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While a simple toothache may seem benign, the truth is that a toothache isn’t something you want to take lightly. It’s your mouth’s way of telling you to that something isn’t right and to take a closer look. While a minor toothache may not be considered a dental emergency, a sudden and unexplainable one needs to be treated very quickly.

Here’s a deep dive into Common Dental Emergencies.

With National Toothache Day approaching quickly on Feb. 9, 2022, we thought we’d chat about toothaches and all things dental emergency. It’s a great day to remember that your oral health is so important for a happy, healthy life!

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What is a Dental Emergency?

A dental emergency is identified as anything that requires immediate dental care. Whether it is to stop incessant bleeding, save a tooth, treat a dire infection, or decrease severe discomfort, urgent care is needed. Some of the most common dental emergencies are pain resulting from inflammation and broken teeth.

Whatever the cause of acute oral discomfort you are experiencing in the Lee’s Summit area, emergency dental care is available at Premier Dental. If you are experiencing pain or you are uncertain whether your situation requires immediate attention or not, consider the information below to help you choose a correct course of action.

Emergencies stem from a variety of causes and dental professionals can provide the necessary care. Receiving an assessment and subsequent treatment for the diagnosis is crucial to your recovery.

Related Article: Emergency Dental Care is available at Premier Dental

The Nine Most Common Dental Emergencies We See

  1. Swollen Jaw/Mouth: If your mouth or jaw swells for no apparent reason, visit us immediately. It could be irritation, infection, lymph nodes, or something else.
  2. Unexplainable Toothache: If you have a sudden, out-of-the-blue toothache, it’s important to reach out quickly to discover the source of the pain. While over-the-counter pain meds and a cold compress can help temporarily, it’s good to get to the source of the pain sooner rather than later; your odds of a minor fix will be much greater the faster you see your dentist.
  3. Bleeding or Swollen Gums: Some minor bleeding or irritation here and there is usually just fine and not concerning. However, if your gums won’t stop bleeding and is accompanied with swelling, it can often mean there’s an underlying health or dental issue that needs to be addressed.
  4. Knocked-out Tooth/Teeth: If you’ve ever had a tooth knocked out, you know what a shock that can be. When you act quickly after a tooth has been knocked out, it’s possible that we may be able to reinsert your tooth. Pick up the tooth carefully, try not to touch the root, and gently rinse. Try to reinsert the tooth into the socket, but if you can’t, place in a small container of milk until you see your dentist.
  5. Exposed Nerves: Exposed nerves can be very painful, so see your dentist ASAP to avoid prolonging any intense pain.
  6. Missing Filling: Having a filling that is missing can make the changes of a chipped or cracked tooth much greater because the tooth isn’t being properly supported.
  7. Broken Crown: If a dental crown falls off or completely breaks, it leaves your tooth very vulnerable. Schedule with us quickly to possibly avoid a root canal or extraction.
  8. Food or Object Lodged in Teeth: If an object piece or stubborn piece of food gets lodged, brushing and flossing won’t help. Get professional help quickly to remove the food/object and prevent any decay or irritation.
  9. Abscessed Tooth: A dental abscess is very serious and can even be life threatening, so it’s something to take incredibly seriously. An abscess is a pocket of puss that has led to an infection. It can cause hot/cold sensitivity, a fever, a prolonged toothache, swollen lymph nodes, a pimple-like bump on your gums, and swelling in the face.

Check out some Tips for Dental Emergencies.

Premier Dental Provides Emergency Dental Care

Premier Dental offers many emergency dental services. Should you be experiencing severe, pain, swelling, tooth loss, or any other conditions that require urgent care, contact our office in Lee’s Summit immediately. Our team of experts will work swiftly and meticulously to alleviate pain and solve the issue. If you’re concerned about a dental emergency or have any questions, please give us a call today or contact us to receive reliable emergency dental care.

