Emergency Dental Care
What to Do in a Dental Emergency
Are you experiencing severe toothaches? Have you suffered oral trauma? Our dental team is here to help! We have your back when a dental emergency happens. Discover how we can help prepare and protect you and your family with our emergency dental care services.
Continue reading for more information on what is considered a dental emergency or call our Valley Park, Missouri office immediately at 636-529-1460 if urgent assistance is required!
Types of Dental Emergencies
So, what constitutes a dental emergency? When a toothache or another dental emergency strikes, the emergency dentists at Valley Park Dental Care are trained to quickly respond by connecting you with a dentist who can give prompt relief. We handle a wide range of emergency dental issues, including:
- Toothaches- Severe pain is a sign that something is amiss. The longer you wait, the more difficult (and expensive) the solution. Rinsing out your mouth with warm salt water will hopefully dislodge any trapped food between your teeth. If you are experiencing facial swelling, use a cold compress and acetaminophen for temporary relief.
- Cut Tongue, Lip, or Cheek- For bleeding, apply pressure with sterile gauze to reduce the chances of infection and complication. Use your better judgment as well; if the cut looks significant, and bleeding does not seem to be subsiding, contact an emergency room.
- Broken, Cracked, or Chipped Tooth- Not sure what to do for a broken tooth? Start by rinsing the area with warm water. Place a cold compress over the site of the injury. If you can, recover any broken tooth fragments. If possible, save the tooth fragment and rinse both your mouth and the salvaged tooth pieces with warm water.
- Knocked Out Permanent Tooth- Recover the tooth and hold it by the crown (top), not the root. Rinse, but do not over-cleaning or over-handling. Put and hold the tooth in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If reinsertion is impossible, carry the tooth in a cup of milk or water. Stopping the bleeding is most important. Don’t remove any attached tissue, they help re-secure the tooth!
- Broken Wires and Braces- If a wire breaks or sticks out of a bracket in your braces and pokes around your mouth, try and push it to a non-bothersome position. If you can’t do this, add a cotton swab until you reach the dentist. Leave the wire as is. You may swallow it if cut.
- Cold, Canker Sores, and Abscesses- Over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen can provide temporary relief as well. Use only as directed. An abscess is a serious infection that typically occurs in the gumline around the teeth. If left alone, infections might spread to the body. Visit your emergency dentist as soon as possible if you discover pain or swelling in the gums.
To expedite your care, Valley Park Dental Care also recommends adding 636-529-1460 to your contacts so that, if an emergency happens, you can reach us immediately. Keeping our information handy will not only help you save valuable time; it could be important in helping to rescue an injured tooth.
Other Dental Emergencies
If any other peculiar symptoms or pain persists, or you are wondering where to go for a dental emergency, please give us a call so we can help determine if you need to come into our practice or to the emergency room. With emergency dental care, you can spend less time worrying about if the dentist is open and more time fixing the problem at hand!
If you're not experiencing any pain but still have a dental concern, don't hesitate to call! Research shows that periodontal problems can potentially increase the risk for diabetes, stroke, and cardiovascular disease.
Your health and comfort are our priority. We know oral pain is a concern of yours, which is why our team can schedule a consultation with you during regular business hours. Call 636-529-1460 for more details on what qualifies as a dental emergency, or to schedule a consultation with our emergency dentists!
How to Avoid Dental Emergencies
Accidents are unplanned, and therefore hard to prepare for. The best option for staying in front of a dental emergency is to be preventative. Schedule regular exams every six months and continue your regimen of good oral hygiene. Brush at least twice a day, floss once per day, and avoid brittle foods like hard candy that may do damage to your teeth!
Schedule an Emergency Dental Care Service Today!
At Valley Park Dental Care, we understand that the luxury of time is often unavailable when an emergency happens and that the need for rapid response can be nerve-wracking. That is why we are here for both your regular and emergency dental needs.
Our staff is ready during business hours to provide quick relief when a dental emergency happens. Reaching Valley Park Dental Care after the office has closed is also easy with our after-hours service! So, if you have a dental emergency, and need emergency dental care near Valley Park, MO, call Valley Park Dental Care at 636-529-1460.