Emergency Dental Care Specialist

Jefferson Park Smile Corner

Charles F. Lockhart, DDS, MAGD

Dentist located in Jefferson Park, Chicago, IL

Dental emergencies happen when you least expect them to, so you want a dentist you can turn to quickly. Men and women in the Chicago area find reassurance in the fact that Charles F. Lockhart, DDS, MAGD, offers emergency dental care at Jefferson Park Smile Corner. He leaves extra time in his schedule and uses an emergency answering service to ensure you’re taken care of. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, call the office during business hours or the emergency line after hours to get in right away.

Emergency Dental Care Q & A

What is a dental emergency?

A dental emergency is a tooth- or jaw-related problem that requires immediate attention. You may be experiencing a dental emergency if you have dental damage or pain that can’t wait until the next day or available appointment.

Examples of dental emergencies include:

  • Broken, cracked, loose, or knocked-out tooth
  • Damaged dental work
  • Abscess or infection
  • Severe pain
  • Debris lodged between teeth

If you’re unsure what to do in any of these situations, call the office or the emergency line for recommendations.

When should I go to the emergency room?

Most dental emergencies don’t require a trip to the emergency room. However, the ER is an option if you can’t reach the office or more serious circumstances surround your dental emergency, such as:

  • An infection that may have spread
  • A traumatic injury or accident
  • A broken or dislocated jawbone
  • Severe bleeding

Unless you have a more serious medical reason to go there, an ER trip may prove costly and unnecessary. Doctors can’t practice dentistry, they can only give you pain medications or antibiotics and send you back to the dentist’s office.

How can I protect my teeth in a dental emergency?

If you have a knocked out or damaged tooth, you can take some preventive actions to preserve it until you get to the dentist.

Knocked out tooth

You can improve your chances of saving the tooth by holding it in its socket or placing it inside a glass of milk and heading to the office right away.

Cracked tooth

Clean the area by rinsing your mouth with warm water and avoid placing any pressure on the tooth. Use cold compresses on your face to help reduce pain and swelling.


Clean your mouth with a warm water rinse, and try to remove food debris with dental floss. Don’t try to treat a toothache yourself by rubbing aspirin on the gums. Contact Dr. Lockhart if your pain is unbearable or persistent.

If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, call the front desk during office hours, or the emergency line after hours. The staff ensures you get access to emergency dental care any time, any day.