Related Article: Dr. Stephan Caye, DDS: Your Local Dentist in Lee’s Summit

Dr. Stephan Caye and his friendly, experienced team at Premier Dental offer affordable family dentistry and tooth replacement options in the Lee’s Summit, MO area. Our office is conveniently located off of Highway 50 and SE Blue Parkway. We offer appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At Premier Dental, we provide most dental health services, from family and general dentistry to specialty procedures, including endodontic or root canal treatment, teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, emergency dental care and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Please call us at (816) 600-6330 to schedule an appointment.

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Dental Travel Tips 

Keeping up with your oral health while vacationing or traveling seems simple but with changes in time zone and a busy schedule full of fun activities, it may become difficult to remember to keep your mouth healthy. Here are some of our favorite dental travel tips during your next adventure!  

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Stephen-Caye-DDS-Premier-DentalAt Premier Dental, our personalized touch is revolutionizing the dental experience and will have you forgetting why you were ever “fearful” of the dentist. Our laid-back atmosphere, gentle touch of Dr. Stephan D. Caye, and relaxing amenities will have you looking forward to your next visit.

Unique Approach to Every Single Patient

Dr. Caye doesn’t use a one-size-fits-all approach with his patients, instead he takes the time to work with each and every patient, one-on-one. Each patient needs a different and unique approach to their oral health. Almost all dental procedures can be done in-house at our location, which makes your appointments run smooth, with your best treatment options (made specially for you and your oral health) in mind.

Comprehensive Dentistry

We like offering comprehensive dentistry to our patients. What does that mean? At Premier Dental, you can receive preventive, cosmetic, and restorative treatments all in one location.

  • Preventive Dentistry Treatments often include dental cleanings twice a year and the main goal is to prevent any oral health issues from happening. It’s so important to see your dentist twice a year so they can assess your oral health and provide you with a professional cleaning.
  • Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments are all about enhancing the look and feel of your smile. These treatments are great confidence boosters, and often include our ClearCorrect braces, veneers, etc.
  • Restorative Dentistry Treatments often happen with your oral health needs restored or corrected. Maybe you chipped your tooth, lost a tooth, etc. and may require surgery. Dental crowns, root canals, and dentures are restorative treatments.

We use our advanced technology to provide our patients with state-of-the-art, high-quality care and our friendly staff is committed to providing premium dental care in a comfortable and convenient setting. We offer comprehensive dentistry at Premier Dental. No matter what you’re looking for, we can provide you with various options, ranging from cosmetic, restorative, and preventive. Let’s dive a little deeper…

Cosmetic Services

Cosmetic services are all about achieving that mega-watt, dream smile! Enhancing your smile is what we love to do, and offer braces, retainers, veneers, bonding, re-contouring, and teeth whitening services for you to boost your confidence and your oral health. If you feel dissatisfied with your smile, cosmetic dentistry can help!

According to Web MD, “If you’re not satisfied with your smile, modern cosmetic dentistry can help. This method of professional oral care focuses on improving the appearance of your mouth, teeth, gums, and overall smile. Although it’s not an essential procedure, cosmetic treatment can restore confidence in your smile.”

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A dental emergency is identified as anything that requires immediate dental care. Whether it is to stop incessant bleeding, save a tooth, treat a dire infection, or decrease severe discomfort, urgent care is needed.

Some of the most common dental emergencies are pain resulting from inflammation and broken teeth.

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Emergency Dental Care:  Accidents Happen!

So, imagine if you will, sitting down to enjoy a nice meal with family, or perhaps even playing a friendly game of catch in the backyard, when suddenly it happens! Maybe you take your eye off the ball for just a moment, or maybe you just bite into something that’s a bit too hard. Regardless the result is always the same; the crunching sensation in your mouth, followed by a sharp, stinging pain that seems to reverberate throughout your body. Sure enough, you have just broken a tooth and you need emergency dental care!

In situations such as this, obviously options are limited (particularly on weekends or holidays) and therefore it may seem as though you’re in quite a pickle! Fortunately, we at Premier Dental understand that this sort of thing can happen, and are more than willing to help you in your time of need. Providing emergency dental care is a service we take great pride in providing our patients with, we all know accidents happen so let us help you out!

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