Emergency Dentistry in Evanston & Wood Dale, IL

Emergency Care
“If you think you might be experiencing a dental emergency, including severe jaw pain, call our office right away. We can help you know what to do next, and will get you in to see Dr. Kaltchev or Dr. Chernoff as soon as possible.”

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When something suddenly goes wrong with your teeth, it can be both very painful and extremely stressful. It can leave you in pain and severely worried about your appearance, especially if a readily visible tooth is broken or lost. In this situation, it’s important to know what to do to ensure that a fast and effective treatment can be administered.

In the case of a dental emergency, you should always keep our number in your address book and get in touch with us straight away. We will be able to schedule an emergency appointment as quickly as possible and provide you with help and advice to tide you over until you can get to us in our Wood Dale or Evanston practice. We understand that time is of the essence in a dental emergency and that swift, decisive action needs to be taken. For this reason, we will do all that we can to ensure that you receive an emergency appointment as quickly as possible.

Nonetheless, while we will do all that we can to get you in front of a skilled and experienced member of our team as soon as possible, it’s important to know what to do straight away in an emergency dental situation. That’s why we’ve compiled this useful guide to help you navigate these three common but traumatic scenarios…

What Should I Do If I Break Or Crack A Tooth?

There are all kinds of scenarios in which a tooth may become fractured. Whether it’s through a blow to the head in a sporting event, a trip or fall or simply biting down particularly hard on your fork while eating, it’s important to act quickly when a tooth breaks.

Depending on the extent of the fracture, you may not even be able to even see the damage, and there may be times when the pain subsides. In fact, you might only experience pain when your teeth touch, when you’re eating or if you drink something very hot or cold. However, the absence of pain does not necessarily mean an absence of injury.

In other cases, a broken or fractured tooth may show very obvious signs of damage and you may be in constant pain because of damage not just to the tooth but to the nerve beneath. In either case, it’s essential to visit us as soon as possible. Even if you’re unsure as to whether or not there’s a break or fracture, call us to schedule an appointment. It’s far better to be safe than sorry. Before visiting us, it’s a good idea to;

  • Rinse your mouth out with warm water.
  • If your teeth or gums are bleeding use a piece of gauze to stop the flow of blood.
  • If you need pain relief, apply a cold compress or take an over-the-counter painkiller like aspirin. Just be sure to keep any pain medications well away from the problem tooth and surrounding gums.
  • If, for whatever reason, you’re unable to make an emergency appointment with us, you may be able to perform a temporary patch-up of the tooth by yourself. Dental cement is widely available in pharmacies and grocery stores and can help to tide you over until you’re able to visit us.
  • Call us as soon as possible to arrange an emergency appointment.

What Should I Do If I Lose A Tooth?

Losing a tooth can be extremely traumatic, especially if it’s a tooth towards the front which is visible. Nonetheless, try not to panic. You’ll stand a much better chance of a clean restoration if you remain calm and do the following;

  • Find the tooth if you can. Your dentist may be able to salvage it and where they cannot, it can provide them with useful insight about the damage. Avoid touching the root of the tooth. Not only can this be extremely painful, it can cause nerve damage. Pick up the tooth by the crown the part that’s you can normally see. Avoid touching the root. This can damage it and make the tooth harder to reattach.
  • Rinse the tooth. Do not use plain water. Use milk, saline solution or a special tooth-saving solution. This helps to nourish the ligament cells of a knocked out tooth for up to 24 hours without the need for refrigeration. If you’re unable to access any of these, use your own saliva.
  • It’s important to ensure that the tooth stays moist at all times. You might even be able to place the tooth back into the socket. If you cannot hold the tooth securely between your cheek and gums, or keep it in a small glass of milk, contact lens solution or tooth-saving solution. Again, do not use water for this.
  • For pain relief, use a cold compress applied to the side of the face where the tooth is missing.
  • Call us as soon as possible to arrange an emergency appointment.

What Should I Do If I Feel A Sudden and Severe Toothache

Sudden and severe toothache is your body’s way of telling you that something is very wrong with your teeth. For this reason, you should never ignore a toothache. Even if the pain gets worse, then suddenly subsides, this may not mean that the cause has been addressed. It may simply mean that the nerve in the tooth has died, but the infection within is still there.

  • Pay attention to the toothache. Take note of how long it lasts and whether / where you notice any swelling. This will be useful information for our dentists.
  • Keep pain at bay using over-the-counter medication.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water once every hour to decrease gum swelling.
  • Call us as soon as possible to arrange an emergency appointment.

In each of these scenarios, it’s imperative to…

Stay Calm and Act Quickly

We understand that this is much easier said than done. Nonetheless, it’s extremely important. When we’re panicking and / or in pain, we can behave irrationally and forget the above steps which can make all the difference in finding the right solution to save or restore your teeth. Just keep reminding yourself that you’ll soon be in the hands of a skilled professional and while you may be in pain and discomfort now, this is only temporary. We will do all that we can to restore your teeth and your smile to how they were before this unfortunate event.

Why You Can Trust BK Dental With Your Emergency Treatment

We work tirelessly to ensure the highest standard of dental care for our customers and to give them the availability they need in times of emergency.

While our emphasis may be on cosmetic dentistry we are also a thriving general practice and will always know the best way to repair any damage and restore your teeth. Remember, of course, that prevention is always the best cure. Our decades of experience make us perfectly placed to help our patients to achieve optimal dental health to reduce the risk of dental emergencies.

But don’t take our word for it. Take a moment to look at some of our patient reviews. When you choose BK Dental for all of your general, cosmetic, restorative and orthodontic dentistry, you know your teeth are in the safest possible hands.