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Dental Care


If you experience an accident or injury that leaves you in need of emergency dental care, Dr. Salvatore Storniolo, DDS, and his team are here to help! Emergency dental care is a service we hope you never need, but if you do, we are here for you!

When To Seek Emergency Dental Care

Dental emergencies are problems requiring immediate dental treatment to save a tooth, to stop bleeding, or to alleviate severe pain.

Severe Infection: A swollen, painful face may pose a dental emergency. You could be experiencing an acute dental infection requiring immediate emergency care. Do not wait! Your condition may be urgent. Contact us and come to see our emergency dentist immediately. Advanced infections may cause significant complications and can be life-threatening.

Abscess: An abscess in your mouth could be life-threatening and needs urgent dental care. If left untreated, the infection can spread to other areas of your body, causing critical oral and general health problems. If you notice a yellow, red, or a whitish pimple like swelling in your mouth, don’t wait. Contact us immediately!

Knocked-Out Tooth: A knocked out tooth is a dental emergency and will require immediate care. If you take the appropriate emergency steps right after your tooth has been knocked out, you have a good chance of preserving it. Pick up your tooth by the crown, while avoiding to touch the root. Rinse it off gently with warm water to make sure it is clean. Do not scrub your tooth or remove any attached tissue. Try to return the tooth to its socket, but do not force it in. If that does not work, placing your tooth in some milk is an alternative. Call us immediately because knocked out teeth with the highest chance of being saved are those treated within an hour of being knocked out.

Loose or Partially Dislodged (Extruded) Tooth: If you have a loose or partially dislodged tooth, you need to contact us for an emergency appointment immediately. In the meantime, try to put the tooth back to its original position with light pressure. We will work to stabilize and save your tooth.

Severe toothaches: A severe toothache is considered a dental emergency. Contact us as soon as you can for an emergency appointment. Make sure you never place aspirin or any painkillers near your painful tooth.

Soft tissue injury: Your lips, tongue, gum, and cheeks are considered soft tissue. A laceration or tear on any soft tissue may be a dental emergency. Apply pressure to the bleeding using gauze and contact us right away for emergency care. If you need medication to alleviate your pain, take over-the-counter acetaminophen. Avoid taking aspirin or ibuprofen for a dental emergency unless directed by a dentist, because these medicines can cause excessive bleeding.

Chipped, Cracked or Fractured Teeth: If you have a chipped tooth which does not hurt, this is not considered a dental emergency. Contact us for an appointment and until you come in, be careful while chewing so that you do not chip it more. A cracked or fractured tooth is more pressing and is considered a dental emergency. Severe fractures frequently may result in tooth loss or need extraction. If you suffer a fractured tooth, contact us immediately. We will use an x-ray to diagnose the condition of your tooth and determine appropriate treatment to save it.

Is it a Dental Emergency?

If you are not sure if you are experiencing a dental emergency, ask yourself the following questions. Is there bleeding from the mouth? Is there severe pain? Are there any loose teeth? Is there any swelling of your mouth or face? Are there bulges or knots on your gums? Has there been an impact on your face or mouth?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you could be having a dental emergency and should contact us immediately. Be ready to describe what happened and what you are feeling.


How Can I Avoid a Dental Emergency?

While you may not be able to eliminate all the risks for dental emergencies, a few precautions could help prevent injuries. Wearing a mouthguard during sports activities can help prevent your teeth from being chipped, broken, or knocked out. Avoid chewing on hard foods that can break or fracture your teeth. Routine checkups are great preventative practices because we can catch and treat any problems before they progress and become dental emergencies.

Being Prepared for a Dental Emergency

A dental emergency can happen to you or a loved one at any place and time. The best thing is to be prepared and to familiarize yourself with what to do in the event of an emergency. It is also useful to keep a small dental first aid kit handy. You could prepare an emergency kit or purchase one from your drugstore if preferred.


You Can Count on Us

We, at Dr. Sal’s dental practice in the Norridge, IL area are committed to providing you the best emergency dental care available. Our highly experienced and caring staff is fully trained and equipped to deal with emergencies. Keep our phone number on hand and contact us in the event of an emergency. We are here for you. You can count on that!