Sometimes you just can’t wait until your next dental appointment. At Sherman Oaks Dental, we are committed to being there for you when you need emergency dental services. Follow the directions below for urgent dental situations, then call us if needed and we’ll see you as soon as possible.
In case of severe toothache, don’t ignore the pain or hope it will go away. Severe pain is a sign that something is seriously wrong, and the longer you wait the more difficult (and expensive!) it will be to fix. If you have a bad toothache, carefully clean around the affected tooth. Use warm salt water to rinse the area and displace any food trapped between teeth. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you use aspirin on the aching tooth or on the gums! In the event of facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. For temporary pain relief, acetaminophen is best (Brand name Tylenol, but generic is fine. Swallow pills, do not crush and put in mouth.) Call our Naperville dental office at (630) 473-3843, and Dr. Weyneth will see you as soon as possible.
Ice can be applied to any bruised areas. For bleeding, apply firm (but gentle) pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues after 15 minutes, go to an emergency room.
Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments. A broken tooth needs immediate dental attention. Call our office, (630) 473-3843, for emergency service. Dr. Weyneth is available for you!
Recover the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root end. Rinse, but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. Reinsert the tooth in the socket and hold it in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, carry it in a cup containing milk or water. Because time is essential, Dr. Weyneth is available for emergency appointments. Call our office immediately for an emergency visit, (630) 473-3843.
Fold a piece of gauze and place it (tightly) over the bleeding area. Bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes; if bleeding continues, call our office so we can check it out and make certain no broken bits of tooth remain in the area (rarely, a baby tooth will splinter due to the force of the new tooth coming in and pushing on it).
For quick relief of cold sores and canker sores, schedule an appointment at our Naperville dental office. We offer the Odyssey in-office laser treatment for our patients, to quickly and comfortably stop your cold sores and canker sores. Over-the-counter medications can provide temporary relief – use only as directed.