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What Is Considered a Tooth Emergency?

May 28, 2022
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Posted By: Dr. Kevin Burgdorf Staff
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Your emergency dentist in Missouri considers sudden tooth damage, pain, or breakage a dental emergency. Outside of the tooth, jaw and gum swelling and oral trauma are also considered emergencies.

Suppose you have a dental emergency or suspect you might. In that case, it’s always crucial to contact our dentist office as soon as possible for further instructions and to arrange your emergency dental visit.

What to Do While Waiting to See Your Emergency Dentist

  • If you knocked out a tooth, we encourage you to keep it in a cup of water or saliva until it’s time to see the dentist. Keeping it moist, along with timely intervention, means we may be able to reset the tooth into the gum.
  • If you simply have a toothache, we encourage Ibuprofen if you’re medically able to take it and a periodic ice pack. These methods may also help with gum or jaw swelling and pain.
  • If your tooth is bleeding, staunching the flow with sterile gauze is the best course until you see the dentist.
  • If you have suffered trauma as in a car accident, we want you to go to the hospital and contact a team member only after being declared safe by a physician.

Lowering Your Risks for a Tooth Emergency

  • Visit your dentist twice yearly for checkups and teeth cleanings.
  • Talk to your dentist in Bridgeton, MO if you suspect bruxism (grinding and clenching the teeth).
  • Wear a well-fitting mouthguard if you compete athletically.
  • Talk to your dentist if you notice tooth pain, sensitivity, or other oral health changes.  

Contact Our Emergency Dentist Near St. Louis, MO

If you have a toothache or tooth trauma, we want to help! Reach out to Dr. Kevin Burgdorf, DDS at (314) 291-9000 for guidance and to arrange your emergency dental visit. And never hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about our dental services.

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