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Emergency Dentistry – Willowbrook, IL

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There’s no time for second guessing when your tooth is broken or is in severe pain; if you don’t want a dental emergency to turn into an even more complicated health issue, you need expert dental care right away, and that means calling Song Dental immediately. Dr. Song’s calm chairside manner and straightforward way of explaining things can help you stay as relaxed as possible during your treatment, and he offers various solutions that can help you find relief in different circumstances through emergency dentistry in Willowbrook, IL. 

Why Choose Song Dental for Emergency Dentistry?

  • Comprehensive Dentistry Under One Roof
  • A Calm, Compassionate, Caring Dentist
  • Advanced Technology for High-Quality Care

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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The exact definition of a dental emergency can vary since there are so many different kinds. Most of them are caused either by poor oral hygiene or sudden trauma, and they can generally be recognized by symptoms such as pain, swelling, bleeding, and visible dental damage. Even if you’re not sure that your dental problem rises to the level of an emergency, it’s best to call for an emergency appointment right away. In the meantime, follow the tips below for performing first aid before you get to our dental office for proper treatment.


Man with toothache holding cheek

Floss to remove any food caught in your smile and see if that causes the pain to subside. If the discomfort persists for more than a couple of days or grows severe, call us immediately. Take ibuprofen or another type of over-the-counter painkiller if you need to. You can also use a cold pack to reduce any swelling.

Chipped/Broken Tooth

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Avoid biting or chewing with the tooth in question until we’ve determined just how bad the damage actually is. Sometimes the rough edges of a damaged tooth can cut or irritate the soft tissues of your mouth; cover these surfaces with sugarless gum or dental wax to avoid unnecessary discomfort.

Knocked-Out Tooth

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If you get to our dental office in less than an hour, we’ll be in a much better position to try and save your tooth. Make the appointment right away, then rinse off the tooth with water (taking care only to touch the crown) and place it back in its socket if possible. You can also preserve a lost tooth with milk or by keeping it in your cheek.

Lost Filling/Crown

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Do not chew with the exposed tooth, and make sure that the area stays as clean as possible. Toothpaste and dental cement can act as temporary adhesives to hold a crown in place until you can visit our dental office. If the tooth stays exposed, you can reduce sensitivity by applying clove oil.

Head/Neck/Jaw Pain

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Over-the-counter pain medication can help, but if you’re suffering from head or jaw pain on a regular basis, you may need Dr. Song to check for signs of a TMJ disorder. To avoid putting too much strain on your jaw joints, try switching to a diet of soft foods that require less chewing.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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Brushing and flossing at least two times every day helps protect the teeth from decay and lowers your risk for gum disease; you should also make sure you are keeping up with your routine checkups at Song Dental so that we can stop small problems from turning into full-blown emergencies. You can protect your teeth from damage by wearing a mouthguard during sports and avoiding bad oral habits like crunching ice or biting your fingernails.

The Cost of Dental Emergencies

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We don’t want you to avoid urgently needed dental care because you’re afraid of the cost. Our treatment plans are geared towards one goal: stop your pain and save your smile as quickly as possible. We will only recommend the treatments that are best suited for accomplishing this goal. Once we’ve determined possible treatments, we’ll explain your financial options as thoroughly as possible. Our team members can work with you to figure out the best way to save on your care.

Root Canals

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The root canal inside your tooth contains nerves and other soft tissues that can become infected when tooth decay isn’t treated in time. Removing the infected tissue can potentially save the tooth so that it doesn’t have to be extracted. Because of the state-of-the-art techniques and technology used at Song Dental, root canal therapy is not as uncomfortable as many patients assume. If anything, you’re more likely to find relief from your existing dental pain.

Tooth Extractions

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An extraction might be performed if your tooth can no longer be repaired with a filling or a crown, or if periodontal disease has weakened the underlying bone. Dr. Song will always perform this procedure with a compassionate, gentle touch, and he can administer different forms of dental sedation so that you’re as comfortable as possible from the beginning to the end of the treatment. We will only use tooth extraction as a last resort for teeth that are completely beyond salvaging.

Dental Emergency FAQs

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Are you still curious about dental emergencies? For any specific concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our office and speak with one of our friendly team members. That said, we know you may be busy or just like to do your own research, which is why we’ve included the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about emergency dentistry. Read on to satisfy your curiosity!

Will my toothache go away on its own?

Usually, toothaches do not go away on their own. That’s why it’s best to schedule a visit to our office as soon as you notice something is wrong. There are many possible causes for your pain, and we will be able to diagnose and treat the root of the problem. This will also prevent the issue from growing into something more severe. However, some toothaches that involve pain around the tooth rather than in it, such as gum irritation, can go away on their own. 

Should I visit the emergency room first for dental emergencies?

Unfortunately, most ERs are not equipped with the right technology or personnel to address dental emergencies. However, you should visit an urgent care facility if you have a jaw fracture, issue with breathing, deep facial wound, or any other potentially life-threatening problem. For virtually all other situations like chipped, cracked, lost, infected, or broken teeth, our office should be your first destination. Our emergency dentist will usually be able to see you on the same day that your dental problem occurs.

Do chipped teeth heal?

Your tooth enamel is the strongest material in the body, but it won’t grow back once it’s lost. While your enamel can’t heal on its own, it can remineralize when there is slight decay. The only way to restore chipped or cracked teeth is with restorative or cosmetic dentistry. With options like veneers or crowns, we can reshape the tooth and protect it in the future. It all depends on your specific case.

Are knocked-out baby teeth a dental emergency?

Baby teeth are supposed to fall out, so if your child’s tooth gets lost, don’t try to put it back in the socket! That said, your son or daughter’s tooth can come out too soon, which is why you should schedule an appointment with our office if this occurs. During a thorough examination, we’ll be able to ensure that there is no damage. It’s possible for permanent teeth to erupt too soon if the baby tooth comes out prematurely. If there is bleeding that won’t stop, or you believe your child hurt their jaw, visit the emergency room right away.

Can I fix dentures that are broken in half?

If your denture breaks in half, do not try to fix it. Most likely, your entire denture will need to be replaced. The best next step you can take is to call our office to schedule an appointment for your new prosthetic. In the meantime, you can wear a spare denture if you have it, but don’t let it become the one you use regularly.