Emergency Dental Care for Independence, Blue Springs & Lee's Summit
During a dental emergency, the most important factor is time. The faster you can get treatment, the more successful that treatment is likely to be. For this reason, it's always best to be prepared beforehand. Keep our contact information somewhere accessible, including the emergency after-hours number for your dentist. Call us immediately in an emergency. And read the rest of this page for important tips about handling different dental emergencies.
19501 E US Highway 40
Independence, MO 64055
Phone: (816) 839-7004
Dr. Lauren Carr: (816) 797-9619
Dr. John LaBarca: (816) 224-4977
Dr. Michael Lear: (816) 533-4750
Dr. Pamela Pogson: (816) 224-0744
Dr. Aaron Sharky: (816) 309-0524
Dr. James VanBiber: (816) 210-8750 or (816) 795-9910
Dr. Matt Wiley: (816) 813-2538
What to do in case of…
Use a cold compress on your face near the injury.
Find the tooth if possible.
DO NOT touch the tooth root. Pick it up by the crown (the normally-visible part of the tooth).
Rinse the tooth with saliva, saline, or milk—NOT plain water. There are also commercially available tooth-saving solutions designed for this purpose.
If you can, place the adult tooth back into its socket. DO NOT attempt to replace a baby tooth.
If you can't put the tooth back where it came from, keep it in the fluid you used to rinse it (NOT water).
Get to our office or another dentist as quickly as possible. The sooner you come to us, the more likely we'll be able to save the tooth.
Schedule an appointment ASAP.
Monitor the area for the duration of pain and the presence of swelling.
Use an over-the-counter painkiller to control discomfort.
NEVER ignore a toothache—especially if it gets worse, then suddenly goes away. This can indicate the death of the tooth nerve, but the infection is still active.
Broken or displaced tooth
Evaluate the extent of the damage.
Minimal damage, no pain: Not a dental emergency. Avoid placing strain on the tooth (chewing hard objects like ice, etc.) and bring it up with your doctor at the next visit.
Exposed dentin, no pain: See us within 48 hours.
Exposed dentin, painful or sensitive: Come to our office ASAP.
Exposed pulp: Identifiable by visible red within the tooth. Come to our office ASAP, within 24 hours at the most. The tooth is in danger of additional infection.
Root fracture: Not visible, but identifiable by serious, increasing pain, particularly under temperature changes or pressure. Come to our office immediately.
Tooth concussion or displacement: the tooth is loose and may be moved from its usual place.
Call us immediately and come straight to our office.
Dental Excellence provides emergency dental care to Independence, Lees Summit, and Blue Springs. Call us for an emergency or if you have any questions.