Emergencies happen. It is a fact of life. However, it doesn’t mean that your child must be uncomfortable for days. A pediatric emergency dentist in Chicago can take care of your child’s dental issue quickly.
It is important to note however, that if you suspect an urgent medical emergency dial 911 or take your child to the emergency room immediately.
Emergencies During Normal Business Hours
If your child has a dental emergency during our normal business hours, call us at 773-445-7777.
Our staff is knowledgeable and capable of responding to your questions and concerns. We will also get your child seen by a pediatric dentist as soon as possible.
After Hours Dental Emergency
Accidents aren’t 9-5. They happen at all hours of the day, and night. If your child experiences a dental emergency after hours, please call us at 773-445-7777.
Our pediatric dentist understands yours needs and cares about the comfort of your child. Don’t hesitate to call us.
While some can be very minor, just slightly irritating, some toothaches are true dental emergencies. First, ensure that the mouth is clean and clear of any food.
Impacted food can be removed with gentle brushing or flossing and a warm water rinse. Mild pain can be treated with aspirin until you can get your child to our office.
Object Caught in Teeth
Kids will be kids. Sometimes this means objects getting stuck between teeth. If this happens, first try to remove the object using dental floss. DON’T use a metal, plastic, or sharp tool to try to remove a stuck object. If dental floss does not work, call us.
First, clean the area gently with water. Apply a cold compress to help reduce and avoid swelling. Give us a call to determine if the bite is serious.
Cracked or Broken Tooth.
First, locate any of the tooth fragments and bring them to the dentist when you go. Clean the area inside the mouth with warm water and ensure that there are no fragments in the check area.
Call us ASAP and let’s get your child into the office. We may be able to bond the fragment to the tooth and correct the issue. Read more of our tips for handling a broken tooth here.
When this happens, it is crucial to preserve the tooth and get your child to the dentist as soon as possible. Time is of the essence in this situation. To keep the tooth viable, it must be kept moist. If it is dirty, rinse it gently with warm water but do not remove any tissue fragments.
Carefully insert the tooth back into the socket (if possible) or place it in a Tooth Preservation Kit (sporting coaches sometimes have these available).
Otherwise, place it in the mouth next to the cheek or in milk/water with a bit of salt. This will only keep the viable for about an hour so it’s important to call us ASAP to be seen.
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If you suspect that your child has fractured his jaw, it’s important to stabilize the jaw.
Use a towel or handkerchief to immobilize the jaw and then go to the emergency room immediately. You can apply a cold compress to help keep swelling down on the way to the hospital.
Best Pediatric Emergency Dentist in Chicago
Accidents happen. However, that doesn’t mean your child has to suffer. We do our best to be available to you during these times to ensure that your child is made comfortable and doesn’t suffer long-term effects of the injury.
Dr. Loretta Smith is a pediatric emergency dentist in Chicago. She is ready to care for you child’s urgent dental needs.
Remember that in some of these cases, like broken or knocked-out teeth, time is important. So, call Dr. Smith as soon as you can!