Sedation Dentistry

We strive to make every visit relaxing and calming. To ensure your comfort during your appointment, we offer varying levels of sedation to help melt away your anxieties. At Merrillville Dentist., you can rest easy knowing that your experience will be a breeze, no matter your needs.

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Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Wisdom teeth almost always cause problems, whether it is now or in 20 years. Our Pain-Free extractions and sedation can help so that these pesky buggers never have the opportunity to cause problems for you in the future.

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Dental Implants

Smile again with confidence. Implants replace a missing tooth with a titanium post and a crown to restore your bite and prevent bone loss. They’re long-lasting, and look and function just like a natural tooth. In fact, they have the highest success rate and longest lifespan of all restorative treatment options, making them the ideal solution for missing teeth.

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Same-Day Crowns

Restore your smile in a single visit! With advanced technology and the latest techniques, we can create durable, beautiful dental crowns, without the wait.

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Facing a dental emergency?

Look no further! Our experienced team offers prompt and affordable emergency care to get you back to normal life swiftly. We prioritize your comfort and reserve same-day appointments to address your urgent needs efficiently and comfortably.

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Severe toothache

A sudden toothache can disrupt your daily activities like chewing, talking, or even sleeping. Cracked, infected, or abscessed teeth are common culprits, along with other factors like facial injuries, impacted wisdom teeth, or gum disease. While these issues may cause discomfort, they are typically treatable by your dentist. Don't wait – schedule an appointment promptly for relief. In the meantime, there are remedies you can try to ease the pain temporarily.

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Badly cracked tooth

Ever had a toothache hijack your day? Whether it's a cracked tooth, a pesky infection, or even an impacted wisdom tooth causing the chaos, we've seen it all. But fear not! With a quick visit to your dentist, relief is on the horizon. Don't let tooth troubles hold you back – book your appointment now and explore some soothing remedies to tide you over until then.

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Knocked-out tooth

So, you've knocked out a tooth – what now? First off, locate the tooth and handle it carefully, holding it by the crown. Give it a quick rinse if needed, then try to place it back in its socket (only for adult teeth, though). Gently bite down on a cloth to keep it in place and head to the dentist pronto. Remember, the sooner the tooth is re-implanted, the better its chances of recovery.

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Extruded (partially dislodged) tooth

Don't wait when it comes to partial tooth dislodgement. Rushing to seek emergency dental care allows for the tooth to be reinserted and restored, preventing infection and decay. Plus, it reinforces the tooth's structure for proper healing and function. Ignoring the issue could lead to more damage and a host of other dental woes down the road, from infections to decay and gum disease. So, don't hesitate – get that smile back in shape with immediate attention!

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Dental abscess (swelling of your face and jaw)

When it comes to dental abscesses, some situations call for urgent action. If you suspect the infection has spread – especially if breathing or swallowing becomes difficult – don't hesitate: head straight to the emergency department at your nearest hospital. Why the rush? Well, in severe cases, a tooth infection can escalate to a life-threatening situation, potentially affecting the brain. So, swift action is vital to nip this issue in the bud and safeguard your well-being. Don't take any chances – prioritize your health and seek help promptly!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a dental emergency?

About 22 percent of people have experienced dental or oral pain in the last six months. To know if your situation is an emergency, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you in severe pain or experiencing severe swelling?
  • Do you have a painful toothache that will not subside?
  • Do you have a loose or knocked-out tooth?
  • Do you have swelling in your cheeks or face in combination with a toothache?
  • Are you experiencing extreme tooth sensitivity?
  • Are you bleeding from the mouth that will not stop?
  • Is your jaw injured?

In general, any dental problem that needs immediate treatment to stop bleeding, alleviate severe pain, or save a tooth is considered an emergency.

What is not a Dental Emergency?

If the problem can be taken care of yourself, for a few days without seeing your dentists, it likely isn’t a dental emergency. For example, a chipped or cracked tooth is only an emergency if the fracture is painful or has left you with trauma inside your mouth, or, if you have lost a tooth or filling, you can wait a few days to see your dentist.

What’s the best way to handle dental emergencies?

The best thing to do in a dental emergency is to contact your dentist unless it is extremely severe, then you should go to the emergency room.

Depending on the dental emergency you are experiencing, there may be some things you can do to help ease your pain and help the situation. Some efforts include:

  • Dissolve a teaspoon of salt into a mug of warm water and use it as a mouthwash
  • If your tooth is knocked out, place it in a glass of milk until you can see your dentist
  • Try flossing to eliminate any gum pressure
  • Use a cold compress on the swelling or painful area
  • Teeth cleaning
  • Rinse with diluted Hydrogen Peroxide to kill bacteria
  • Take over-the-counter pain medication to alleviate pain
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