Sometimes you just can’t wait until your next dental appointment. Dr. Weyneth & the team at Sherman Oaks Dental are committed to being there for you when you need have a dental emergency and need help fast! Follow the directions below for any urgent dental situations, then call us if needed and we’ll schedule you in as soon as possible.
In case of severe toothache, don’t ignore the pain or hope that it will eventually go away. Severe pain is a sign that something is seriously wrong, and the longer you wait the more difficult, and expensive, it can be to fix. If you have a bad toothache, you should first carefully clean around the affected tooth. Use warm salt water to rinse out your mouth which will hopefully displace any food trapped between your teeth. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you use aspirin to treat the pain caused by an 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, using a generic brand is fine. Swallow the pills completely. Do not crush them or chew them in your mouth. Then 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 inside your mouth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues after 15 minutes, go to your nearest emergency room.
Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. If you can, recover any broken tooth fragments. A broken tooth needs immediate dental attention.
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.
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 bring you into our practice 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 with our Naperville dental office. We offer the Odyssey in-office laser treatment for our patients, which can quickly and comfortably stop your cold sores and canker sores. Over-the-counter medications can provide temporary relief – as well. Use only as directed.
If there is any other strange symptom or pain that you might be feeling inside your mouth please give us a call so we can help determine if you need to come into our practice or rush to the emergency room. Dental emergencies are not something that should be ignored! We are here to help! Our Naperville emergency dental practice will be able to help fix what can be causing you severe pain and discomfort. Call us for help when you need it!