Emergency Dentist in Springfield, MO
A dental emergency can strike at the most inopportune time causing patients understandable fear and anxiety. You may not be able to prevent an emergency, but you can plan ahead and be prepared in the event of unexpected dental damage. Knowing what to do in the case of dental emergencies can significantly improve a patient’s ability to remain calm and seek the dental health care they need. If you or a loved one are experiencing a dental emergency, contact the team at Olson Family Dental. We’ll do our utmost to provide treatment on the same day you contact us, and guide you through first-aid techniques to protect your smile until you arrive at our practice.
Don’t Hesitate – Call Olson Family Dental
The most important thing to do in case of dental emergency is call our office right away. Use our regular contact number at (417) 823-4900 at any time of day, and you will receive information directing you to the appropriate person for assistance. If you’re unsure whether your condition constitutes an emergency, we recommend calling to discuss your situation. We’re happy to make recommendations over the phone, and help you determine what action to take next. Some of the most common dental emergencies we see are:
- Avulsed, knocked out, teeth
- Knocked out dental crown, filling, inlay, onlay, or other dental restoration
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Chipped and cracked teeth
- Broken dental restorations
- Severe toothache caused by tooth abscess or root canal infection
- Dental trauma following an accident
- Soft tissue injuries
- Broken jawbone
There are several first aid techniques that help patients during a dental emergency, but we recommend patients at least try to remember the three ‘C’s:
- Calm – try to remain calm. Stress and anxiety elevate blood pressure making bleeding heavier and inhibiting the patient’s ability to fully understand the extent of the oral health damage. Take deep breaths, seek help from friends or family members, and contact our team right away.
- Clean – to prevent infection, gently clean your mouth and any cuts or wounds outside the mouth with warm water. If you’ve lost a tooth or piece of a tooth, clean this with warm water as well. Return a knocked out tooth to its vacated socket whenever possible, or store it in a container of milk until you reach our practice.
- Cold – applying an ice pack or cold compress at 20 minute intervals (20 on/20 off) relieves pain, reduces swelling, and aids in slowing blood loss. This is beneficial pain management tool for patients experiencing any level of dental trauma.
Schedule Your Dental Emergency Right Away
Contact Olson Family Dental in Springfield if you’re in need of emergency dentistry or you’re ready to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon. If at any time you are fearful that your life may be at risk during a dental emergency, proceed to your local emergency room right away. We would be happy to help you with any dental health damage once your life is no longer in danger.