Dental Emergencies

woman in pain from a dental emergency

We are open for emergencies during this difficult period. Please give us a call at (630) 355-3339 if you are experiencing an emergency and looking for immediate care.

You don’t need to navigate a dental emergency on your own. If you are experiencing pain, broken dental work or other discomfort, reach out today to find relief.

What to Do in a Dental Emergency

Although each emergency is unique, there are some steps that you can take to ensure to receive prompt care and minimize any damage to your teeth or gums.

  1. Call your dentist – Get in touch with a professional right away. Your dentist will be able to provide information about the next steps you should take. If it is after hours, your dentist’s voicemail will provide instructions for whom to call.
  2. Seek emergency medical care if necessary – If you are experiencing a serious emergency, like a broken jaw, call 911 or visit the emergency room.
  3. Save any pieces of broken or chipped teeth or dental work – If there has been physical damage to a tooth, filling, crown or other dental work, be sure to save the pieces. Don’t worry if you can’t do this (if you have lost or swallowed the piece), but don’t discard any pieces that are available.
  4. Rinse your mouth – Make a salt water rinse by adding 1/2 tsp of salt to a cup of warm water and stirring until dissolved. Swish this rinse around in your mouth for 10 seconds, then spit it out. You can repeat this every few hours for the first few days following your injury. This will help promote healing for any cuts or sores in your mouth by reducing the presence of harmful bacteria, and alleviating some discomfort.
  5. Apply gauze – If your tooth, gums or cheek are bleeding, apply gauze to help stop the bleeding and protect the area.
  6. Ice the area – If you are experiencing pain, gently ice your cheek to help reduce discomfort and swelling. Don’t apply ice directly to your skin (use an ice pack or wrap the ice in a cloth), and only apply ice for ten minutes at a time to avoid skin damage.

Types of Dental Emergencies

Wondering whether your situation merits an emergency visit? The best first step is always to call your dentist. Dr. Zymantas will answer your questions and provide expert guidance on the next steps forward.

Some common types of dental emergencies include:

  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Chipped tooth
  • Broken tooth
  • Broken filling, crown or veneer
  • Other damaged dental restoration (denture, bridge)
  • Food or object stuck between teeth
  • Tooth pain from decay or gum disease
  • Gum pain from decay or gum disease

No matter your emergency, we are here to help – just call (630) 355-3339.