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Emergency Dentistry – Lake Zurich, IL

Quick Dental Care When You Urgently Need It

Severe dental pain and serious oral injuries require urgent treatment. When you call Grand Dental – Lake Zurich for an emergency, we’ll do everything we can to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. You can even reach us after hours for emergency dentistry in our Lake Zurich, IL dental office, and we’ll always provide you with gentle first-aid advice to make the situation easier.

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How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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A dental emergency will pretty much always strike when you’re not expecting it. It’s important to get in touch with our team right away in order to take control of the situation. We’ll also offer personalized advice for taking care of your teeth and gums until you arrive for your appointment.

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Toothaches

Floss thoroughly and rinse with salt water to remove anything caught between your teeth. Take an over-the-counter pain medication or apply a cold compress to your face to relieve the pain.

Learn About Root Canals

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Chipped/Broken Teeth

Gather the pieces of the tooth, rinse them off, and put them in a sealable bag. Cover any jagged edges of the tooth with sugar-free gum or orthodontic wax.

Learn About Tooth Extractions

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Knocked-Out Tooth

Aim to get to our dental office within the hour. Only handle the tooth by the crown, not the roof. Try to put it back in its socket, or else preserve it in a container of milk or salt water.

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Lost Filling / Crown

Save the crown if you can. After you rinse it off, you can try to temporarily reattach it with a piece of sugar-free gum or some denture adhesive.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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There are a few ways you can reduce the chance of a dental emergency. Good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups are a must, of course, but you can also protect yourself from dental accidents by wearing a mouthguard while playing sports (or at night if you grind your teeth). You should also drop bad oral habits like using tobacco or chewing on ice.

Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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Before we can determine the cost of emergency care, we need to examine your mouth and figure out the cause of the problem. Once we have a concrete treatment plan laid out, we can explain the costs to you and go over your financing options or help you maximize your dental insurance benefits.

Dental Emergency FAQs

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An emergency dentist in Lake Zurich is a person’s go-to ally in the battle against decay, infection, and damage. They’re also prepared to equip patients with the tips and techniques necessary to avoid further damage to their smiles and overall health. This is why we’ve pulled together questions asked by our patients. If after reviewing these dental emergency FAQs patients still have concerns, we invite everyone to contact our office. Our team will be happy to help.

Will my toothache go away on its own?

It’s unlikely that a toothache will go away on its own. To avoid worsening symptoms, it’s always best to schedule an appointment with a member of our dental team. This will allow us to rule out any other issues that may be the cause of the pain. By identifying problems early on, we can mitigate the chances of more timely, costly, and serious restorative dentistry. If we discover there is damage to the inside of the tooth, we will likely recommend root canal therapy as a way to alleviate the risk of undergoing an extraction.

Can the emergency room remove a tooth?

Only licensed dentists can extract problem teeth. It is actually illegal for individuals without the proper training and education to perform this type of dental procedure. If a person goes to the emergency room because of tooth pain, the only solution received will be antibiotics or pain medication; however, this does not address the underlying cause of pain. Depending on the severity of the issue, either a root canal or extraction may be required.

Do chipped teeth heal?

Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, but it is not strong enough to heal itself. When chipping a tooth, it is necessary for individuals to schedule an appointment with their dentist to ask about available solutions designed to treat a chipped tooth. Over time, the tooth might begin to remineralize, but this cannot be mistaken as the tooth growing back.

Should knocked-out teeth be placed in water?

No, it is never a good idea to place a knocked-out tooth in water. Why? Because the tooth’s root surface cells can become damaged. This type of dental emergency in Lake Zurich requires the help of a professional, but until a person reaches our office, they must either place the tooth back in its socket and hold it in place or place the tooth in a container of milk. If a person opts to use water instead, there is a good chance the dentist will be unable to save it and reintegrate it with the bone tissue.

What does chronic bad breath mean?

Commonly referred to as halitosis, bad breath cannot be cured by brushing, rinsing, flossing, or even mints or chewing gum. Smoking, tobacco use, and dental infections are all common causes of chronic bad breath – things that can only be treated by our team at Grand Dental – Lake Zurich. The best way to know if it’s time to see a dentist about bad breath is if the smell does not dissipate after several days. If it does, it’s best to call and make an appointment with a dentist right away.

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