Is My Tooth Injury A Dental Emergency?

Dental emergencies can be a scary and uncertain experience. However, it may be difficult to distinguish a dental emergency from a tooth painsimple inconvenience. Is your tooth injury a dental emergency? Find out with help from your dentist and the staff at YorkTowne Dental in the Oswego, Plano, Sandwich, Montgomery and Yorkville, IL areas.

Am I experiencing a dental emergency? 
Dental issues can be alarming, but not everything wrong with your mouth is necessarily an emergency. If your mouth is bleeding, you believe you have an infection or your issue is causing severe pain, you should see your dentist as quickly as possible. However, less severe dental issues like a chipped tooth or simple cavity may not require emergency care.

Common Dental Emergencies in Yorkville, IL

  • Broken or Chipped Tooth: If your tooth is simply chipped, not bleeding and not causing any pain, you probably do not need to seek emergency care. However, if your tooth is broken, bleeding or causing severe pain, this should be considered a dental emergency and you should see your dentist immediately. Save any pieces of the tooth you can find and bring them with you to your dental visit.
  • Abscess: This common dental emergency presents itself as a pimple-like growth on the gum. An abscess signifies an infection of the tooth and its surrounding tissues. Abscesses can be very painful, and it is important to seek immediate dental care if you believe you are experiencing one. The chance that the infection could spread to other parts of the body makes an untreated abscess a potentially dangerous situation.
  • Knocked Out Tooth: If a tooth becomes dislodged and falls out, it is usually a traumatic and painful experience. If you experience a knocked out tooth, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Find and save the tooth. If the tooth is dirty, gently rinse it with water. Do not touch the tooth’s roots. If there is tissue still attached to the root, leave it. If possible, reinsert the tooth into its socket. Do not continue if you have to force the tooth. Save the tooth in a container with milk or over-the-counter tooth-preserving liquid found at drug stores. Bring the tooth with you to your appointment.
  • Severe Toothache: A toothache can occur suddenly or over time. If your tooth begins to affect your eating habits or daily life, you should seek dental care as soon as possible. Rinse the mouth with warm water and floss the teeth to remove any food particles or debris. Schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

For more information on dental emergencies, please contact Dr. Manpreet Singh and Dr. Paul Singh at YorkTowne Dental in the Oswego, Plano, Sandwich, Montgomery and Yorkville, IL areas. Call (630) 882-8844 to schedule your appointment today!