Dental Emergency

Mount Prospect Emergency Dentist

If you need an emergency dentist, we will see you today. Give us a call at (847)392-4270. We are available to help during office hours, which are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6p.m and Saturday from 9a.m. to 2p.m.

If you have a toothache, we will focus on getting you out of pain today, and then we will discuss your options for a more long-term solution to your problems.

FEAR OF THE DENTIST

Many people who call with a dental emergency have a fear of the dentist. We understand. Dr. Sanghavi is experienced in handling your problems. This fear often comes from the way you were treated in a previous office. We will not try to embarrass you about your problem. And if you have anxieties, we can help. Dr. Sanghavi is trained in sedation dentistry, and he can use nitrous oxide sedation or oral conscious sedation, as your case may require.

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CAUSES OF DENTAL EMERGENCIES

Tooth Pain

A toothache usually comes from a tooth infection, and the cause is usually decay.

When decay reaches the pulp of the tooth, the decay bacteria infect the pulp. Since the pulp is in a confined space, it can’t swell to accommodate white blood cells to fight off the infection. As it tries to swell, it often causes severe pain.

If the infection isn’t eliminated, the pulp tissue inside the tooth dies, and the pain goes away. Some people think that the problem has then gone away, but it just spreads. Eventually the infection spills out into the bone, as is shown in the diagram above, and causes an abscess.

An abscess usually isn’t painful right away. It may just be a mild discomfort to chewing. Sometimes people notice a small pimple on the gum where the abscess is trying to drain.

If not treated, the infection continues to spread. If it goes far enough, it can become life-threatening. Depending on the location, it can close off your airway, or even spread to the brain. It’s definitely not something you should trifle with.

 

Gum Emergencies

Injuries and infections involving the soft tissues of the mouth may also require emergency treatment. The tissues of the gums, tongue, or cheek lining can be damaged by accidental bites, falls, sports injuries, and scalding liquids. They may also suffer injury from foreign bodies that become lodged below the gum line, and they can develop painful and potentially serious abscesses. A periodontal (gum) abscess is a pus-filled sac caused by an infection and is usually quite painful. Abscesses require immediate attention at the dental office.

 

A foreign body lodged beneath the gum line can sometimes be gently worked out with dental floss or a toothpick. But if this can’t be accomplished easily, make a dental appointment so the area does not become damaged and/or infected.

 

OTHER DENTAL EMERGENCIES

Other dental emergencies include:

  • A cracked tooth
  • An esthetic emergency, such as a broken front tooth
  • A crown or a bridge that has fallen off
  • A tooth that is knocked out

So if you have a dental emergency, we are there to help you, serving Mount Prospect, Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Rolling Meadows and all other surrounding areas.