Dental emergencies here are a big deal. We take them very seriously. If something were to happen during the day, during the evening, you can always get a hold of one of the doctors. It's not a service. You call here to the office. You get one of our numbers and talk to us directly. If it's a, and we can usually deal with it over the phone, or if we have to come up in the evening or come over the weekend. We do whatever we need to do.
If it's during office hours, rarely is it not something that we don't see that patient that day. If it is something that has to be seen the next day, it's something that can wait until the next day. We're very good about getting people in, getting them taken care of, and get them out of pain. Get their front tooth fixed if there's an issue because those are things that need to be addressed. As far as emergencies go and getting in and getting treatment or talking to someone right away, even if it's just a question over the phone that needs to be answered just to ease your mind, those have been pretty much like that. That's how we handle most emergencies.
What does a dental emergency look like?
The technical definition of a dental emergency is any situation that is an immediate threat to the life of your tooth. This can come in various forms. Here are some examples of dental emergencies we see in our Leawood, KS office:
- Cracked Tooth – The severity of the crack, as well as the amount of pain it causes you, will determine if this is an emergency dental situation or just a situation that you need to schedule an appointment for as soon as you can. If you crack your tooth, call us at 913-298-6131, and we will help you work through what your next steps should be.
- Broken Tooth – A broken tooth is dangerous. It exposes the inner part of your tooth to the bacteria that is always present in your mouth, and it runs the risk of damaging the nerve and pulp inside your tooth. Call us immediately, and we will get your tooth taken care of as quickly as possible.
- Infected Tooth – Infections anywhere in your body are a big deal. An infection in your mouth can damage not just one of your teeth but all of the teeth nearby. Call us right away if you feel pain in or near a tooth and find out what you need to do next to keep your smile safe.
- Dislodged Tooth – Time is not on your side with a dislodged tooth. The longer it is out of your mouth, the less likely it is that we will be able to save it. With this in mind, it is probably best that you call us right before you make your way to the office.
Can I get a same-day dental emergency appointment?
For dental emergencies, we always try to see a patient same day. We'll do ... we'll move their schedule around. We want to see a patient same day if there is a true dental emergency. Another thing that we do is that we don't have another business that we send our emergency calls to. One of the doctors will always be on call, so whether that's in the evenings, weekends, holidays, whenever it is, one of our doctors is on call, so that's who you'll see. There won't be a relay of phone calls, of playing phone tag, we will come in to see you for any emergency that you have.
What should I do if I need help after hours?
We always have a number you can call. Each of our dentists answer their phone calls after hours. You can get expert advice on how to proceed and how to give your smile the best chance to survive.
What should I do if I have a tooth knocked out?
Example I had a mother call me on a weekend. Her child fell, hit the mouth on monkey bar, within an hour we were both in the office. I had an assistant in the office and we bonded that tooth back on. It was an eight year old girl. We always try our best to see a patient on the same day or at least on the next day, depending on the time frame or what time it is.
If they are in pain, my number one concern is to get a patient out of pain. If you call and in your are in pain you would be seen that day. I may not get to do everything under the sun on you but I will get you out of pain. That is the number one priority and we have multiple ways of being able to do that.
If you aren’t in a dental emergency and you don’t want to call to schedule your appointment, you can use our online form to schedule your appointment anytime.