Emergency Dental Care: What to Do When Accidents Happen | Chicago Heights Dentist

Life is unpredictable, and dental emergencies can occur when you least expect them. Knowing how to respond promptly can make all the difference in saving your tooth and preventing further damage. Here’s what you should do in case of a dental emergency, and how our Dentist in Chicago Heights can assist you.

Identify the Emergency

A dental emergency involves any injury to your teeth or gums that requires immediate attention. Whether it’s a knocked-out tooth, a chipped tooth, an object caught between your teeth, or a soft-tissue injury, ignoring the problem can lead to permanent damage.

Take Immediate Action

If you experience a dental emergency, don’t delay—contact Sparkling Smiles right away. Provide us with detailed information about your injury, and we’ll guide you on how to care for your mouth until you can visit our office. In some cases, we may recommend emergency care to address the issue promptly.

Common Dental Emergencies and Their Care

  • Knocked-Out Tooth: Rinse the tooth with water if dirty, and try to place it back in the socket. If not possible, store it in milk or a saltwater solution and contact our dental office immediately.
  • Chipped or Cracked Tooth: Save any pieces if possible, rinse your mouth with warm water, and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling and pain.
  • Objects Caught Between Teeth: Use floss to carefully remove the object. Avoid using sharp instruments to prevent injury.
  • Soft-Tissue Injuries: Rinse your mouth with mild salt water, apply a moistened piece of gauze or tea bag to the bleeding site, and use a cold compress to relieve pain.

Preventing Dental Emergencies

While accidents can happen, you can take simple precautions to minimize the risk of dental emergencies:

  • Wear a mouthguard when participating in sports.
  • Avoid chewing on hard objects like ice, popcorn kernels, and hard candy.
  • Never use your teeth to cut objects—use scissors instead.

Contact Sparkling Smiles

If you encounter a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to reach out to Sparkling Smiles immediately. We’ll provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to care for your mouth or schedule an emergency visit to our office. For any additional questions or concerns about dental emergencies, feel free to contact us—we’re here to help.

Sparkling Smiles of Chicago Heights
Phone: (708) 755-2400
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2400 Chicago Rd.
Chicago Heights, IL 60411

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Sparkling Smiles

2400 Chicago Rd. Chicago Heights, IL 60411
(708) 755-2400


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