We can be contacted through our office at 847-459-9100 for any dental emergency. You may reach our after-hours voicemail, but we will then make our cell phone numbers available to you.
If a permanent tooth is knocked out, do not clean it. The root contains valuable cells that are essential for successful re-implantation. Place the tooth back in the socket immediately or place the tooth in a container of milk or cool water and call Dr. Loiben immediately. Ideally you should bring your child and the tooth to us at once (within 30 minutes if possible). In some cases, the tooth can be re-implanted successfully, but after two hours the chances are greatly diminished. If it is not feasible for you to come in immediately, we can help determine the best course of action.
If a permanent or baby tooth is loosened or broken, call Dr. Loiben. Even after hours, we can often talk you through the situation. Immediate care is not always necessary, but your child should be examined within a few days to see if treatment is needed. There may be damage that is not obvious and can become more serious without attention.
If you notice an abscess on the gums and/or swelling, we will mostly likely call in a prescription for your child and schedule an appointment within the next few days. Prescriptions can be called in after hours; abscesses are sometimes accompanied by pain and we want your child on medication as soon as possible to help clear any infection.
We do not discourage you from seeking immediate treatment in an emergency room if your child has suffered severe trauma to the mouth and may require stitches. For more routine dental issues we hope to help you avoid unnecessary time and money spent in the hospital by answering your questions to assess the situation and determine if a visit to us or a referral to another dental specialist might be more appropriate. If you do find yourself in an emergency room, feel free to have the treating physician contact Dr. Loiben for consultation.