EMERGENCY


Dental Emergencies are covered by our office 24/7. 

If you are experiencing a DENTAL EMERGENCY during office hours, then please call our office at (708) 788-7505. If you reach our voice mail system, then please leave your phone number and a detailed message describing your symptoms and the best time to call you back. We pick up our calls throughout the day and even when our office is closed.  

IF THE OFFICE IS CLOSED(708) 788-7505 and leave a message with the answering service. Dr. Klyber will make every effort to return your call as soon as possible. Please allow her time to reply.

If it is after office hours, then please review the list below for the type of emergency you are experiencing and follow the instructions:

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[item title="Knocked Out Tooth"]

No one wants to lose a tooth. When a tooth is knocked out, the best place to keep it is in the MOUTH BETWEEN THE CHEEK AND THE GUM. Placing the tooth in the mouth increases the tooth's survival.

If this is not possible (as in the case of a child):

• Do not handle the ROOT.
• Pick up the tooth by the CROWN (the top).
• Place the tooth in a clean container with milk.
• Bring the tooth and patient to our office as soon as possible.

There is a strong chance that the tooth can be saved and placed back into the mouth.

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[item title="Fractured (broken) Tooth  or Cracked Tooth"]

Even a perfect tooth can experience trauma. Usually small chips are not serious although you will need to contact us for a visit.  Buffing or a small bonding will take care of the problem.  

Larger fractures can expose the inside pulp of the tooth. For a seriously-fractured tooth, you may be referred to a specialist to evaluate and treat a major fracture. In severe cases, when the tooth cannot saved, it will need to be removed. Please contact our office as soon as possible so we can assess your problem and recommend the best treatment for your emergency.

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[item title="Possible Broken Jaw"]

It takes a forceful blow to break a jaw. For any indication of a broken jaw, we insist that you seek  EMERGENCY ROOM TREATMENT immediately.

DIAL  9-1-1 for emergency assistance.

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[item title="Bitten Lip or Tongue"]

An occasional biting of the lip or tongue is common and there should be no need for alarm. Bleeding should stop within 15-20  minutes. A cold wet wash cloth can be pressed against the lip or tongue and held there to slow down the bleeding. Soreness from the injured area will usually resolve in a day or two.  

Should the wound be more serious or bleeding heavy, it will be necessary to make a trip to the EMERGENCY ROOM IMMEDIATELY to assess and treat a larger wound of the lip or the tongue.  Stitches are usually indicated for these types of problems.  Please be sure to contact us for a follow-up visit.

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[item title="Objects Caught Between Teeth"]

Sometimes something gets stuck between the teeth that just won't come out.  

Your first choice should be a 12" strand of floss. Wrap the floss securely around your two index fingers, place the floss between the teeth until it snaps downward thru the contact point of the two teeth. Then in a lifting  motion try to dislodge the object.

Should this not work, take a new piece of floss, tie a knot in one end. With two fingers, floss between the contact point. Take the plain end and pull it thru the contact until the knotted end comes in contact with the object. Pull the knotted end thru. This should catch the object and pop it out from between the teeth.  

If this does not work after several attempts, please give us a call to be seen at our first available appointment.

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[item title="Toothache"]

A toothache is something we don't want you to experience.  

Toothaches can come from a problem with the gum surrounding the tooth, the nerve inside the tooth, trauma, a fracture, or any combination of events. Call us for an emergency visit. Depending upon your symptoms, we may direct you to a specialist for care. Our goal is to alleviate your paineither by us or the specialist.

If you reach our voice mail system when you call, then please leave your PHONE NUMBER and a DETAILED MESSAGE. If you do not hear from us within an hour, please call our office: (708) 788-7505.

Dr. Klyber or one of our staff will return your call as soon as we can.

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