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Routine dental care helps reduce the likelihood of dental emergencies, but accidents and illnesses can and do happen. At Elliff Dental in Batavia, Illinois, our dentists are well-trained in dealing with emergencies related to the teeth, but the layperson may not know what constitutes a dental emergency. Drs. Laura and Andrew Elliff recommend that their patients follow the general guidelines below to determine if they need emergency dental care.
What is a dental emergency?
True dental emergencies are fairly well-defined. Having a tooth knocked out, or avulsed, requires quick action in order to reattach it, preferably within an hour. These teeth should be kept in milk or a preservation solution - available at most drugstores - in the meantime. Teeth that have luxated, or shifted out of place due to an accident, also need immediate treatment. Breakage also requires quick intervention if pain is involved. In general, any time you have bleeding, uncontrollable pain, swelling, or a fever associated with your teeth, you should be seen by your Batavia dentist right away.
What is not a dental emergency?
Certain dental situations are considered "urgent" but can typically wait until Elliff Dental is open to be evaluated. If you've chipped a tooth or lost a crown or filling, for example, it should be repaired as soon as possible. However, if it's not causing any pain but has a sharp edge, you can cover it with sugarless gum or orthodontic wax until your Batavia dentist is available to fix it. A piece of food that is lodged between the teeth can cause uncomfortable pressure, but if you can't remove it yourself with floss or a toothpick, wait to contact your dentist until the next day. Tooth sensitivity, bleeding gums, a noticeable cavity, or a loose bracket on braces are all issues that don't usually require immediate care.
Still not sure if you have a dental emergency? Contact our office at (630)-482-7200 in Batavia, Illinois to speak to a professional at Elliff Dental.
“Don’t panic” is your first priority when faced with a sudden mouth injury. Of course, that may be easier said than done when you or a family member has just experienced a chipped, fractured or even dislodged tooth.
It helps, therefore, to have some idea beforehand on what to do and, especially, when to do it. You should think in terms of immediate, urgent and less urgent injuries: a tooth completely knocked out of its socket requires immediate action — within 5 minutes of the injury; a tooth that’s moved out of its normal position but still in the socket is an urgent matter that needs professional attention within 6 hours; and a chipped tooth is less urgent, but still needs to be seen by a dentist within 12 hours.
As you may have gathered, the most important thing you can do when a dental injury occurs is to contact our office as soon as possible. If for some reason you can’t, you should visit the nearest emergency center.
There are also some actions you should take for a knocked-out permanent tooth because there’s a chance it can be replanted in the socket if you act within 5 minutes of the injury. First, rinse the tooth with cold, clean water (bottled or tap) if it’s dirty. Be sure to handle it gently, avoiding touching the root. Grasping the crown-end with your thumb and index finger, place the tooth into the empty socket and push it firmly into place. Apply light but firm pressure with your hand or a wad of wet tissue to make sure it doesn’t come out. Don’t worry about correct alignment — we can adjust that later during examination.
If the tooth is chipped or broken, try to locate the broken pieces — it may be possible to re-bond them to the tooth. You should store them in a container with milk or the injured person’s saliva (the same can be done for a knocked out tooth if reinserting it isn’t practical). The broken pieces should then be transported with the injured person to emergency treatment.
Taking these actions may not ultimately save a traumatized tooth, but they will certainly raise its chances for survival.
If you would like more information on preventing and treating dental injuries, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”
Dental 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!
Getting your tooth knocked out, chipped or cracked during a game of soccer or football may cause you to panic and worry. Not everyone knows what to do during this dental emergency, which is why Dr. Andrew Elliff, Dr. Laura Elliff and Dr. Alexander Stokowski, your dentists in Batavia, IL, has some advice for dealing with your emergency and solution to fixing those cracks and chips.
What's a dental emergency?
Any damage done to your tooth or soft-tissue needs immediate care. If you experience the loss of a tooth, be sure to rinse your mouth and the tooth. Don't touch the tooth from the roots, just from the crown. Try placing the tooth back into its socket. If that doesn't work, immerse the tooth in water or milk and go to your Batavia dentists for emergency care immediately.
If you experience an injury to your cheeks, gums or tongue, put pressure on the bleeding using a gauze or a moist tea bag. Try placing ice to the injury so as to reduce the swelling and bleeding. If the bleeding persists after 20-30 minutes of pressure and ice, then you will need to go to the emergency room or doctors' office.
What to do about chips and cracks?
If you're worried about chips and cracks in your teeth, your dentists can resolve these using simple cosmetic procedures. One example is dental bonding. This is when your dentist applies a composite resin on to your chipped or cracked tooth, contours the resin so it matches your other intact teeth, then solidifies the resin using a curing light. The bonded tooth will blend in with the rest of your teeth, giving you a smile you don't have to be embarrassed.
For more information on what to do during a dental emergency and how to deal with injuries, call your Batavia, IL, dentists. You can contact Dr. Andrew Elliff, Dr. Laura Elliff and Dr. Alexander Stokowskis at their office by calling (630)-482-7200. Your dental and oral health are a priority!