A dental emergency is any oral health issue that requires immediate attention in order to save a tooth, stop persistent tissue bleeding, or relieve significant pain. A broken tooth, bleeding gums, or persistent toothache are all examples of dental emergencies. At Magic Smiles in Plainfield, Dr. Sharma specializes in prompt and reliable, in-office urgent care services that support the immediate health and wellness needs of our patients.
Magic Smiles is equipped to treat these dental emergencies:
Loose Bridges – Unless you’re in great pain, a loose bridge is generally not considered an emergency situation. But you should make a dental appointment with Dr. Sharma as soon as possible, because the situation will only get worse.
Loose Crowns – If you have lost the crown, you can coat the tooth surface with an over- the-counter dental cement (available at many pharmacies) to temporarily seal the area until one of our dentists can repair it. Whether your crown is loose or lost, call our office as soon as possible.
Loose Fillings – A loose or lost filling is rarely an emergency. However, it can be painful because the exposed tooth tissue is often sensitive to temperature, pressure, or air. If you lose a filling, put it in a safe place and make an appointment in our office as soon as you can.
Broken or Chipped Teeth – Fixing a chipped tooth depends on how much of the tooth has broken off. Usually, a chipped tooth isn’t an emergency and can be corrected with dental bonding. This means that the dentist will apply a strong, tooth-colored material to it to restore the tooth’s shape.
Soft Tissue Damage and Gum Bleeding – In most cases, bleeding gums indicate a form of gum disease, which is an emergency our dentists can help treat. They will likely perform a deep dental cleaning or scaling and root planing procedure to help remove any infection within the gums. Additionally, an oral rinse may be prescribed to help reduce inflammation and infection.
Loose or Knocked-Out Teeth – Knocking out or loosening a tooth is a medical emergency. If an adult tooth is knocked out, try putting it back in place and contact our office immediately. Don’t try to re-insert a baby tooth – bring your child to one of our dentists immediately. If you can’t put an adult tooth back into position, place it in milk and contact our dental health clinic.
Tooth Abscesses – As a more serious dental emergency, a tooth abscess may require immediate root canal therapy by Dr. Sharma. This involves drilling into the affected tooth to drain the abscess and remove any infected tissue. Go immediately to the nearest emergency
department if you have an abscessed tooth accompanied by a high fever.
Toothaches – One of the most common reasons for a bad toothache is severe decay or an infection. To resolve this issue, our dentist may need to perform a root canal. After they finish the procedure, you will begin to feel significantly better than when you first came in. Sometimes, it is also necessary to restore the tooth with a dental filling or crown, a process that can be done during the same visit or a follow-up appointment.
Cracked Teeth – Having a piece of a tooth break off and fall out is certainly startling. And if there is pain or blood involved, it is definitely considered a dental emergency. Even if it doesn’t hurt or bleed, a cracked tooth or chipped tooth should be seen by one of our dentists. However, the amount of urgency depends on the type and severity of the problem.
At Magical Smiles, our patients are our top priority. When you have a dental emergency, our staff makes every effort to ensure that you are seen in our office as soon as possible. We offer flexible hours each day to accommodate all patients, including those with dental emergencies. If you are experiencing a dental problem that requires immediate attention, please call our office now at 815-436-2406.