Emergencies and What to Do

By Laura Elliff, DMD
January 22, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Emergency  

Dental EmergencyDental emergencies can cause quite a stir, especially when they result in serious pain or a missing tooth. However, knowing what actions to take in the first moments of these issues can help you not only save your tooth, but also ensure that your health remains in top condition. Read below to learn about some common dental emergencies and how to handle them, but if you are currently experiencing what you think may require immediate dental care, call Drs. Andrew and Laura Elliff at Elliff Dental in Batavia, IL, right away!


What is considered a dental emergency?
A dental emergency can occur due to severe decay or an injury which dictates that you need immediate dental attention. There are several common dental emergencies:

  • A knocked-out tooth (due to injury or trauma)
  • A cracked tooth (which extends to the gumline)
  • A broken tooth
  • Injury to the oral tissues
  • A dental abscess (pimple-like swelling on the gums)


How can I get emergency dental care?
Elliff Dental understands the importance and necessity of emergency dental care. If you find yourself in a dental emergency, simply call Elliff Dental to find out how to set up your emergency dental appointment. The sooner you see your dentist after a dental emergency, the higher your chances are of saving the affected tooth.


Emergency Dental Care in Batavia, IL
If you find yourself in a dental emergency, no matter how serious, remain calm and try not to panic. If a tooth has come out of its socket, carefully rinse the tooth with water without removing any tissue remaining on the root. Gently try to place the tooth back into its socket but stop immediately if you experience any serious pain or you cannot align it properly. If you cannot place the tooth back into the socket, put it in a container of milk to keep it healthy until you make it to your dentist’s office. If you find yourself in an emergency involving bleeding, try to stop the bleeding and contact your dentist as soon as possible.

For more information on dental emergencies or what you should do during one, please contact Drs. Andrew and Laura Elliff at Elliff Dental in Batavia, IL. Call (630) 482-7200 to schedule your emergency appointment today!