Emergency Dentistry

Emergency Dentistry Specialist
Whether you take an elbow to the mouth while playing ball or you bite down on a hard piece of food, mouth injuries can crack your tooth or leave you toothless. If left untreated, a dental emergency can lead to severe complications. Serving patients in the Ravenswood and Lincoln Park areas of Chicago, Dental Masters offers emergency dentistry for you and your family. If you think you might have a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to call the office right away.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What is emergency dentistry?

Emergency dentistry is considered any trauma to the mouth that may cause bleeding or lacerations to the gums, dislodge or fracture teeth, and may require immediate medical attention.

What’s considered a dental emergency?

Some common types of mouth injuries include cracked, broken, or knocked out teeth. These injuries can be a result of biting on a hard piece of food, a sports-related injury, a fall, or any other type of accident.

Depending on the severity of the injury and your hurt tooth's location, it’s possible that a chipped tooth or minor fracture can wait for a call to the dentist during regular business hours.

If your crack is severe, there's a significant piece of your tooth missing, or your tooth has nerve damage or is knocked out completely, you should seek immediate medical attention.

Sometimes the problem won't be as obvious as a knocked-out or broken tooth; you may find yourself dealing with severe tooth pain, like an abscessed tooth. If you think you need emergency dental care, call your dental professionals at Dental Masters first.

How can you avoid dental emergencies?

Often, better safety precautions could’ve prevented many accidents from occurring. You can avoid dental emergencies by:

  • Wearing a mouthguard: If you’re playing any contact sports, wearing a mouthguard can help protect your teeth from injury and trauma
  • Avoiding hard foods and candies: To help protect your teeth from injury while eating, avoid biting hard candies and ice

How do you know if you’re experiencing a dental emergency?

Here are some questions to answer if you aren’t quite sure whether or not you have a real dental emergency:

  • Are you bleeding from the mouth?
  • Are you in severe pain?
  • Do you have any loose teeth?
  • Have you been hit in the face or mouth?
  • Do you have any swelling in the mouth or facial area?
  • Do you have any bulges, swelling, or knots on your gums?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, call Dental Masters right away and describe what you’re experiencing. Remember, seeing your dentist within 30 minutes or less can mean the difference between saving or losing your tooth.

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