Pro Dental Care
General, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry
located in South Elgin, IL & Sleepy Hollow, IL
Dental emergencies often arise at the most inconvenient time, and having a trusted dental provider to turn to can make a world of difference in the outcome. Dr. Rick Brar and Dr. Keith Bram at Pro Dental Care are proud to offer top-quality emergency dental care to the communities of South Elgin and Sleepy Hollow, Illinois. If you find yourself in urgent need of dental services, call the office to determine your next steps. You can also book less urgent appointments online.
Emergency Dental Care Q & A
What is a dental emergency?
A dental emergency is any condition in which your teeth, gums, oral tissues, or the underlying bone tissue sustains damage. There are many different types of dental emergencies, but all share a degree of urgency that would make it hard to wait until the next available appointment.
Some examples of dental emergencies include:
- Severe gum pain from inflammation or infection
- A fractured or chipped tooth
- Knocked-out tooth
- A broken tooth at the gumline
- Extreme pain from decay
- Dental abscess
- Complications following oral surgery
- Traumatic injury to the mouth
If you are in pain or have sustained damage to any of the tissues in your mouth, contact Pro Dental Care to find out if you need emergency dental care.
What should I do in the event of a dental emergency?
The most important thing to do is to avoid panicking. A broken or knocked-out tooth can bring on extreme anxiety, but the steps you take in the aftermath can make the difference between saving or losing a tooth.
For example, if you’ve lost a tooth, try to locate it. If possible, place the tooth back into its socket and gently bite down to hold it in place. You can also place the tooth between your cheek and gums to keep it moist and protect the cells covering the root portion.
Call Pro Dental Care and explain your situation. A member of the administrative staff guides you through your next steps. Extended hours and same-day emergency appointments are available.
How can I prevent the need for emergency dental care?
You can’t prevent every dental emergency, but there are steps you can take to reduce your risk level. If you participate in contact sports or hobbies that carry a risk of facial trauma, be sure to wear the proper protective gear when necessary.
Pro Dental Care has great mouthguards available that can protect your teeth and other oral tissues from damage. Today’s options have a better fit and are more comfortable to wear than those of years past. There are also nightguards, which protect your teeth from the effects of bruxism or teeth grinding. This uncontrollable condition can put undue pressure on your teeth, resulting in a crack that may lead to the need for emergency dental care.
Another great way to prevent dental emergencies is to schedule routine dental exams. These visits allow Dr. Brar or Dr. Bram an opportunity to check for early signs of decay. If they note a problem, they can treat it in the early stages, preserving as much healthy tooth tissue as possible. You also learn how to take great care of your gums, which can prevent gum disease and the accompanying inflammation and pain, a common reason for requiring emergency dental care.
If you or a loved one experiences a dental emergency, reach out to Pro Dental Care to secure an emergency dental care visit. You can call the office at any time, and online booking is also an option if your dental need is not urgent.