St. Louis, MO, Emergency Dentistry
A dental emergency is just what it sounds like. An emergency. Dental emergencies aren’t planned and often times they come out of nowhere or could even be the result of long periods without going to the dentist. In either case, it is important to seek immediate dental care.
Our hope at West County Dental is that our patients never need emergency dental services, however in the case you do have an emergency, we are ready to help you in get the treatment you need as quickly as possible.
What Is a Dental Emergency?
Basically, a dental emergency is a dental problem that requires immediate attention to save a tooth, stop ongoing bleeding, and/or alleviate severe dental pain. Below are many examples of what might constitute as a true dental emergency.
Sensitive Teeth or Jaw Pain
If you develop tooth or jaw pain, we encourage you to call us for emergency dental services and fast relief. The sooner you come to our office, the sooner we can ease the pain in the short-term, and then focus on identifying the cause of the problem while it’s still minor. Catching cavities, infections, or nerve damage as soon as possible always means the treatment will be less invasive than if you wait until the pain is severe and the damage is more serious or even permanent. Learn about the effects of periodontal disease to understand why good oral hygiene is important to avoid toothaches and sensitivity.
If you’ve lost a tooth due to injury, accident, or tooth disease, keep the tooth in warm water if you still have it and contact our office for emergency dental services. If you act quickly, we may be able to save the original tooth or at least provide you with pain relief and a temporary solution so you can eat and speak normally. Even if your tooth can’t be saved, you don’t have to live with a gap. We offer dental implants and same-day crowns to give you a custom tooth replacement to restore your smile.
If you notice a loose tooth that hasn’t fallen out yet, resist the temptation to wiggle or pull it and contact our office instead. In some cases, we can help you keep the tooth, but it’s still important to have an exam, as a loose tooth could mean damage to the root and the start of an infection, leading to even more weakened or painful teeth.
Tongue and Lip Injuries
The most common kind of non-tooth injury patients call us about is a bite injury. If you bite your tongue or lip hard enough to draw blood, rinse with room temperature fresh water and apply a cold compress like a wet cloth for several minutes to reduce swelling. If the bleeding doesn’t stop or you see a deep wound in the mirror, you can contact our office or your local urgent care center for stitches.
Call an Emergency Dentist As Soon as Possible
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please contact our office in St. Louis for after-hours care or last-minute appointments. We will do our very best to see you right away. We offer same-day and after-hours appointments to effectively treat your pain or injury as efficiently as possible.