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Emergency Dentist – Arnold, MO

Fast Care to Get Your Smile Back on Track

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When you’re considering dental care providers for your family, you’re going to want to choose someone who will be there for you when it really counts. If you find yourself in the middle of a dental emergency, JL Dental is here for Arnold families with same-day urgent care. If treated quickly enough, many dental emergencies can be prevented from turning into more complex problems that require more extensive treatment in the future. Use this page as a guide whenever you’re experiencing an oral health emergency, and then call our office as soon as you can.

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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If something feels wrong, there’s a good chance that there is. Whenever you need help in the midst of a dental emergency, our team is just a phone call away to guide you through first-aid. We’ve also provided some helpful tips to help ease your pain and reduce the risk of damage while you’re on your way to our office.


Toothaches can be caused by a variety of issues, including something as non-severe as a lodged popcorn kernel or an issue as serious as a tooth infection. If you believe it could be food, try gently dislodging the debris with dental floss. If your pain still persists, you can take an over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen to make you more comfortable.

Chipped/Broken Tooth

Less severe dental damage like a small chip doesn’t require immediate attention, but it is important to address in a timely fashion. For more serious trauma, immediately contact our office to schedule an appointment and retrieve any pieces of your teeth from the floor. To help with any pain or swelling, you can apply a cold compress to your cheek.

Knocked-Out Tooth

If your tooth has been knocked out, be sure to visit our office within the hour to increase the chances that we’ll be able to replant your tooth in its socket. When you go to pick up your tooth off the ground, be sure to only handle it by the biting surface. To keep it moist, you can place it in a bag of milk or saltwater. Don’t forget to bring your tooth with you to your appointment.

Lost Filling/Crown

Damaged or lost restorations should be addressed in a timely manner to prevent any additional issues from occurring, such as a tooth infection. As a temporary solution, you can reattach your filling or crown by using a small amount of toothpaste of denture adhesive. However, you’ll need to visit our office as soon as possible to either replace or repair your restoration.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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The best way to prevent dental emergencies is to be mindful of your surroundings, keep up with your at-home dental hygiene, and regularly visit our office for checkups and cleanings. If you play any sports or participate in activities that can put your mouth at risk, be sure to wear a protective mouthguard. The same solution applies if you grind and clench your teeth every night, putting them at risk of becoming severely damaged.

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

Depending on the treatment you need, the price of your emergency dental visit can vary. Unfortunately, we can’t provide you with a price over the phone because we haven’t been able to conduct a visual examination yet. However, once you come in, we’ll be able to walk you through a treatment plan and discuss prices and dental insurance coverage with you.

Dental Emergency FAQ’s

In a perfect world, you’d never have to worry about having a dental emergency. Unfortunately, one can happen when you least expect it. The last thing you want is to be caught unprepared. To prevent this from happening, we’ve compiled a list of the top questions patients have most frequently asked in the past about dental emergencies. By providing expert answers, our goal is to help you be as prepared as possible when a problem strikes. But, you’re not on your own; if you’re confronted with a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to contact us to receive the care you need!

How can I be sure I’m having a dental emergency?

Most dental emergencies will fit into one of the following scenarios:

  • You’ve noticed painful swelling.
  • A tooth has completely dislodged.
  • You have one or more teeth loose.
  • You have a loose or missing crown or filling.
  • You’re experiencing intense tooth or gum pain.
  • Your gums frequently bleed, and you have a constant sour taste in your mouth.
  • Your tooth has abscessed, which means you have a bad infection that has caused pus to collect.

For either of these situations, you should immediately reach out to our office.

If the symptoms subside, do I still need to visit the dentist?

Even if the symptoms related to your dental emergency temporarily dissipate, it’s still vital for you to seek treatment. Therefore, you won’t have to worry about the problem becoming worse in the future and requiring more complex forms of care, or even resulting in tooth loss. Furthermore, by taking swift action, you can prevent any unnecessary suffering and save money.

Will I be able to prevent the same type of emergency happening in the future?

We understand that the best form of treatment is always preventive care. Therefore, once your oral health is restored to normal, your emergency dentist will provide some helpful guidelines on how to avoid similar situations in the future. The more proactive you are moving forward, the better your oral health will be.

Will the treatment put an end to my pain?

One of the reasons that we encourage you to contact us at the first signs of a dental emergency is so you can limit the amount of pain you have to endure. The sooner we can examine you and address the problem, the less complex the treatment will need to be.

Ultimately, having the issue directly addressed is a way to alleviate your discomfort and start the recovery and maintenance of your oral health.

Will my dental insurance cover the cost of emergency dental care?

A key advantage of maintaining dental insurance is the peace-of-mind that comes along with knowing that, in the event of a dental emergency, you have some benefits available. While all plans differ, you can usually count on having a portion of your emergency dental care covered. So that you can receive the maximum of what your plan has to offer, one of our friendly staff members will be glad to file your claim. Therefore, you’ll have one less thing to worry about.