Emergency Dental Care
Are you having a dental emergency?
If you believe you are having a dental emergency, please contact us immediately at (708) 444-7645 for a same-day appointment. If it is outside of our office hours (M,W 10AM-7PM, T,F 2PM-7PM, TH 9AM-2PM, Sa 9AM-2PM – the 3rd Saturday of the month) or we were unable to answer the phone, please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible.
What is a Dental Emergency?
Dental emergencies are any dental problems that need immediate treatment to stop bleeding, save a tooth, treat a severe infection, or alleviate severe pain. Severe infections or tooth abscesses can be life-threatening and you should call your dentist immediately. If your dentist is unavailable, see urgent care at your nearest medical facility.
If any of the following statements apply to you, you are having a dental emergency and should contact us immediately.
- I have a tooth knocked out.
- My tooth has been chipped or cracked.
- My mouth is bleeding and won’t stop.
- I’m in extreme pain or am experiencing severe swelling in my gums, mouth, or jaw.
- I have a toothache and swelling in my cheeks or face.
- My jaw is injured.
- My teeth are extremely sensitive and the sensitivity will not subside.
- My tooth is loose or out of alignment.
Cost of a Dental Emergency
Dental emergencies follow the same payment guidelines as normal dental practices. For a list of our accepted insurance providers, forms of payment, and all other payment information, visit our financial page.Financial and Insurance Information
Home Care for Dental Emergencies
What if my tooth gets knocked out?
- Prepare a warm glass of water and mix in 1/2 a teaspoon of salt. Rinsing about once every two hours will help keep the area clean.
- Rinse the tooth very gently with only water, no soaps or chemicals. Do NOT scrub the tooth.
- If possible, place the tooth back into the socket. Gently push it in with your fingers then hold it in place while trying to bite down.
- If you can’t place the tooth back into the socket, put it in a container with milk.
How do I minimize tooth ache pain at home?
If you're hoping to minimize pain from a toothache, you can try the following home remedies:
- Saline rinse. Mix 1/2 salt in a glass of warm water then use a mouthwash.
- Apply a cold compress on/near the area of pain.
- Use over-the-counter medication to reduce inflammation and pain.
- Teabags. Apply a cold or warm tea bag to your tooth—but tea can stain teeth so don't use this method often
What can I do to stop the bleeding in my mouth?
- Wash or sanitize your hands before doing anything.
- If available, use gloves to reduce direct contact of the wound
- Apply pressure to the affected area.
- Resist the urge to check the wound while applying pressure, as this may prolong the bleeding
- After bleeding has stopped, to reduce the chance of infection gently clean the wound regularly.
If bleeding is persistent, please contact Amazing Smiles to get the necessary attention.
If left untreated, dental emergencies can lead to other serious health issues. Please contact our office if you have more questions about dental emergencies.