Occasionally a dental emergency arises that requires immediate attention. Below are some common dental emergencies and our recommendations for addressing them. If the tips below do not work, please call us  816-536-9049Dr. Feldhaus is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If we don’t answer immediately, please leave the details of your emergency on our voicemail and we will return your call absolutely as soon as possible.

Tooth Ache
Carefully clean the area around the affected tooth. Rinse the mouth thoroughly with warm salt water or use dental floss to dislodge any food that may be trapped around or between teeth. DO NOT place aspirin or heat on the gum or on the aching tooth. If the face is swollen, apply a cold compress to the area. For temporary pain relief, acetaminophen is recommended. If the pain still persists, contact your dentist as soon as possible.

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek

Apply ice to injured areas to help control swelling. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a gauze or cloth. If bleeding cannot be controlled by simple pressure, call your doctor or visit the hospital emergency room.

Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out
Fold a piece of gauze and place it (tightly) over the bleeding area. Bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes; if bleeding continues, see your dentist.

Knocked Out Baby Tooth

Contact your pediatric dentist during business hours.  This is not usually an emergency, and in most cases, no treatment is necessary

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

If possible, find the tooth. Handle it by the crown, not by the root. You may rinse the tooth with water only. DO NOT clean with soap, scrub or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Inspect the tooth for fractures. If it is sound, try to reinsert it in the socket. Have the patient hold the tooth in place by biting on a piece of gauze. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing the patient’s saliva or milk. If the patient is old enough, the tooth may also be carried in the patient’s mouth (beside the cheek). The patient must see a dentist IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.

Chipped or Fractured Baby Tooth

Contact Dr. Feldhaus.

Chipped or Fractured Permanent Tooth

Contact your pediatric dentist as soon as possible.  Dr. Feldhaus will apply a composite layer over the tooth if it can not be immediately restored right away.  Often, a little time is needed to wait and make sure that the nerve is not killed, requiring endodontic treatment or a root canal.  Once the tooth has settled down, maybe in a week or two, it can be restored with a restoration or crown.

Broken Braces and Wires
If a wire is sharp on the end, it can be covered with wax until you can return to Dr. Feldhaus and have it cut shorter.  If a wire breaks on your braces and is sticking out of the molar band, come in to the office if it is possible.  If it is not possible, the wire can be clipped   with a small, home wire cutter and thrown away.  The wire needs to be clipped close to a nearby bracket.  Return to Dr. Feldhaus at the next possible time to have the wire replaced.
Cold or Canker Sores

A cold sore is caused from a virus and just has to run its course in 7-10 days.  It will usually go away on its own.  No antibiotics are effective in curing it.  Over-the-counter medications will usually provide temporary relief so that a person can eat easier.   If sores persist, visit your dentist.