At Family and Cosmetic Dentistry – Dr. James L. Schmidt & Associates in St. Louis, MO we see our fair share of dental emergencies, and yet so many of them were avoidable. Though we do offer emergency dental care to our patients, we also encourage them to discover some fast and effortless ways to avoid a dental emergency if possible.

As your trusted dentist in St. Louis, we are glad to be your “go to” emergency dentist, too. You can call us or contact us during regular business hours or via our online form, but why not take these tips to avoid the most common reasons our patients suffer a dental emergency.

Using the teeth in the wrong ways

We get a lot of dental emergency calls for broken teeth. If you do break off a tooth, try to find it, and put it in some milk before calling us. While we cannot always mend the tooth, we can easily use restorative dentistry to give a functional and cosmetically appealing solution. However, always keep in mind that you should avoid using your teeth to open things, bite hard or very sticky foods, or leaving them unprotected when playing contact sports (we make many kinds of mouth guards available).

Avoiding regular exams and cleanings

We also get many dental emergency calls for extreme dental pain. For the most part, this is easily avoided by general dental visits and ongoing care. We totally understand dental anxiety and offer sedation dentistry just for that reason. By allowing light decay to spread, it can harm a tooth and cause amazing pain, but is avoidable with a regular schedule of visits.

Doing things that could result in dental injury without a guard

We make mouth guards for all kinds of reasons. Many of our emergencies involve patients who have broken or lost teeth and are suffering soft tissue damage from a fall or injury sustained during an outdoor activity. Simply wearing the guard would have protected them from a lot of pain.

Of course, one thing to keep in mind is that panic does not help you during a dental emergency. If there is blood and soft tissue damage involved, we suggest an emergency room first. We can always do restorative work, and your general health is the most critical issue.

Contact Our St. Louis Dentist for Your Dental Emergency

Do you have questions about our emergency care? If so, give us a call at our St. Louis, MO office at 314-968-7979. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.