Emergency Dentistry

Emergency dentistry in Edwardsville, IL

There is never a convenient time for a dental emergency to strike. Trauma to your teeth is often associated with a level of pain that can make normal daily functioning all but impossible. In such cases, Edwardsville Family Dentist will prioritize the alleviation of your pain and ensure that the situation doesn't become worse in the future. You will appreciate Dr. Moody's expertise and calming bedside manner, and will find that we work quickly and efficiently when you need us the most.

What qualifies as a dental emergency?

There are so many things that can cause you to need emergency dental service. Teeth can be cracked, knocked loose, or lost altogether due to physical trauma sustained playing sports or biting into a hard food. Tooth infections and abscesses that have long gone untreated can also present sudden complications. Perhaps you simply have a severe toothache, and you're not at all sure what the cause might be. In any case, it is vital that you seek out professional medical attention so as to prevent further damage or pain escalation. Edwardsville Family Dentist has a variety of techniques at our disposal that can effectively treat dental emergencies. Take a look below.

Fillings

For patients with minor cracks, breaks or cavities, we can restore teeth using composite fillings. This tooth colored-restoration blends in naturally with the rest of your smile, and can usually be done in a minimally invasive manner.

Crowns

When your tooth has suffered a deep crack or fracture, a crown may be the best option to restore integrity. Crowns are very durable and can nowadays be quite invisible, blending in with the surrounding teeth while providing excellent reinforcement of the tooth below. With dental crowns, the root is left in place.

Root canal therapy

The term "root canal" is often associated with a painful procedure to stop painful infections of the pulp and nerve endings. Thankfully, with modern dentistry this is no longer the case at all! This treatment can often be completed in one or two visits to the dentist, and the experience is often compared to a routine filling. Fully grown teeth no longer need the pulp, as they can be adequately nourished by the surrounding tissues, allowing you to continue to make full normal use of the tooth.

Extractions

Sometimes the damage to a tooth is too great to be saved. In order to preserve the surrounding teeth and tissues, an extraction must be performed. While this may sound scary, Dr. Moody uses only the most gentle methods, and recovery is usually quite speedy. There are a variety of options for dental implants, so no one will ever be able to tell that you had a tooth removed!
When faced with a dental emergency, call us at (618) 659-0456!
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