Westmont, IL Dentist
Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
6418 S. Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 963-8680
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Hickory Hills, IL Dentist
Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
9525 S. 79th Avenue
Hickory Hills, IL 60457
(708) 598-8363>
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By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
January 19, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental emergency  

If you have ever experienced a dental emergency, you probably know how frightening they can be. However, knowing what to do if you dental emergencyfind yourself in the midst of a dental emergency can help you take fast action and increase your chances of a successful recovery. Find out more about dental emergencies with Dr. Frederic Mrugala in Hickory Hills and Westmont, IL.

Common Dental Emergencies and How To Handle Them

  • Lost Tooth: Losing a tooth can happen for many reasons, but normally occurs due to some kind of trauma or injury. If you find yourself in this scary situation, there are several steps you can take to help your dentist preserve your natural tooth. First, retrieve your tooth and, if necessary, rinse it very gently with water. Hold the tooth only by its crown and never touch its roots or try to scrub off any tissue which it may have still attached. If you can, try to replace the tooth into its socket, but stop if you feel discomfort or pain. House your tooth in a container of milk and bring it with you to your dentist, who you should see as soon as possible.
  • Toothache: Toothaches are a nasty business and can create a high-stress situation. A painful tooth usually means that decay has reached the inside of the tooth and infected its nerve and inner tissues. If you have a sore tooth, take an over-the-counter pain reliever and swish your mouth with warm water mixed with sea salt to help relieve pain and swelling. Schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible to decrease the chance of an abscess.
  • Broken Tooth: Sometimes, a tooth can break during an every day task like eating. Unfortunately, if this occurs, it normally means that decay inside of the tooth has weakened it far enough for it to break. In this case, you should see your dentist as soon as possible for a filling or root canal, even if your tooth has not produced any pain or discomfort. By taking care of the problem sooner than later, you may be able to avoid an inevitable toothache once the decay reaches your tooth’s nerve. If you break a tooth due to trauma or injury, gather the pieces of your tooth and bring them with you to your dentist appointment.
  • Chipped Tooth: A chipped tooth is not normally a dental emergency unless it causes severe pain or has chipped up to or underneath the gumline. In this situation, you should see your Hickory Hills and Westmont dentist as soon as possible. Otherwise, gather the pieces of the tooth, if possible, and schedule a dentist’s appointment as soon as you can.

For more information on dental emergencies, please contact Dr. Mrugala in Hickory Hills and Westmont, IL. Call to schedule your appointment with Dr. Mrugala today!