O’Fallon, IL Emergency Dentist
When you have a dental emergency, it is important to see a dentist right away. At Lake Pointe Dental Group, our practice goal is to see emergency patients as soon as possible and the same day in most cases.
Emergency dental work can involve a myriad of issues. Below covers some of the issues we can address on an emergency basis and the steps you can take to relieve dental pain prior to your appointment:
If you find yourself with a painful toothache, you should first rinse with warm salt water to remove any food stuck between teeth. Do not use aspirin on the tooth or gum area where the toothache is taking place. Instead, take acetaminophen to temporary relieve tooth pain. If swelling is an issue as a result of the toothache, use a cold compress.
Have tooth pain that extends beyond one day? Contact us for an appointment.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek
If you have bruising following a cut or bitten tongue, lip, or cheek, apply ice. If bleeding is an issue, however, firm but gentle pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth can help relieve pain and stop bleeding. In the event the bleeding continues more than 15 minutes, contact an emergency dentist right away.
A broken tooth can be painful and lead to many issues. To take care of a broken tooth, start by rinsing with warm water. Recover broken tooth fragments if you can and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling and bleeding. Following these steps, contact a dentist right away to fix your broken tooth.
Permanent Tooth Knocked Out
Losing a permanent tooth is a serious issue. If you have had a tooth knocked out, do not hold it by the tooth roots. Instead, hold it by the crown and reinsert it into the tooth socket. Apply pressure to hold it in place with a clean cloth or sterile gauze. If the lost tooth cannot be reinserted into the socket, put it in a cup with milk or water and go to a dentist immediately as soon as possible. Time is of the essence when a lost permanent tooth occurs!
If a jaw injury leads you to believe the jaw has been broken, go to an emergency right away once you have tied the mouth closed with a handkerchief, tie, or towel.
Bleeding After Baby Tooth Falls Out
If your child’s baby tooth has fallen out but the bleeding appears to be heavier than with normal tooth loss, apply sterile gauze or a cloth to the area and have the child bite down for 15 minutes. If the bleeding continues beyond this time period, schedule an appointment with a dentist.
Cold Sores or Canker Sores
Pain associated with a cold or canker sore can usually be relieved by over the counter medication. You can also swish with warm salt water to encourage the body’s healing processes. If sores persist after pain relieving medication has been taken, visit a dentist to discuss your options.
What can I expect when I call with an emergency?
- Our goal is to get you in that day with one of our doctors.
- We will start with an exam and x-ray
- The doctor will access the problem and propose a treatment plan.
- Depending on what treatment is required the doctor will either: provide complete treatment, temporize the tooth (if needed), appoint you for further treatment, or refer to a specialist when required. We want to relieve pain and then provide the best treatment possible.