FAQs: Emergency Dental Services
Emergency rooms and hospitals do not treat tooth issues. Emergency physicians are not trained in dental practice. Schedule an appointment with Emergency Dental of St. Louis as soon as possible.
We are open 7 days per week; Monday – Sunday from 9 AM to 9 PM. We can see you same day if you call before 7:30 PM each evening.
Yes, we can help preserve your tooth. When you come to the office, bring the broken or lost tooth with you. We will take immediate steps to save the tooth and repair the injury.
It is important that you see an emergency dental services office as soon as this happens. The preservation of the tooth depends on the timeliness.
Swelling is usually an indication of an infection. It is important to have any infection addressed by a dentist as soon as possible. Lingering infections in the mouth can have long-term health effects if left untreated over time.
Follow these tips when caring for yourself at home:
- Don’t chew on the side of the infected tooth & avoid hot or cold foods and beverages as your tooth may be sensitive to the temperature.
- Put oil of cloves directly on the tooth to relieve pain. You can buy oil of cloves at drugstores.
- Place a cold pack on your jaw over the sore area. This will help to reduce inflammation and temporarily create a numbing effect. If you’d like, you can gently massage the numbed cheek externally to help ease some of the pain.
- You may use over-the-counter medication to ease the pain unless another medicine was prescribed. If you have chronic liver or kidney disease, talk with your health care provider before using acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Also, talk with your provider if you’ve had a stomach ulcer or GI bleeding.
Most of our offices offer some form of sedation dentistry. Please contact the Emergency Dental Services office near you for more information.
Not much. We are a family practice that has much more convenience. Our office hours and ability to bring patients into our clinics during weekends, evenings, and holidays allows our patients to emergency dental services when they need at almost any time.
Our dentists also provide the same restorative & preventative dentistry that patients would receive at a general practitioner.
Emergency Dental of St. Louis accepts nearly all dental insurance plans on an indemnity basis. This means that we contact your insurance provider to determine your coverage, co-pay and out-of-pocket costs. We are contracted with certain private insurances. We are not contracted with the state Medicaid or Medicare programs. In saying this, we do take any insurance plan that will reimburse insurance amounts directly to the clinic. Ask the clinic for more information.
If for some reason we cannot contact your insurance company, you can pay for the treatment out-of-pocket, and your insurance company can reimburse you. The amount covered by insurance can vary depending on the type of treatment and the type of insurance that you have. Our staff will determine your out-of-pocket costs and, if necessary, help you secure financing. We will always communicate the total out-of-pocket cost before any exam or treatment is performed.
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