Dr. Healy and the team are ready to help you manage dental emergencies

Lady experiencing toothache

Emergencies can strike at any time. They seem to happen when we least expect them or are unprepared to deal with them. Dental emergencies can cause severe pain at any time. But it’s also important to recognize how leaving an untreated dental problem for a long period of time can turn into an urgent dental care issue.

Lockport dentist, Dr. Healy, and his team are proud to provide a number of emergency dental services including same-day appointments, walk-in dental appointments, and immediate dental care. Whatever problem you may have, our team is ready to help you right away.

What is Considered an Dental Emergency?

There are many dental issues that can arise unexpectedly including broken teeth, broken fillings, accidents that cause teeth to fall out, blunt force trauma making teeth come loose, and more. Everyday wear and tear can cause damage to your teeth over time, and if left untreated, it can cause a great deal of pain and further damage.

Broken teeth leave the inside of your teeth exposed to food particles, debris, infection and more. It’s important to have your teeth repaired as soon as possible if you feel a crack or experience pain so that there aren’t ongoing problems with your teeth.

Immediate care of such problems provide a reduced risk of infection or problems in the future. The longer you delay seeing a dentist for an urgent dental care matter, the more likely it is that you may lose your tooth or teeth.

Urgent Dental Care for Pain and Discomfort

If you experience sudden or unexplained pain in your teeth, it may be a dental emergency. Contact our office to speak to one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff members who can advise you on whether you should come to our dental office. Some emergencies can’t wait and require a walk-in dentist. If you have damaged or lost your dental implant, if your crown has cracked or fallen out, or if you have gums that won’t stop bleeding because of accident or injury, do not delay in contacting Dr. Healy in Lockport, IL.

What is Involved in Dental Care for Emergencies?

Depending on the issue, emergency dental care can repair or replace broken fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures, and more. Dr. Healy may elect to remove any overly damaged tooth, due to accident or injury to help reduce the risk of further damage or infection. We will clean and disinfect any areas that are damaged, take x-rays if needed, and prepare the area for additional work if needed.

We make every effort to resolve your dental emergency in one visit if possible. We know that you may be feeling anxious about what may occur in order to reduce pain or fix the problem.   We will take the time to explain all of the options to you and ensure that you are comfortable during any treatment in our office, particularly during emergency treatments.

Whenever possible, we’ll offer you a same-day appointment for your dental emergency. If you call after hours, we’ll contact you as soon as possible to arrange for an urgent dental care appointment. We offer 24-hour booking services online.

Follow-up for Dental Emergencies

Following a dental emergency, you may need to come back to our Lockport, IL dental office to ensure that there is no further risk of infection or damage. For quick fixes, such as fillings or extractions, there is no need to follow up, but ongoing care is vital to the success of your oral health regime.

We’ll advise you on any additional treatments or special care that is needed to ensure your dental treatment is a success. If you have questions or concerns following your dental treatment, don’t hesitate to reach out to us to discuss aftercare.

Paying for Emergency Dental Care

Sometimes, patients avoid coming to the dentist because they are worried about paying for dental services, let alone emergency services. We will do our best to help you organize payment and insurance coverage for your emergency services. If you have questions or concerns about your dental care, do not hesitate to contact us to learn more about payment options. Our goal is to put your mind at ease so you can undergo the dental treatments you need.

Contact Dr. Healy Today

Don’t spend another minute in pain.  If you have or believe you have a critical dental issue, contact Dr. Healy and his team of dedicated dental professionals today. We can provide same-day and next-day appointments to help manage pain, discomfort, and treat dental emergencies with kindness and care. Contact us today at 815-836-0001 to book an appointment.