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Dental emergencies require prompt care so that mild conditions don’t become severe and severe conditions can be treated with minimal recovery time. We address the following questions about dental emergencies to help you protect your oral health from injury.

What is considered an oral emergency?
The following conditions are common dental emergencies that could develop suddenly:

– Lost or cracked teeth: It can be possible to place a lost tooth placed back in your mouth if the nerve has remained undamaged. If you can, place the tooth carefully in its gap or carry it in milk, and then see the dentist as soon as possible.
– Lost dental fillings: If you lose a filling, cover the vulnerable tooth with dental cement or chewing gum to keep it protect until you can replace it with a new filling.
– Lost dental crowns: Use clove oil to coat a cotton ball or swab and apply it to the exposed tooth, and then see the dentist for a dental crown.

If I bit my lip or gums, is that considered a dental emergency?
It’s possible to suffer a bad bite to your lips or gums, possibly as a result of chewing food, it could be a dental emergency if the injury is serious. Clean and cover the injury with gauze to stop any bleeding. If bleeding can’t be controlled, you may need to receive stitches.

How can I prevent oral accidents?
Take safety precautions when needed, such as wearing a sports mouth guard during games or discussing any tooth grinding habits with the dentist.

We urge you to contact Family Dental of Lincoln at 773-561-5106 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Nidal Obeid and Associates if you are in need of emergency dental care in Chicago, Illinois.