Emergency Dental Care
Pain is the main symptom that brings people to the dentist. A tooth may suddenly become sensitive to heat or cold. Chewing may cause a tooth to hurt. A filling may have fallen out, leaving behind a throbbing ache. Any injury to the teeth or gums is potentially serious. Apart from the fact that even minor dental emergencies can cause excruciating pain, there’s always a risk of damage to nerves or blood vessels and of infections, which can become life threatening. If you ignore dental pain, you’re taking a chance because delays in treatment may significantly increase the risk of permanent damage. And that could lead to the need for more extensive and expensive treatment later. At one time, there were few options for dental emergencies: The main solution was to remove damaged teeth. Now you can benefit from tremendous advances in pain management and restorative techniques. Teeth can be repaired with synthetic materials that are durable and cosmetically equal to the natural material. New imaging techniques make it easier for Dr. Tanquilut to identify the problems and Dr. Tanquilut can almost always provide emergency dental care and help reduce or eliminate pain within a few minutes.
What you can do
First, call (708) 246-3635 and make an appointment. If you are unable to reach our office during an emergency, dial 911.
In the interim, here are a few steps you can take at home to try to relieve some of the pain: Take ibuprofen, aspirin or another over-the-counter analgesic. However, be aware that you need to seek dental care immediately. If you mask the pain with a painkiller and ignore it, the infection can spread and could become life threatening. If you can tell where the pain is coming from, brush the area or flood it with warm salt water, either by swishing it around your mouth or by using an irrigation device such as a water pick. If the pain is caused by debris lodged in a cavity, washing the area may relieve the problem. Floss your teeth, This may remove debris that’s lodged under the gum. Apply an ice pack to your cheek or jaw to relieve discomfort.
We are here to help you, any time, any day. When your dental health is at risk, we will do everything we can to make sure that you’re treated as soon as possible. While dental emergencies are rare, they can happen, and it’s important to know how to take care of your teeth no matter what. Common dental emergencies include:
- Broken or cracked tooth/teeth
- Broken jaw
- Permanent tooth knocked out
- Object caught between teeth
- Severe toothache
Call Western Springs Dentistry to schedule your appointment today!
Western Springs Dentistry
518 Hillgrove Avenue, Suite 200
Western Springs, IL 60558-1442
We are open
Monday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 1:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM