or drop us a line using the email form found at the bottom of our site.