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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

oral surgeon looking at a dental X-ray

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

oral surgeon pointing to a jaw joint

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.