Emergency Dentistry Specialist

Philip Cook DDS LLC

Family Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Wilmette, IL

Suffering a dental emergency is an experience that can be stressful, painful, and unfamiliar to most people. At Philip Cook, DDS, LLC, the team of highly-skilled professionals can address most types of dental emergencies swiftly and efficiently. If you suffer any dental trauma while in or around the Wilmette, Illinois area, call the office immediately to schedule emergency treatment session.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

Philip Cook DDS LLC

What should I do in the event of a dental emergency?

The first step in responding to a dental emergency is to make a thorough assessment of your current safety. If the emergency originated from an automotive accident or another traumatic event, make sure you haven’t sustained life-threatening injuries and relocate to a nearby safe area as help arrives.

If your dental emergency originates while playing sports or conducting other physical activities, take time to be certain you’re not in shock before attempting to drive to seek treatment.

Contact the office to relay details of your condition and determine the appropriate course of action. In some cases, the staff may direct you to proceed directly to the nearest emergency room or urgent care clinic.

If Dr. Cook can treat your dental emergency in the office, he works to find the earliest possible appointment time to assist you.

What if I have knocked out or broken a tooth?

If your tooth is broken or wholly dislodged, try to locate it and gently rinse off any debris. Place the tooth or fragment between your cheek and gum tissue, or in a small container of milk.

Restoring your natural tooth in its normal position may be possible. Doing so requires the tooth is kept moist at all times until emergency care begins.

If you experience pain, rinse your mouth gently with warm water. Cold compresses placed on the exterior of your mouth can help keep swelling down and reduce pain.

How can I prevent a dental emergency?

In some cases, no degree of preparation or precaution can prevent a dental emergency. Often, however, there are steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of experiencing trauma to your mouth or teeth.

The following tips can help prevent many common dental emergencies:

  • When participating in sports, wear a properly-fitted mouthguard at all times.
  • Never use your teeth as tools to pry open containers.
  • Avoid biting down on hard foods, including ice, hard candy, and popcorn kernels.
  • When biking or skateboarding, consider wearing a helmet with a mouthguard.