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    Emergency Dentistry FAQ

    Posted on May 28th, 2015 by Dr. Peter Tomaselli

    Things don't always work how we plan, and therefore dental emergencies don't always happen during regular business hours. When an emergency happens and you can't get to your dentist, you need to find an emergency dentist in Chicago that can handle your needs and solve your emergency as soon as possible. We answer common dental emergency questions below. How do I know if my problem is a dental emergency? If you suddenly experience excruciating pain in your mouth, this alone can be a dental emergency, as the goal is to make the pain go away as quickly as possible. Other common dental emergencies include a broken or chipped tooth, sudden pain and swelling, trauma from a sports injury, loss of a filling or crown, and an unexplained bump on the gums. When one or more of these occur, contact Chicago Smile Design right away. What can I do if I experience a dental emergency? Our existing patients benefit from our 24-hour paging service, which reaches Dr. Tomaselli in minutes, any time of day, any day of the week. We are a phone call or text message away at 312-664-2100 (prompt 1 for directions). What if I'm not a current patient? Even if you are not a current patient of Chicago Smile Design, don't hesitate to call us. In many cases, you will be able to see one of our dentists the same day. We will take any necessary x-rays and discuss what needs to be done before beginning any treatment. What do I do if my tooth was knocked out? If one or more teeth were knocked out as a result of a head injury, call 911 or go to the emergency room immediately. Otherwise, call or visit our office if possible. Until you are able to get to our location, avoid touching the tooth root; the root must be intact in order to save the tooth. Remember, the faster we are able to treat you, the better the odds are that the tooth can be saved. What do I do if I lost my filling? When you lose a filling, sensitive tissue is exposed, so you should come see us as soon as you can. In the meantime, rinse the affected tooth and avoid biting down on it so you don't cause further damage. As you can see, the key in the situation of a dental emergency is to act as quickly as possible. Call our office when an emergency occurs, or if you have any other questions regarding our services.  

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