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Don’t let a dental emergency catch you off guard. Know exactly what to do in this emergency

A dental emergency doesn’t have to be stressful. We understand that a true emergency is enough to make anyone panic, but know that you can always turn to our Naperville-Plainfield and Romeoville, IL, emergency dentists for the care you need when you need it. Find out more about the most common types of true dental emergencies and when you should come in for treatment.

What is a dental emergency?

A dental emergency occurs when a tooth has broken, cracked, loosened or been knocked out. Of course, having a restoration like a dental crown fall off or break also requires immediate care. If you have braces that have become damaged and the brackets or wires have come off, this is also an emergency that needs to be addressed. A toothache may not seem like a big deal but it’s warning you of a more serious dental issue that must be treated as soon as possible.

Many dental emergencies can be avoided with the proper safety provisions like wearing a mouthguard while playing sports or staying away from crunchy foods that could damage your braces or not chewing on ice, which can break or fracture a tooth.

What should I do?

All of the above situations warrant an immediate trip to see one of our Naperville and Romeoville urgent care dentists for treatment. If you are in doubt, always call us. We would be happy to talk about the symptoms you are experiencing and whether you should come into our office right away or just make an appointment. Don’t just ignore the problem as ignoring it could be the difference between saving a tooth and losing it.

How do I handle my discomfort in the meantime?

Depending on the dental problem you are dealing with, you may also notice facial swelling or pain and tenderness near the injury. You can manage some of these symptoms by applying a wrapped ice pack on the swollen side of your face for up to 15 minutes at a time. Try an over-the-counter pain reliever or oral analgesic to numb the area. Of course, these are just temporary solutions and they won’t treat the underlying issue. Only we can get your smile back to the way it was!

Now that you know how to handle your dental emergency, you’ll know when it’s time to call Valley View Dental in Naperville-Plainfield and Romeoville, IL, for the urgent and compassionate dental care you need.