You’re driving through town on your way to visit your grandmother in Chicago, and you’re chewing a delicious piece of saltwater taffy. Suddenly, the taffy cements to one of your dental crowns and pulls the crown right off of the implant. What do you do?

You’re getting ready for bed and look in the mirror to find that the sore tooth you’ve been nursing all day has made the entire side of your face swell. The pain is unbearable, and you’re scared there might be an underlying issue that needs to be addressed immediately. What do you do?

Your son is playing a weekend game of roller hockey with the neighborhood kids. One of the kids accidently elbows your son in the mouth, knocking out two of his incisors and making another one loose. What do you do?

The answer to all of these situations is to contact your local dentist and make an emergency dental visit. Dental emergencies typically take place after normal business hours, but there are some dentists in Bloomington who leave time slots open in their normal business day to provide emergency dental care to those who need it.

A dental emergency can include:

  • Broken/cracked teeth
  • Swelling in the mouth or face
  • Unbearable tooth pain
  • Unexplained oral bleeding
  • Loose teeth or teeth that have been knocked out

While more dental emergencies are accidents and cannot be prevented, some dental emergencies can be prevented with a regular dental checkup and good dental hygiene. In some cases, dental pain and swollen or bleeding gums are the result of poor dental hygiene. Making sure to floss twice per day and brush after every meal can help you avoid a dental emergency appointment.

To learn more about the different types of treatments available for dental emergencies, or to speak with a dentist about your dental emergency, call or come in and visit Dr. Mike Milligan and his knowledgeable professional dental team at Eastland Dental Center. There is a dentist in Bloomington you can trust with your dental emergencies, and he is only a phone call away.

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