Emergency Dentistry – Chicago, IL
We pride ourselves on being able to offer our patients peace of mind here at University Dental Professionals, and this is especially true when it comes to dental emergencies. If you or a loved one develop a toothache or sustain a dental injury, you can always give us a call, and we’ll work to see you right away. And when you’re here, you’ll have access to multiple specialists, ensuring we’re able to stop your pain and fix your problem as quickly and comfortably as possible when you visit us for emergency dentistry in Chicago, IL.
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How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
An important thing to remember is that being cautious when it comes to out-of-the-ordinary oral symptoms is always better than waiting and letting a potential problem become much worse. So, if you even think you might have a dental emergency, go ahead and contact our dental office, and we’ll let you know what to do next. If we recommend coming to see us, here are a few ways you can manage the situation in the meantime:
Rinse and floss around the tooth to remove any food debris, and if the pain continues, take an OTC medication. Swelling can be managed with a cold compress. If your toothache goes away on its own, you should still visit us, as this might mean the nerve has been damaged.
Chipped/ Broken Teeth
Gather any pieces of the tooth you can find, put them in a safe container, and bring them to our dental office. Apply slight pressure with some gauze to stop any bleeding and cover the remaining tooth with some sugarless gum if it has a rough edge that could injure the lips or gums.
It’s important that you try to come to our dental office within an hour of the accident, as this gives our team the best possible chance to put the tooth back in place. Store the tooth either under your tongue or in a container with milk or saltwater—this will keep it alive until we can see you.
Lost Filling/ Crown
While not the most pressing emergency most of the time, it’s still wise to have a broken restoration repaired or replaced right away to protect the tooth from developing any decay or pain. Avoid chewing with the tooth and cover it with some sugarless gum if this helps.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
- Always wear a mouthguard when playing sports or doing something active.
- Be very careful when chewing particularly hard, sticky, or chewy foods.
- Preserve your enamel and don’t chew on items like ice, pens, pencils, popcorn kernels, etc.
- Don’t use your teeth to open packages, bottles, or remove tags from clothing.
- Get a checkup and cleaning at least twice a year—these appointments allow our team to solve small problems before they can become emergencies.
Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Many people are afraid to seek out emergency dental care because they believe it will be incredibly expensive. That is NOT the case at UDP thanks to our affordable fees and financing options. Plus, allowing an emergency to go untreated will only make it worse. This may result in a patient having to visit the ER, which is always more costly than coming to see us. When you come in for urgent treatment, we’ll discuss your options and work out a payment plan that fits comfortably into your budget.