What is Emergency Dentistry?

Typical examples of emergency dentistry situations include an unbearable toothache, major trauma, infected gums, or a chipped, broken, or lost tooth. In all these cases, the dentist needs to be consulted as soon as possible to assess the damage and provide appropriate treatment. Without treatment during an emergency, patients can suffer from more pain, swelling, and increased risk of infection. Therefore, do not ignore any dental issues that arise suddenly, separate from general dentistry in Lisle—seek out emergency dentistry immediately to ease your pain and restore proper oral health as quickly as possible.

Why Choose Ladone Family Dental for Emergency Dentistry?

The Ladone Family provides excellent, personalized dental care that leaves you feeling relaxed and refreshed. With our friendly and knowledgeable doctors, Dr. Paul Ladone, DDS and Dr. Kelsey Ladone, DMD - a father and daughter team that began with a practice established by Dr. Paul's father, we strive to provide quality family dentistry care for patients of all ages. Our practice offers emergency dentistry to patients throughout the Western Suburbs, including Naperville, Lisle, and Wheaton, as well as cosmetic dentistry services like veneers, crowns, bridges, implants, and more - all provided with strict attention to detail from our doctors' thirty years of experience in the field. When you choose the Ladone Family, you are trusting us with your smile and taking the first monumental step on your journey towards a healthier mouth.

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Why is it Important to Get Immediate Care for a Dental Emergency?

Emergency dentistry is essential for maintaining good oral health and avoiding the risk of more serious complications. In many instances, people don't realize they have a dental issue that should be addressed right away until the pain becomes unbearable. An emergency dentist can quickly evaluate and treat any existing problems, helping to alleviate discomfort and restore one's dental and general health in a short period of time. 

The ability to schedule same-day or tele-dentistry appointments can be invaluable when it comes to avoiding more widespread infection, pain, or the risk of damage if the problem is left untreated. Without proper care, minor issues like toothaches or lost fillings can become much more complex and expensive to address in the future. Therefore, our emergency dentistry in Naperville is an important part of preventative care that absolutely should not be neglected.

What are the Most Common Dental Emergencies?

Dental emergencies can be painful and scary, but knowledge is half the battle. The most common dental emergencies involve: 

  • A tooth being knocked out, broken, or cracked due to trauma
  • An abscess caused by bacteria invading the gums
  • A severe toothache
  • A broken filling
  • A damaged crown or bridge
  • Infected tooth root, requiring root canal therapy
  • Pain, damage, or trauma requiring tooth extraction

It's important to treat these conditions as soon as possible; a knocked-out tooth may be re-implanted within 30 minutes of leaving the socket for the best chance of survival, and pain from a cracked or abscessed tooth should be relieved immediately to reduce infection risk. Knowing how to identify and remedy common dental emergencies can help keep you smiling in no time!

What are Some Signs You May Need Emergency Dentistry?

Any sort of intense pain in your mouth, jaw, or teeth should never be ignored. If left untreated, even minor dental issues can become serious medical emergencies. That’s why it’s important to seek prompt professional treatment if any of the following five signs present themselves: severe pain, an accident involving your facial area that could result in a chipped or broken tooth, the loss of a tooth through injury or decay, bleeding from the gums that does not stop after 10 minutes, and pus or infection around the gum line. In all these cases seeing a same-day emergency dentist is strongly encouraged in order to receive timely treatment and possibly halt further damage.

What Happens if I Don’t Treat My Infection in Time?

When a tooth infection is left untreated, it can quickly escalate into something much more serious. A dental abscess is a severe infection that originates in the tooth and spreads to the jawbone and mouth floor. Despite its intensity, many signs of an abscess aren't always immediately obvious unless it's caught during an examination. Luckily, Dr. Paul or Dr. Kelsey can identify an abscess during your dental visit so you know when treatment should take priority. Keep your smile healthy and maintained by scheduling regular appointments - prevention is the best way to avoid infection.

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