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
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.
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
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
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.
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What Factors Can Influence the Cost of Emergency Care?
There are a number of factors that can influence the cost of treating a dental emergency, including:
- Location of dental office: In areas where the cost of living tends to be higher, the cost of dental services may also be a bit on the higher side. Dr. Moreland always strives to keep prices fair for residents of greater St. Louis in the Town and Country area.
- Dental insurance: Most PPO dental insurance plans cover at least 50% of the cost of emergency treatment, up to the amount of the plan’s annual maximum. Our team will do our best to help you maximize your benefits.
- Type of restorative treatment: Some treatments are fairly straightforward and come with a lower price than more complex procedures.
- The type of sedation used: Some patients opt to forgo sedation and stick with local anesthesia in order to keep their out of pocket costs as low as possible.
Your Financial Options
Dr. Moreland believes that emergency oral care at a “dentist near me” should be accessible for everyone. That is why we:
- Are happy to work with most PPO insurance plans. Even though we are only in-network with Delta Dental, Guardian Dental, and Cigna, we can also help patients take advantage of out of network savings.
- Work with CareCredit to offer financing. CareCredit offers numerous plans, including some that are completely interest-free. Depending on the plan you choose, you could have your treatment completely paid off within a matter of months.
- Are always upfront about pricing. We strive to always be candid about the costs associated with treatment. Our straightforward estimates can give you a clear idea of how your procedure may affect your budget.
The Importance of Seeking Prompt Treatment
We understand that the cost of emergency oral surgery may be a cause for concern. However, it is in your best interests to seek prompt treatment. Not only will your fast action help to preserve your oral health and end your pain, but it could also save you money. That’s because the longer you delay treatment, the worse a dental problem may become. The worse it becomes, the more it may cost to fix.
For example, ignoring signs of an infection in a wisdom tooth could allow the infection to spread and cause serious damage to your jawbone. The nearby teeth may also be adversely affected. Seeking professional help as soon as you notice a problem is the wise course of action for both your well-being and your budget.
Emergency Oral Surgeon FAQ’s
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!