Dealing with dental emergencies can be daunting and agonizing. You are often in a confused state and your decision-making may be impaired. Once dental emergencies occur, you have to remain focused and composed. You also have to act fast. A dental emergency can arise unexpectedly, and it is often serious, requiring urgent dental care. The sooner you seek the help of an emergency dentist in Ballwin, MO the higher the odds of getting treatment in time and stopping the pain.
Additionally, seeking prompt care can minimize the odds of the condition or injury getting worse and calling for a more invasive procedure. At Bergman Family Dental, our emergency dentistry team is ready to help during that time you are in pain.
When to Seek Our Emergency Dental Services
We handle various dental issues requiring emergency care. Some of these services include:
Chipped or Cracked Teeth
Your tooth may be susceptible to infection and decay if it is chipped or cracked. You should come see us to repair the tooth and keep bacteria away and avoid the need for pulling the tooth in the future.
If your tooth has been knocked out, you have little time to save it. You need to visit our dentist quickly, in less than an hour, if possible, to have the tooth reinserted into the socket. The chances of saving the tooth are higher if you get to us early. Do not handle the knocked-out tooth by its root. Make sure you keep it moist in the mouth or in a container with milk. Call our office as soon as possible to talk to our emergency dentist.
Extreme Tooth Pain
Severe tooth pain that doesn't subside could indicate an underlying issue that needs immediate attention. Our dentist can discover the cause and provide relief fast. As you prepare to reach our office, you can use a cold compress to minimize the pain.
The pockets of pus that develop at the tooth root's tip due to infection can be very painful. An abscess is obviously a dental emergency. If not checked in time, the infection can gain its way into the jaw or even get into your bloodstream, spreading to attack vital organs like the heart and brain. Seek emergency care if you have an abscessed gum or tooth.
Soft Tissue Injuries
If you have cut gums and other soft tissue injuries in the mouth such as cut cheeks and lips, you can visit our dentist for treatment. Soft tissue injuries like cuts and punctures can be painful and present risks of infection. These injuries can occur due to accidental biting down on your lip, a slip of floss or toothbrush, or the sharp edge of a tooth chip inflicting a cut.
Nonetheless, for serious facial trauma that happens, for instance, broken jaw and torn skin, you need to get to an emergency room instead of visiting our dental clinic. A broken jaw can bring severe pain and destabilize the mouth or bite function.
At our dental clinic, we have time open within our schedule dedicated to catering to patients needing urgent dental care. Call us at (636) 391-9666 or visit us at Bergman Family Dental to meet our emergency dentist in Ballwin, MO for all your dental emergencies.