September 20, 2017
Whether you are a new or current patient, Dr. Gregory A. Stiver and our compassionate and professional team will do all we can to get you a same-day appointment in the case of a dental emergency. If you happen to call outside our normal business hours, Dr. Stiver will be paged. Existing patients can also receive night and weekend emergency dentistry appointments.
If you are bleeding orally and are unable to stop it within a reasonable amount of time, visit your local emergency room as soon as possible. Then you can follow up with us for any restorative dentistry treatments you may need.
Learn To Recognize And Address Dental Emergencies
Because it could be a sign of a more significant issue, a good rule of thumb when it comes to your dental and oral health is, if you’re in pain, it’s a dental emergency. By visiting us as soon as possible when you have a dental issue, we’ll be able to solve the problem faster, more easily, and at less cost to you.
In some cases, like a sudden injury, a dental emergency will be quite obvious. But there are other situations that may not immediately seem like an emergency. If any of the following situations arise, contact us as soon as possible for a dental emergency appointment:
- Cracked, chipped, or otherwise broken teeth
- Knocked out teeth
- Teeth that have been knocked loose
- Broken dental restorations, like dental crowns or dentures
Clearly, you can’t predict a dental emergency. But you can be ready for one by keeping a good dental emergency kit ready. Here are few things you should keep with your first aid kit in the case of a dental emergency:
- Cotton swabs, for carefully examining affected areas of the mouth and applying medicine
- Cotton balls, for cleaning the mouth and adding gentle pressure to areas that are bleeding
- Gauze, for stopping bleeding and protecting an oral injury from further irritation
- Benzocaine, for numbing oral pain
- Nitrile gloves, to keep your mouth and hands clean while examining the problem
- Over-the-counter pain relievers, to make the situation more bearable
- Ice (packs), to reduce swelling and numb some of the pain
- Salt, to make a saline solution for rinsing your mouth
Along with the uses of the items listed above, we’ll describe a few specific situations and some of the actions you should take below.
If a tooth is knocked out, do not touch the tooth roots. Instead, pick up the tooth by the crown (the part that is normally visible above the gum line) and try to gently put it back in the socket. If you are unable to do this, store the tooth in a small container filled with milk or saliva until you can get to the dentist for a dental emergency appointment, where we’ll try to put it back in place.
You should follow the same procedure described for a knocked out tooth if a tooth is broken.
If you knock out or damage replacement teeth, gather all the pieces and take them with you to your emergency appointment. We may be able to repair the damage so you don’t have to get a whole new restoration.
When you visit us for a dental emergency, we will do everything we can to get you out of pain fast and provide a comfortable visit.
Depending on your situation and the dental treatment we recommend to address the problem, we will numb your mouth with an anesthetic so you won’t feel a thing. We can also increase your comfort and help relieve your dental anxiety with dental sedation options, including:
- Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as “laughing gas”
- Oral conscious sedation in pill form
- IV sedation
We can also provide various amenities to help calm your nerves, such as:
- Headphones and TVs with DISH programming to entertain and distract you while we work
- Soft neck and leg pillows
- Cozy blankets
- Warm aromatherapy towels
So you can enjoy our undivided attention, we can also treat you in a private care room by request. We look forward to helping you in your time of need!
Get professional help fast if you have a dental emergency by calling Dental Care Center of South Kansas City at 816-399-5539. You can also use our online form if your situation is less pressing or stop by our Kansas City, MO dentist office in person.