Dental Emergencies in Chesterfield, MO

Dental emergencies almost always happen when you least expect them.

At Clarkson Dental Group, we want our patients to know that our dental office is one of the safest places to be. We are vigilant about keeping a clean and sterilized office. Even with the recent coronavirus outbreak, if you feel dental pain, don’t hesitate to call us for an appointment. We do our best to see you on the same day.

For the sake of our dental professionals, staff, and other patients, we ask that you not come in if you are feeling sick or have a cough during the pandemic.

At Clarkson Dental Group, we appreciate how sudden and painful a dental emergency can be. Your emergency dentist in Chesterfield, MO, Dr. Scott Mahlin, prioritizes your safety and comfort, and we do everything in our power to provide palliative care, pain relief, and treatment in a clean and sterile environment. 

With pandemics and public health issues part of the new normal, our dental staff would like to disclose the sterilization protocols we implement to keep you and your family secure. We also invite you to contact us in the event of a dental emergency.

Meanwhile, continue reading to learn more about our emergency dentistry in Chesterfield, MO.

When should I brave a public health situation like COVID-19 and book an emergency exam?

At Clarkson Dental Group, we implement the highest standards of cleanliness and sterilization protocols, only using OSHA-approved disinfectants to stop the spread of infectious diseases. Our medical-grade cleaners and disinfectants kill and stop bacteria and viruses.

We use OSHA-approved sterilization techniques before and after every patient. Patients don’t have to worry about picking up the coronavirus from Dr. Mahlin and his dental team. We make sure that all surfaces are cleaned and sterilized in every room dozens of times per day, including common rooms, restrooms, waiting rooms, reception desks, door handles, and treatment rooms. 

Many of our instruments are single-use; once used, we safely dispose of them. 

You can’t always plan for dental emergencies, but we can. We keep our dental offices stocked and ready to treat patients who need our help.

If you are in dental pain, we will do our best to accommodate you immediately. Our safety protocols are in place to protect our patients and dental staff from contracting or spreading coronavirus or any other contagious disease making the rounds. 

It doesn’t matter if you are a current patient or new to Clarkson Dental Group, call us at (636) 537-0065, so we can assess and treat your situation as soon as possible. 

What is a dental emergency?

A dental emergency is any critical, painful, or oral health-threatening dental issue. We see patients for anything from broken teeth to chipped teeth and lost fillings—essentially anything that makes it hard to function, or anything that hurts. Dr. Mahlin will be able to treat you right away in our Chesterfield dental office. 

Please give us a call if you’re not sure of our working hours, or if you have a question. Our helpful front desk staff can provide useful advice and tips on how to handle your situation. 

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What types of dental emergencies do you treat?

Dr. Mahlin is an experienced emergency dentist who can treat a variety of oral health issues, including: 

  • Broken teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Lost dental crowns
  • Lost tooth-colored fillings
  • Tooth pain
  • Bleeding teeth
  • Injury to teeth, including teeth (or tooth) knocked out.  
  • Root infections

If your specific dental emergency isn’t listed here, just give us a call. It’s highly likely that we can treat you.

And in any case, we never want you to wait out a dental emergency and hope things improve on their own. Taking this approach can cost you your tooth, your smile, and your overall wellness.

Remember, your Chesterfield, MO dentist always wants you to enjoy a comfortable smile and have excellent oral health.

If I need a root canal, can it wait?

A root infection can be painful—or become painful—with little warning. Additionally, infections are always a threat to your overall health and wellness. If you have a root infection and require root canal treatment, the therapy definitely should not wait.

A root canal is a straightforward procedure that finds your emergency dentist in Chesterfield numbing the treatment area, excising the infected root and pulp, and closing with a temporary dental filling. You should not feel pain, but you may notice pressure. For a day or two following root canal treatment, you may experience mild soreness, but this is treatable with over-the-counter pain relievers. You can contact our team if you have any unusual post-treatment issues.

At a later appointment, we add a permanent tooth-colored filling or a dental crown to keep the tooth viable. A tooth crown is a tooth-shaped cap that goes over your treated tooth. It is designed to match your smile and prevent tooth breakage.

If you notice any of the signs of a root infection, contact our dental office as soon as possible.

Signs you need a root canal include:

  • Toothache
  • Jaw pain and swelling
  • A bump on the gum

How can I keep my family's smiles safe when we can't book standard cleanings?

If you cannot book your routine dental cleaning and exam, there are plenty of things you and your family can do to keep your smiles healthy and strong. 

  • Diet—The foods and drinks you enjoy can help keep your teeth healthy (strawberries, apples, celery, etc.).
  • Avoid Sodas and Sweets—With the whole family at home during downtime, it can be very tempting to sit around and drink soda and eat cookies—don’t! Keeping your teeth cavity and decay-free depends a lot on what you eat.
  • Hygiene—Don’t slack off on regular brushing and flossing, now especially is a critical time to maintain a daily routine.
  • Hydrate—A vital way to stay healthy—and to keep your teeth disease-free—is to drink plenty of water.
  • Brushing Habits—Time at home together as a family could be used productively. One good thing to do is to work on our brushing and flossing habits.

A lot of dental emergencies can be prevented with good oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings. Please give us a call to pre-book your next dental cleaning. We ask that you do not come in if you or anyone in your family has contracted coronavirus. We are vigilant in keeping our patients and staff safe and healthy. 

If you or your family has a dental emergency, we will work hard to see you as soon as possible. We will be able to provide the tooth pain relief you need. 

Call Us When You Have a Dental Emergency in Chesterfield, MO

Your safety and health are of the utmost importance to us here at Clarkson Dental Group. We are here to help you and your family, so if you are experiencing dental pain, or other oral health changes, please call our Chesterfield dental office today.

We look forward to restoring your oral health and relieving your toothache!