If you are a patient of record and experiencing a dental emergency during regular office hours, contact us at 847.675.5590. If your emergency is taking place after office hours, please call our office answering machine for the name and number of the doctor on call. For major medical emergencies, please call 911.

What To Do In A Dental Emergency

Dental emergencies should not be ignored and should be addressed as quickly as possible to avoid permanent or costly damage. Common dental emergencies are toothache, pain in the teeth, jaw or gums, broken teeth, knocked out tooth, broken fillings and swelling in the gums or mouth.

  • Knocked out tooth – If possible, retrieve the tooth, holding it by the crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth). If it is dirty, lightly rinse in water, but do not scrub or remove attached tissue fragments. Store tooth in your own saliva or milk. Knocked out teeth have the highest survival rate if they are returned to the socket with in one hour of being knocked out. Contact us immediately.

  • Lost Filling or Crown – Do not use temporary measures to replace the filling or reglue the crown. Contact us as soon as possible. You may take an over-the-counter pain reliever to ease discomfort.

  • Toothache – Try rinsing your mouth with warm water or flossing to remove any lodged food. If you have swelling, a cold compress may be applied to the outside of the mouth or cheek. Do not put painkillers directly against the gums or aching tooth as they may burn the gum tissue. Contact us as soon as possible for treatment.

  • Abscessed Tooth – These are serious conditions that can worsen with time and spread infection to the rest of your body if left untreated. Call us immediately for treatment. To ease discomfort, you may rinse with a mild saltwater solution.