Emergency Treatment Within 24 To 48 Hours
It is important to treat dental emergencies as quickly as possible. Dr. Kardaris makes every effort to see emergency cases within 24 hours. For less severe cases it may be within 48 hours.
Dr. Kardaris likes to deal with the problem right away and will start the treatment during the emergency visit.
Our emergency procedure:
- Dr. Kardaris immediately gives anesthesia for immediate alleviation of the pain
- An exam of the problem area is conducted to establish a diagnosis
- X-rays are taken to pinpoint the source of the problem and to identify any threats to your dental health
- Treatment is begun that same day to alleviate pain and fix the problem, this may include extractions or root canal therapy
If you have a dental emergency, call 636.449.0215 immediately to set an appointment. Please inform the receptionist that this is an emergency, and she will make sure that you get in to see the dentist as soon as possible.
Tips for dealing with a dental emergency
Below are some helpful tips if you are in pain or have had an accident.
A knocked-out tooth
- Place the tooth back in the mouth where it fell out (if possible), and bite down gently on gauze or a wet tea bag to hold it in place, being careful not to swallow the tooth.
- If the above step is not possible, place the tooth in a container and cover with a small amount of whole milk or saliva. The tooth can also be carried between lower lip and lower gum or under the tongue.
- Call the dentist right away, it is important to handle this as quickly as possible.
A lost filling: Temporarily seal the exposed cavity with a piece of sugarless gum or over-the-counter dental cement.
Toothache: Rinse your mouth with warm water and floss to remove food particles. If there is any swelling, apply a cold compress to the area.
Dental abscess: Contact our office immediately. If left untreated, an abscess can lead to a serious infection.Rinse your mouth with a mild saline solution of ½ teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of water several times a day.
Loose crown: If a crown feels loose or becomes detached, carefully attempt to slip it back on. First, prepare the inside of the crown with over-the-counter dental cement, denture adhesive or even toothpaste.Otherwise bring the crown with you to our office.
Broken tooth: Save all pieces of the broken tooth and rinse your mouth with warm water to remove any fragments left. Apply a cold compress to the area.
For more tips on how to take care of an emergency dental situation, visit the American Dental Association’s patient information page on dental emergencies.