Many patients think they have to wait until regular office hours to get help during a dental emergency. At Smiles of Springfield, we offer same day emergency dentistry appointments for our patients of record during most dental emergencies. For new patients, we will do our utmost to provide appointments for urgent dental needs on the day they call. If we’re ever unable to see new or returning patients on the day they contact us, we’ll walk through first aid and pain management over the phone. If you ever feel that your dental emergency is life threatening, please proceed to your nearest emergency room or contact emergency services for help. Our team will be happy to work with emergency medical professionals to ensure the complete restoration of your smile once we’re sure your life is no longer at risk.
We urge you to contact our team even if you don’t think your situation will require immediate care. It’s always best to seek dental treatment right away to halt the advance of oral health concerns, so we can provide the most conservative and effective treatment options. Some of the most common dental emergencies we treat include:
One of our team members will be happy to answer your questions and walk you through caring for your smile over the phone, during dental emergencies. However, some basics you can keep in mind include:
In most cases, dental emergencies are unavoidable. However, you can take some preventive steps to reduce your risk for unnecessary oral health emergencies. Always wear a mouthguard when playing sports where teeth may come in contact with other players, sports equipment, or hard surfaces to avoid potential trauma. Ask about nightguards if you experience nighttime teeth grinding or clenching known as bruxism. Discontinue biting habits like nail, ice, or pencil chewing. Perhaps the most important way to avoid oral health issues is to brush teeth twice a day and floss daily. You should also visit our caring dentist and team every six months for dental checkups and teeth cleanings.