Emergency Dental Services
If you’re having an emergency, call (314) 962-6643 now. We have a dentist on call. The emergency dental services we provide include treatment of tooth ache, cut or bitten tongue (including lip and cheek), broken braces and wires, broken tooth, knocked out permanent tooth, and a broken jaw. If you have one of the emergency conditions below, here is some general advice.
To move any food that may be trapped between teeth, rinse the mouth with warm salt water; the goal is to clean the area around the sore tooth. Do not use aspirin on the affected area. If you have swelling, use a cold compress. For pain relief, we recommend acetaminophen.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek
Apply ice to any area that may be bruised. If there’s bleeding, apply gentle but firm pressure with a clean cloth or sterile gauze. Go to the emergency room if bleeding does not stop within 15 minutes.
Broken Braces and Wires
Generally, a broken appliance (braces or the wires) should only be removed if it can be removed easily. Cover protruding edges with chewing gum, cotton balls, wax, or gauze. Call our office right away.
With warm water, rinse the affected area and use a facial compress. Recover fragments and call our office.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
Find and recover the knocked out tooth, holding it by the crown (top). Rinse the tooth but do not clean the tooth. Do not handle the tooth more than is necessary. Take the tooth and insert the tooth in the socket; hold the affected tooth in the socket with a clean cloth or clean gauze. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, place it in a cup with milk or water. Time is of the essence so call our office immediately.
Keep the mouth closed with a tie, handkerchief, or towel. Go to the emergency room.
Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out
Tightly place gauze over the affected area. Bite on the gauze for up to 15 minutes. Call our office if the bleeding continues.
Cold or Canker Sores
First try over-the-counter medications. If these don’t work, schedule an appointment with us.