If you have suffered dental trauma such as broken or knocked out teeth, please call Southwest Dental Center at 708-425-4545 as soon as possible to schedule an emergency visit with our dentist. It is important to come in quickly so we can treat the damage and prevent any lasting effects. To learn more about getting emergency dental care in Hometown, Illinois, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Ashok Jhanji.

Accidents happen, and when you of a member of your family injures your mouth or experiences severe dental pain, our team is ready to offer emergency dentistry to help get you back on track to a healthy, long-lasting smile. If your situation requires immediate attention from our dentist or team, please call our office as soon as possible and schedule your emergency appointment. Our team is available to answer the phone whenever an emergency strikes and will help you arrange the quickest possible meeting time with our dentist so you can avoid any preventable, long-term consequences of your emergency. A dental emergency may look like any of the following:

  • A tooth has been completely or partially knocked out.
  • A dental restoration, such as a crown or filling, has been lost.
  • A tooth has been fractured, chipped, cracked or broken.
  • The soft tissues of your mouth, such as your tongue, cheeks, gums or lips, have been damaged in an accident.

If you have experienced any of the above, contact our team as soon as you can. Our team will walk you through how to alleviate any pain and prevent further damage until our we are able to see you in person for an emergency visit. Once you are in the office, we will be able to determine the extent of the damage and recommend the best options for restoring your smile to full health.

If your dental emergency is accompanied by a head or neck injury, please visit an urgent care doctor or emergency room before coming into our office. To learn more about emergency dentistry, call our office today.

Urgent Care Q & A

What Are Some Reasons for Needing Urgent Care?

For most maladies, like a slightly chipped tooth or mild tooth pain, you can simply schedule a normal appointment and wait to see your dentist. However, for any oral injury that involves severely cracked or broken teeth, it is imperative to see a dentist right away. These types of injuries usually cause extreme pain and need to be examined by a dentist so they can assess the extent of the damage. Sometimes, if the tooth has been knocked out, the dentist may be able to re-implant it so that it can be saved.

Another reason for emergency dental care is severe tooth pain. This is usually indicative of an abscess or other serious problem, so it is important for your dentist to stop the spread of infection before it impacts the rest of your body.

What Should I Do if I Have a Dental Emergency?

If you have chipped or broken a tooth, you should rinse your mouth with warm water and place a cold compress on your face at the site of the injury. If possible, bring the tooth or tooth fragment, placing it in a glass of milk, saliva, or wet gauze to keep it moisturized. If the tooth can safely be placed back inside the mouth, carefully insert it into the socket.

For issues with your tongue or lip, be sure to clean the area and keep a cold compress on it to reduce swelling.

How Do I Know Whether To Go to the Hospital or the Dentist?

If your dental emergency involves the rest of your face, jaw, or head, then you will need to go to the hospital to get a full medical evaluation. However, anything that involves just teeth can be classified as urgent dental care and can be handled by your dentist.