Emergency Dentistry – O’Fallon, MO
Fast & Effective Emergency Dentistry
Our team is committed to seeing patients the same day they call us in pain or if they’ve had an accident. We aim to treat dental emergencies as fast as possible to get you out of pain and soothe the anxiety and stress that comes with being in an urgent situation. We are conveniently located in O’Fallon with ample parking, so all you’ll need to worry about is getting to our office after you call our staff.
Why Choose Twin Oaks Family Dental for Emergency Dentistry?
- Same-Day Emergency Visits
- Conveniently Located
- Dental Insurance Accepted
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies always happen at the most unexpected moments, making it difficult to act fast and make the best decision for your oral health. That’s why we’ve outlined some basic tips to help you handle the most common dental emergencies that we receive. No matter what the situation is, it’s always important to contact our office right away so we can schedule an appointment for you the same day. We’ll also be able to provide you with over-the-phone first-aid guidance as well!
A toothache is a common sign of an infection hidden in the inner chamber of your tooth. To ease your pain, you can rinse your mouth with salt water, take an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen, and place a cold compress on the area.
Retrieve the broken-off piece of your tooth from the ground and gently rinse it under water. Be sure to bring it to your appointment with you. If the incident created a sharp tooth edge, you can prevent it from irritating or scraping the inside of your cheek and lip by placing a piece of orthodontic wax or sugar-free gum over it.
Time is of the essence, so be sure to reach our practice within an hour of the incident. Retrieve your knocked-out tooth, being sure to never touch the roots, and rinse it under a stream of cool water. To keep it viable, transport it in a sealable container of salt water or milk.
Lost Filling / Crown
A lost or damaged restoration needs to be replaced or repaired in a timely manner in order to prevent an infection from developing. If you can find the restoration, you can temporarily place it back on the tooth with a dab of denture adhesive or a piece of sugar-free gum.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Although dental emergencies aren’t completely avoidable, there are some ways you can reduce your risk of experiencing one. These include:
- Wearing a protective athletic or bruxism mouthguard.
- Brushing and flossing every day.
- Visiting us for checkups and cleanings every six months.
- Avoid biting on hard items, like pens and your fingernails.
- Be mindful of eating a diet containing high amounts of sugar and carbohydrates.
- Drop bad oral habits like smoking.
Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Before we’re able to provide you with a cost for your visit, we’ll need to thoroughly examine your mouth to understand the severity of your emergency and make a treatment plan. Once we’ve done this, our team will walk you through the price and discuss any financial options with you. If you don’t have dental insurance, we offer an in-house savings plan as well as additional financing through CareCredit and Greensky.