Chicago Emergency Dentists — 2 Locations
Northside & Southside of Chicago
A knocked out tooth or bitten tongue can cause panic in any parent, but quick thinking and staying calm are the best ways to approach such common dental emergencies and prevent additional unnecessary damage and costly dental restoration. This includes taking measures such as application of cold compresses to reduce swelling, and of course, contacting our office as soon as possible.
When a Tooth or Denture is Knocked Out & Damaged
Falling down or suffering a hard hit to the face while participating in a sport or other recreational activity can result in the loss of one or multiple teeth. If a tooth is knocked out it is important to first retrieve the dislodged tooth and gently rinse it in water. When you rinse your tooth, be very careful not to remove any attached tissue. Gently attempt to place the tooth back into its socket. If that doesn’t work, place the tooth in a small cup of milk or salt water solution and get to your dentist as soon as you can. The faster you get to your emergency dentist, the better chance you will have of saving your tooth. We can handle your broken dentures too and since we have our lab on-site, we may be able to fix your broken denture the same day.
Chipped Tooth — What Next?
A chipped tooth is a common occurrence. Even though enamel is the hardest tissue in the entire body, its strength has limitations. Biting down on something hard, getting a blow to face, or falling can give you a chipped tooth or a cracked tooth. If you have a chipped tooth, call us as soon as possible. If a chipped tooth is not promptly treated, it may get infected requiring root canal treatment. Avoid chewing on the chipped tooth. Take an over-the-counter pain medication if you have pain. After you come to the office, Dent-Sure Dental Services PC will take x-rays and will do a detailed examination of the chipped tooth before recommending treatment.
Repair of chipped tooth
Treatment for a chipped tooth depends on the size of the broken part and amount of damage to the tooth. Treatment includes bonding, crowns or veneers. A badly damaged tooth needs immediate attention.
Bonding to repair a chipped tooth
Bonding to repair a chipped tooth is indicated when you have chipped off just a small piece of enamel. The tooth is bonded with a tooth-colored composite resin. Bonding is usually done in one visit. Bonding is not strong enough if the broken part is big or if it involves the chewing areas of a tooth. Bonding may not last if used to repair a chipped molar.
Crown to repair a chipped tooth
A crown to repair a chipped tooth is indicated when a large piece of a tooth breaks off. In such cases, bonding is not strong enough to repair the chipped tooth. A crown is usually done in two visits.
Veneer to repair a chipped tooth
A veneer to repair a chipped tooth is indicated when the front of a tooth is chipped. Unlike a crown, the veneer only covers the front of the tooth. A porcelain veneer is very esthetic and can restore the color and shape of a chipped tooth. A porcelain veneer is much stronger than bonding.
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