What To Do in a Dental Emergency
By Lynch Dental Center
December 30, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental emergency  

If you had a dental emergency, what would you do? For excellent first aid advice, call your dentist in River Forest, IL, and Chicago, IL. The team at the loop locations of Lynch Dental Center will advise you on stabilizing your problem and get you the prompt treatment you need. Count on the expertise and compassion of Drs. John Lynch, Frances Lynch, and Sheila Lynch.

What is a dental emergency?

It's an urgent medical condition involving your teeth, gums, soft tissues, and facial bone structure. There may be frank bleeding, loss of structural integrity, extreme pain, and other pressing symptoms.

Dental emergencies require fast and accurate treatment from your dentist at Lynch Dental Center in River Forest, IL. The loop location offices are fully equipped and staffed to stabilize your symptoms and restore your mouth to full function and normal appearance.

Examples of dental emergencies and first aid interventions include:

  • Cracked or knocked out tooth Put the fragments in a sealed container to bring to the office for repair with composite resin. For a completely avulsed tooth, rinse it and place the roots into the socket. Hold the tooth in place, or put it between your gums and cheek. Get to Lynch Dental Center for replantation. Inside Dental Assisting affirms successful placement and long-term survival of a lost tooth if the patient is treated within the first hour of his or her trauma.
  • Lost filling, crown, veneer, or orthodontic appliance Bring it to the office. In the meantime, cover any rough surfaces with orthodontic wax available at your local drugstore.
  • Toothache (and drainage) If you have a displaced tooth, a large cavity, or a dental abscess, you may develop a throbbing toothache. Ice your jaw if it's swollen (10 minutes on and 10 off). Rinse your mouth with salt water and take over-the-counter acetaminophen or ibuprofen for the pain.
  • Bleeding Apply direct pressure for 15 to 20 minutes. If the blood loss continues, go to the hospital for emergency treatment.
  • Broken or displaced lower jaw This injury causes extreme pain and could obstruct your airway. Go to your hospital ER as soon as possible for medical treatment.

Stay calm and call us

At Lynch Dental Center, our professional team is dedicated to your oral health, particularly if you have an emergency situation. Put our phone number in your contacts, and call us when a pressing dental matter arises. Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Frances Lynch, or Dr. Sheila Lynch will help you. Count on compassion and accuracy. We have two loop locations. In Chicago, IL, phone (312) 263-3235. In River Forest, call (708) 366-6411.