What is a Dental Emergency?
If you’re experiencing any of the following conditions, consider it a dental emergency and call our office to get scheduled as soon as possible.
- Pain and swelling
- Accidental tooth damage or loss
- Loosened tooth
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Injury to the teeth or gums
- Chipped or fractured tooth
- Lost filling, crown or other dental restoration mouth.
What to Do
- Keep the injured area clean with warm water;
- Schedule an emergency dental appointment. With some dental conditions, time is of the essence – the sooner you’re seen, the greater likelihood of restoring teeth and their function.
- Sometimes, just speaking with your dental provider by phone can determine if the injury is serious.
- If the emergency occurs at night, please go to the Emergency Room. Although bear in mind that they’re not set up for dental procedures, but can help with emergency situations, such as profuse bleeding.
Why See An Experienced Provider For Your Dental Emergency?
Some dental emergencies, such as tooth loss due to decay or accident, require expertise and experience to recommend an optimal course of treatment. In such a case, a dental implant may be the best tooth replacement option immediately after extraction. Waiting can often lead to further expense.
Dr. Peter J. Pagano has over forty years experience in surgical procedures and treating emergency conditions. His advanced training in Restorative, Cosmetic, Orthopedic and Dental Implant Dentistry and board-certification in Oral Implantology enable him to diagnose, advise and treat nearly every emergency dental situation.
Dr. Peter J. Pagano has over forty years’ experience in all dental procedures and utilizes state-of- the-art technology in a serene setting.
Try to keep loose teeth in place and immobile. Gently push them in the gums by holding the top of the tooth (the crown). Once the teeth are in place, try biting down on a piece of fabric, such as a hand towel, to help keep them immobile. Loose teeth can expose sensitive nerves at the roots of the teeth, which can result in tooth loss, so it is important to keep loose teeth in the gums, clean, and immobile and to get treatment as soon as possible.
Chipped, Cracked, or Broken Teeth
Sometimes chipped, cracked, or broken teeth can seem like only a cosmetic issue, but long-term negative effects are possible, especially if the center of the tooth, the pulp, has been exposed. The amount of pain associated with the injured teeth is a good way to determine if the pulp is exposed. A serious tooth fracture can lead to infection, which can cause problems in the whole body, not just the mouth. A phone call to the office at 314-576-3000 can help determine whether the injury is minor or an emergency.
Knocked Out Teeth
Like loose teeth, it’s important to place teeth that have been knocked out back in the gums by holding the top of the tooth, also known as the crown. If the tooth is dirty, clean it with warm water but avoid any cleaning agents or anti-bacterial washes, as the nerves and cells on the bottom of the tooth can be easily damaged and killed. Bite down softly on a towel to keep the tooth immobile and get to the dentist as soon as you can. It is possible to save teeth that have been knocked out if treated quicky enough.
Teeth and Mouth Pain
Pain is a sign that there is something wrong. Intense pain may be an indication of infection or that sensitive nerves have been exposed. Sometimes pain can radiate through the entire mouth and jaw and make it difficult to tell exactly what’s causing it. Headaches and fevers associated with dental problems should be taken seriously, as they may be caused by infection that can affect the entire body.
Bleeding and Swelling
Bleeding and swelling can be caused by injury and infection. Keep the gums clean with warm water. Avoid any cleaning agents if the nerves of the teeth are exposed due to loose or broken teeth, as the agents may damage the inner nerves of the teeth.
Your Emergency Visit: What to Expect
Dr. Pete’s objective in an emergency situation is to:
- Get you out of pain;
- Save your teeth.
- Perform a thorough exam using state-of- the-art technology.
- Advise as to the best course of treatment. Dr. Pete’s to save your tooth and only recommend treatment you actually need.
- Extract your tooth only if necessary.
- If your tooth is broken and needs to be extracted, he’ll replace it with an immediate dental implant and crown.
- He’ll get you out of pain.
Our serene office and competent team will put you at ease. We’re a highly rated St. Louis dental provider experienced in performing all dental procedures. We’ll do everything possible to work you into our schedule as quickly as possible. Our office utilizes state-of- the-art technology with a seasoned dentist in a comfortable environment where our patients are treated with integrity. Read our reviews. Our mission is to get you out of pain with minimal treatment and trauma and get you the dental care you need. Dr Peter J. Pagano has been in practice for 40 years and is experienced in all procedures.
Our of town visitors welcome.
When is it Too Late to Save Teeth?
If injured teeth or infected gums result in teeth loss, several methods for restoring teeth function and healthy gums are available. It’s never too late to rehabilate a smile. New technology and techniques make it easier than ever to restore healthy gums and damaged teeth. Dr. Pagano can go over the options available.
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Location & Address
We are located in West County, off of Interstate 270, Olive Boulevard exit. Go West off the exit, and on your second left is a shopping center with TGI Fridays. We are in that center, next to La Bonne Bouchee.
12334 Olive Boulevard
Creve Coeur, MO 63141
Monday: 11:30 – 7:00
Tuesday: 10:30 – 6:00
Wednesday: 9:30 – 6:00
Thursday: 8:30 – 3:00
Friday: Open 1 Friday each month from 8:30 – 3:00 for patient treatment. Open every Friday from 9:00-1:00 for patient inquiries and scheduling.
Saturday: Open 1 Saturday each month from 8:30 – 3:00 for patient treatment