Emergency Dentistry when You Need Us Most
Even if you take excellent care of your teeth and you brush and floss three times per day, a dental emergency can happen at any time. Dental emergencies are any issues or concerns with your teeth that arise suddenly and require urgent care. Without proper attention, these emergencies can quickly become painful, problematic, and difficult to fix. While you cannot prevent emergency situations from happening, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk. Finding emergency dental care in Arlington Heights, Illinois is an excellent first step.Have a Dental Emergency? Let Us Know!
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Common Dental Emergencies
Most dental emergencies have similar causes, typically relating to some type of sudden damage to one or more teeth. This includes broken, chipped, or cracked teeth. A tooth that has been knocked out also requires care as soon as possible. The same rule applies if you have new damage to existing restorative work. Damaged or bent dentures are another cause for concern, as are damaged orthodontics. In addition, a severe toothache or a tooth that suddenly becomes sensitive to temperature should also be examined as soon as possible. It is important to remember that this is not an exhaustive list. Even if your symptom or ailment isn’t listed, you may still be experiencing a dental emergency. The best way to find out is to contact your local emergency dentist with as much information about your situation as possible.
- Broken, chipped, cracked, or knocked out (avulsed) teeth or dental restorations
- Damaged or bent partial or full dentures
- Damaged orthodontics
- Severe toothache pain or dental sensitivity
What to Do Until Your Appointment
When you or a loved one experience a dental emergency, there are a few things you can do at home to stay as comfortable and as pain-free as you can until your appointment. Ice packs help to relieve pain and slow down blood flow, reducing the amount of bleeding you may be experiencing. You can also take over-the-counter pain relievers to help reduce the pain. If the blood flow is heavy, gently apply a sterile strip of gauze over the wound. Individuals who have lost a tooth should try to replace it in its original socket. If this is not possible, and you can locate the tooth, put it into a container of milk and bring it with you to your appointment.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canals have a reputation for being very painful, but we’ve got some good news – they’re not. In fact, root canal therapy can actually significantly relieve pain and dental sensitivity. Root canals are necessary when damage or decay accesses the inner layer of the tooth, the pulp, where the nerve system is housed. As the nerve is aggravated, patients experience toothache and sensitivity to heat and cold. To relieve this pain and repair the smile, we need to remove the inner pulp and nerve structures. Then, the tooth is refilled, and it’s protected by a dental crown. Once your treatment is completed, you’ll be completely comfortable and have a healthy, functional smile.
Contact the Emergency Dentists at Westgate Dental Care
Our team at Westgate Dental Care has been providing emergency dental care to the Chicagoland area for years. We are usually able to see existing patients the same day the emergency occurred, and with new patients seen as soon as possible. Our caring staff members in Arlington Heights focus on patient-centric care, putting your needs first. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule your same-day emergency dental appointment.