• June 25, 2016
Dental Emergency Near Joliet

We hope that you are enjoying the summer so far! There is plenty of fun to be had in our great community. But whatever you get into, don’t forget to be vigilant! The pool can pose problems. And cookouts can be dangerous. A dental emergency can arise when you least expect it. So, you will want to be ready to act fast if you should ever find yourself in such a scenario!

Every dental emergency is unique, so there is never going to be a one-size-fits-all plan for handling them. Fortunately, dental emergencies are not usually life-threatening in the way that other medical emergencies might be.

That said, they can be life-changing if not addressed the right way.

You can rest assured that we will be here to provide prompt emergency services all summer long. Keep reading to learn more about some common emergencies, and get in-touch ASAP if you are in the midst of one already!


If you take a bite out of your tongue, lips, or other sections of your mouth, it will no doubt be painful, but you probably won’t have to see us in person in unless it is severe.

Start cleaning the area and applying an ice pack or cold compress. The bleeding will usually subside before too long.

Losing A Tooth

Your reaction time is crucial when attempting to save a dislodged tooth.

If you are able to locate the tooth, pick it up by the crown rather than the root, lightly rinse it off and place the tooth in milk. Then, get over to our Shorewood office as quickly as you can.

If we can not save your tooth, we will move forward with other restorative services (like implants).

Chipping A Tooth

Don’t run on the wet concrete at the pool! Never use your teeth as tools at a cookout. They weren’t meant to open beer bottles!

If you are eating popcorn, candy, rib bones, or ice, be careful!

If you do you break or chip a tooth, never ignore the problem, even if there isn’t any pain present. That’s because when you chip or break a tooth, you can expose the dentin and dental pulp, putting yourself at risk for a root canal or worse.

Let us get it fixed up fast instead!

In Case Of A Dental Emergency, Head Our Way!

We hope that today’s post has been helpful. There are many other things that can be problematic including toothaches or TMJ-related pain. If it feels like an emergency to you, it probably is!

At Shorewood Family Dental Care, we know how crazy any emergency situation will seem at the time, and we want to help minimize your stress, pain, and expense as we get you safely through your dental crisis.

Just so you know, around here, we see emergency patients same-day! Don’t wait to call our Shorewood, Illinois office at 815-725-5991! Or feel free to contact us online instead.