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When you have a dental emergency, it's important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Most dental emergencies are time-sensitive, so delaying treatment could make the problem worse. Sometimes, a dental emergency can be painful, but in other cases, it's simply annoying. Regardless, you should visit your dentist at the earliest. Your dentist can diagnose the problem and determine the best treatment for a dental emergency. 

A dental emergency is an unexpected oral concern that involves our teeth and the supporting tissues. While prevention is the best way to maintain your oral health, knowing the first aid to such emergencies can help prevent long-term damage. A dental health professional must treat them at the earliest to prevent further complications. Call West County Smile at (314)576-4462 in the event of a dental emergency. 

Emergency Dentist

Emergency dental pain can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or socioeconomic status. While some cases may be mild and temporary (e.g., a cracked tooth), others may be much more severe and require immediate attention (e.g., a broken jaw). The key to ensuring your oral health is to seek treatment right away.

A dentist's office is a great place to start. Most dentists offer emergency care and can also provide you with emergency dental care tips. The services offered by an emergency dentist include root canal treatments, crowns, dental implants, tooth extractions, dental fillings, etc. 

It's important to remember that, in most cases, emergency rooms are not equipped to treat dental emergencies.

Types of dental emergencies

It's important to understand that not every painful or uncomfortable feeling in the mouth is an emergency. However, some instances do require immediate care. Several common dental emergencies include broken or chipped tooth, cracked tooth, loose crown or filling, a tooth that is knocked out, swelling, lumpiness and bruising, severe dental pain, etc. 

If you experience a dental emergency, it's important to see a dentist right away. Your dentist may:

  • Fill in a tooth cavity
  • Repair a tooth that is cracked or chipped
  • Reattach a knocked-out tooth
  • Remove an orthodontic wire
  • Clean your mouth

In the event of a dental emergency, you will need the help of an emergency dentist right away. A dental emergency is often a time-sensitive event that will require immediate treatment.

Emergency Dentist Vs. Emergency Room

An emergency room is designed to handle emergencies and life-threatening situations. An ER physician is more likely than an emergency dentist to treat things like trauma, internal bleeding, or gunshot wounds, as well as severe, sudden pain that is the result of these more severe circumstances. An emergency dentist is equipped to handle and treat sudden dental emergencies, including dental pain that comes suddenly and without warning. This includes situations where a tooth has been knocked out, broken, or fractured.

An emergency room (ER) is staffed with doctors and nurses who have training for handling medical emergencies. They can provide medications to relieve pain, but they can't perform procedures on your teeth.

How can I prevent dental emergencies?

While you can't prevent all dental emergencies, you can prevent the risks associated with them. During your dental exams, your dentist will be able to spot and treat certain conditions before they become emergencies. You can prevent many dental emergencies by practicing the following:

  • Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Brush your tongue.
  • Wear a mouthguard while playing sports and athletics.
  • Avoid chewing on hard objects like ice, popcorn kernels, hard candies, etc.
  • Do not use your teeth to cut or tear things.
  • Never skip your regular professional dental care.

Dental exams and cleanings give you and your dentist the chance to identify and treat any dental problems early before they have time to develop into a bigger problem.

Questions Answered on This Page

  1. What is emergency dentistry?
  2. Who is an emergency dentist?
  3. What are the types of dental emergencies?
  4. Difference between an emergency dentist and an emergency room.
  5. How can I prevent dental emergencies?

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I experience a dental emergency?

If you experience a dental emergency, be sure to call our emergency dentist as quickly as possible. Our dentist will try to accommodate you the same day you contact us.

What are the treatment options for dental emergencies?

Most dental emergencies are handled in the dental office. If a tooth is knocked out, a dentist will clean the tooth, re-insert it and splint it to the teeth on either side of the gap. A knocked-out tooth can be re-implanted if done within an hour of the accident. If a tooth is cracked or chipped, the dentist will cover the injury with a protective dental restoration, such as a dental crown. If the injury causes bleeding, the dentist can place a hemostatic agent (such as a topical gel or medication) on the injured area. This stops the bleeding and allows the dentist to work on your tooth.

Is emergency dental care expensive?

Emergency dental care may be more expensive than regular dental care, but this isn't always the case. An emergency dentist may charge more for their services, but they will prioritize emergency cases first over non-emergency cases. If you're experiencing an emergency, you shouldn't hesitate to contact an emergency dentist.

Is emergency dental care covered by insurance?

Yes, emergency dental care is generally covered by insurance. However, you will need to check with your insurance company to understand your policy and coverage. If your insurance only covers a portion of your treatment, payments can be made through our practice with a low-interest CareCredit payment plan.

14377 Woodlake Dr Suite 108
Chesterfield, MO, 63017

West County Smile

14377 Woodlake Dr Suite 108

Tel: (314) 576-4462

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