Elk Grove Smile Center

Dental Emergencies Defined

May 6, 2020
Posted By: Elk Grove Smile Center

Unless you’ve sustained an elbow to the mouth, it’s not always obvious what constitutes a dental emergency. Your emergency dentist in Elk Grove Village, IL wants to make the definition broad and easy to remember.

Of course, a dental emergency can be anything from a toothache to a tooth knocked out—and everything in between. But it may be easier to remember our definition: Anything that causes you oral pain or threatens the health of your teeth or gums is a dental emergency.

Types of Dental Emergencies

If you have a small chip in your tooth, but there is no pain, you may be able to wait a few days before seeing the dentist.

However, if you’re unsure, we want you to contact a member of our friendly and concerned dental team.  

Common dental emergencies include but are not limited to:

  • Toothache
  • Sustained or sudden tooth sensitivity
  • Jaw swelling
  • Jaw pain
  • Tooth or restoration is broken, loose, or knocked out
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Blister on the gum

Root Canal Infections

Root infection is a particularly common dental emergency, and it requires root canal treatment to stop the pain and restore your oral health.

Symptoms of a root canal infection may include:

  • Severe toothache
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Blister on the gum
  • Jaw pain or swelling

In some cases, your dentist may find a non-painful root infection during your routine dental exam and x-ray. Even if the root infection is not painful, however, it still requires prompt therapy to stop the spread of disease and stop the toothache or discomfort before it begins. Additionally, the nerve in your tooth may be damaged and not conduct pain, which also explains an asymptomatic tooth infection.

Your emergency dentist in Elk Grove Village numbs the area, gently extracts the damaged root and pulp, and closes with a healing agent and temporary filling. At a later appointment, we provide a tooth-colored filling or dental crown to seal your treated tooth for good.

We Treat Dental Emergencies in Elk Grove Village

If you have a toothache or other oral health situation, don’t hesitate to contact our dental office.