Emergency Info

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Your Go-To Guide for Tooth and Oral Emergencies

Tooth and oral pain can be a real headache, not only are they uncomfortable to live with, but also because most dental offices are only open from nine-to-five, Monday through Friday. If you're dealing with a mouth emergency after hours, our Florissant family dentist has a few tips to help you work through the pain and even manage to find comfort. 


Begin by cleaning around the affected area and rinsing with warm salt water. Swish the mixture around in your mouth a few times to try and dislodge the cause of the pain (likely a food particle). A cold compress and acetaminophen may help relieve the pain and swelling temporarily. However, if the pain persists for more than a few days, contact your emergency dentist in Florissant right away.

Broken or Knocked Out Tooth 

If you break a tooth, rinse the tooth with warm water and contact your dentist right away. If an entire tooth falls out, pick up the tooth by the crown, not the root, rinse it with water and place the root back into the socket. Hold it there until you arrive at your dentist's office. If you cannot get the tooth back into the socket, place it in a cup of milk and seek dental care immediately. 

Cut or Bitten Lip, Cheek or Tongue

A cut lip, cheek or tongue can be uncomfortable, but usually doesn’t constitute a dental emergency. If you are in discomfort, apply ice to the hurt area, or gauze if you are bleeding. The mouth will bleed for a while, but if it doesn't stop with pressure within 15 minutes, head to your local emergency room. 

Canker Sores

A canker sore is another ailment that does not necessarily constitute a dental emergency but can result in discomfort and pain. At home remedies such as gurgling with salt water should help, but if it doesn't, ask your Florissant family dentist to recommend an over-the-counter medication or to prescribe something a bit stronger. 

Bleeding When Baby Tooth Falls Out

Your child shouldn't bleed when his or her baby tooth falls out, but if it does, apply a gauze over the area. If the bleeding doesn't stop within 15 minutes, contact your dentist right away. 

Contact Our Team 

If you're dealing with a dental emergency, contact our emergency dentist in Florissant right away. We are prepared to help you through your emergency quickly and as painless as possible. Call 314-921-0070 or contact us online.


  • PAUL S. HERRIN, D.D.S. - 395 Derhake Rd., Florissant, MO 63031 Phone: 314-921-0070 Fax: 314-921-7506

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