Emergency Dentist in Woodridge, IL
We’re committed to providing all of our patients with the best possible care, even when the unexpected arises. That’s why when you call our office with a dental emergency, we will give your situation immediate attention and make arrangements to see you as soon as we are able to ensure that you get the urgent dental care you need.
During times when our dental practice is closed, call our office and talk to our off hours team member or leave a message and a member of our team will return your call as soon as possible. If you have a severe or life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room for treatment.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Emergencies
What is considered a dental emergency?
If you think you might have a dental emergency, we want you to call our office right away. We can help you decide if you require same-day dental care. Generally speaking, it’s considered a dental emergency if you’re dealing with unbearable pain that makes it difficult to eat or sleep, uncontrolled bleeding, or you need immediate care in order to save a tooth or dental restoration.
Can a knocked out tooth be put back in?
Yes, a knocked out tooth can be successfully reinserted in many cases, as long as you act quickly. The first step is to call our office so we can start making preparations for your emergency dental appointment. Holding the tooth by the crown (the portion above the gum line), rinse it with water or milk, then push it back into the socket. Bite down on a piece of sterile gauze to hold it in place. If you can’t put the tooth back in, place it in a cup of milk or saliva and bring it with you to our office and we can reinsert it for you. Once your tooth is back in the socket, we will use splints to stabilize it so your gums can reattach.
Is a toothache an emergency?
Not all toothaches are emergencies, but some are. If you have a toothache that comes and goes or sensitivity caused by eating hot, cold, or sweet foods, we’ll want to see you at our office soon, but you don’t need a same-day appointment. If, on the other hand, you’re experiencing constant, throbbing pain and it’s severe enough to interfere with your daily life, it’s a sign that you have a tooth infection or another serious dental issue. This is an emergency that requires urgent treatment.
Is a dental abscess an emergency?
Yes, if you have a dental abscess, emergency dental care is needed. This is because a dental abscess is a sign of a severe infection. This infection can easily spread to surrounding tissues, your jawbone, and even other parts of the body. If this occurs, it has the potential to be fatal.
Can I go to the hospital for a dental emergency?
We don’t recommend going to the hospital for a dental emergency. Emergency rooms don’t have dentists on staff, so you’ll still need to go to a dentist to get the dental care you need. ER doctors can only help manage your pain, prescribe antibiotics, and drain abscesses, but they cannot address the underlying cause of your dental emergency.