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Emergency Oral Surgeon – St. Louis, MO

Erasing Your Oral Pain

Oral emergencies always seem to happen at the most inconvenient and stressful times. Not only do they typically result in pain and discomfort, but in most cases, they can interrupt your daily life. If you have a lodged wisdom tooth or a fractured jaw that requires emergency dental surgery, be sure to contact our office today. Our team will provide you with over-the-phone first-aid guidance and schedule an appointment for as soon as possible with Dr. Stewart Moreland.

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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In the case of a dental emergency, you should always contact your local specialist to schedule an appointment for as soon as possible. As you’re making your way to our office, you can ease your pain and reduce your risk of experiencing additional damage by following some of these tips.

A Fractured Jawbone

If you have fractured or broken your jaw due to trauma, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon can diagnose and fix the issue. Going to a specialist will allow you to get the necessary treatment to allow you to continue chewing and speaking with ease. In some cases, you may require medical attention due to other injuries caused by the facial trauma first.

Gum Injuries

If you have experienced any type of severe damage or injury to your gums caused by oral health problems or forced trauma, your oral and maxillofacial surgeon can address and fix the issue. Be sure to never directly place aspirin on the injured area, because this could burn it.

Wisdom Tooth Pain

Not every person has wisdom teeth, but patients who do often need to have them removed due to them being impacted. When this happens, it can cause severe pain and even misalignment of your other teeth. When your oral surgeon removes them, you have a less-likely chance of developing an infection or other issues.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

person with wisdom tooth pain

While there’s no way to completely avoid oral emergencies, there are some precautionary measures you can take to reduce your risk of experiencing one. Here are some tips to keep you from needing emergency oral surgery:

  • Wear a mouthguard while playing sports or participating in any activity that could result in facial trauma.
  • Maintain a regular and thorough oral hygiene routine.
  • Get regular dental checkups every six months.
  • Remove wisdom teeth if they’re putting your oral health at risk.

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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The cost of treating your dental emergency depends on your unique situation and the treatment it requires. After your oral surgeon examines your mouth and diagnoses the issue, they will lay out a customized treatment plan and discuss any factors that could alter the price with you. At Stewart E. Moreland D.M.D., L.L.C., we are an in-network provider with Delta Dental and Guardian Dental and also offer additional financing through CareCredit.

Emergency Oral Surgeon FAQ’s

Woman with pain who needs oral surgeon

If you’re curious about emergency oral surgery, you’ve come to the right place. Dr. Stewart E. Moreland, an experienced oral surgeon, wants all his patients to have the information they need to feel confident in their treatments. That’s why he’s included the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about emergency oral surgery. Read on to learn about how he can help you smile when you need it most!

What Are the Signs of Dental Implant Failure?

Dental implants have a high success rate, however it is still possible for them to fail. You may be experiencing dental implant failure if you notice signs like:

  • Inflammation in the tissue around the implant
  • Gum recession
  • Difficulty chewing and eating
  • Pain around the implant
  • Loose or shifted implant

Contact our office right away if you notice any of these symptoms. It’s important that you seek treatment as soon as possible to get back to smiling. The sooner you can visit our office, the more likely it is that your dental implant can be saved. 

Is a Loose Dental Implant an Emergency?

If your dental implant feels loose, you should schedule an appointment at our office as soon as possible. Dr. Moreland will examine your smile and make any adjustments if necessary. Typically, when a dental implant feels loose, it’s the restoration or abutment and not the implant itself. However, if the dental implant is loose, you will need treatment right away, which is why it’s important to visit our office immediately no matter the case.

Can a Loose Dental Implant Be Saved?

In many cases of loose implants, it’s actually the restoration that has loosened and not the implant itself. Your restoration can be easily tightened, leaving your dental implant unharmed. However, it is possible for your dental implant to become loose due to trauma, injury, failure, or infection. For any of these issues, you should come in to see Dr. Moreland right away. If your implant cannot be saved, we will need to remove it and wait for the bone to heal before replacing it.

How Do I Know if I Have a Wisdom Tooth Infection?

The most common symptom of wisdom tooth infection is pain, which may show up as sensitivity or throbbing. You may also have an abscess, which is a bump that resembles a pimple near the wisdom tooth. This infection produces pain that you can feel in your head and jaw, plus you may notice signs of swelling around the affected area.

Can I Get Emergency Wisdom Tooth Removal?

If there is an infection, or you’re experiencing pain in your wisdom teeth, you should seek help immediately. Contact our office to get treatment as soon as possible and relieve your pain. Usually, dental problems will only get worse if left untreated, which is why it’s important to call us if you notice any pain or warning signs of infection.

For any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office today!