Dental Emergency Appointments Available at the Offices of Thomas L. Anderson, DDS and Associates



We’re only three months into 2020 and finding ourselves facing a serious situation as the pandemic known as COVID – 19 sweeps across the globe. It is extremely important to take the necessary preventative measures (such as washing your hands, limiting physical contact with each other and social distancing) and to stay on top of recent developments regarding this health crisis.

However, for those in need of dental care during this time, please be assured that the offices of Thomas L. Anderson, DDS and Associates will remain open and are accepting emergency dental appointments.

As we are following the recommendations of the American Dental Association (ADA) during the COVID-19 outbreak, it is recommended that dentists across the country postpone all non-essential dental services until further notice.


Emergency Dental Appointments: Essential vs. Non-Essential Treatments

If you have visited our website or read any previous blog entries, you will know that there are three different types of dental services that we provide including, preventative, restorative, and cosmetic based procedures. While there is a certain degree of overlap between some of the procedures, to reduce any unnecessary health risks for both our patients and staff, we will only be offering essential treatments until further updates from the ADA.


Avoid Dental Emergencies

While we can’t prevent every tooth-related issue, knowing some prevention methods for dental emergencies can be very helpful. To help prevent injury:

  • Wear a mouth guard when participating in sports or recreational activities
  • Do not use your teeth to open items – use scissors instead
  • Avoid chewing on hard food items such as hard candies, popcorn kernels, and ice

In-depth information on the types of dental emergencies and injuries according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.


Signs of a Dental Emergency

Our goal is to fix any dental emergency as soon as possible and get you back on your feet and out of pain. Accidents can happen, and quick action and knowledge of dental emergencies can easily save a tooth! Make sure to give us a call at Adams Dental as soon as you experience the signs of a dental emergency.

Learn more from this Dental Emergency FAQ.

Check out our previous blog post, Dental Emergency: 6 Reasons You Need Dental Emergency Care for more information on dental emergencies, symptoms, treatments, and more. As a quick recap from that post, it’s important to take your oral health seriously, and get treatment quickly for any dental emergency in order to prevent further issues down the line. A few examples of common dental emergencies are:

  • Toothaches
  • Loosening teeth
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Bitter, metallic taste in the mouth
  • Bitten tongue, lip, or cheek
  • Broken or painful jaw


Other Reasons for needing emergency dental care:

  • Knocked Out Tooth
  • Partially Dislodged Tooth
  • Abscess
  • Lost Filling
  • Lost Crown

Related Article from WebMD: Handling Dental Emergencies

You may not be able to anticipate when a dental emergency will happen; however, you can rest assured that you will receive swift expert emergency care when you call our office.

While these signs are often correlated to a dental emergency, there are other signs and symptoms to also be aware of that aren’t as sudden or apparent. Symptoms such as prolonged pain, or a swollen jaw are major indicators that something isn’t right, even if they do seem more subtle.

  • Prolonged toothache
  • Jaw pain or swelling
  • Sore gums
  • Metal taste in the mouth
  • Canker sore that will not heal
  • Numb tooth
  • Constant headaches
  • Extreme tiredness


Related Articles:

Act Quickly in the Case of a Dental Emergency

Let’s Talk About Toothaches: Are You Afraid of Root Canals?

5 FAQS About A Broken Tooth

What Causes Toothache Pain?


The Importance of Treating Quickly

Treating oral pain and issues early on is the key to a successful recovery. That’s why we stick to our same day emergency policy, making sure all patients get the quick care they need in time to catch and fix the problem swiftly. Delaying emergency dental care can cause greater oral issues down the line. For example, ignoring ongoing pain in your jaw could cause more intensive treatment down the line, such as a tooth extraction or root canal.

If you’re unsure if your situation or pain level requires immediate, emergency care, please give us a call and we can discuss the best options for your health. No one likes an unnecessary trip, so we will work together to make sure your problem needs immediate attention and get you in our office at your earliest convenience if needed.


We’re All in This Together!

Although we will be temporarily suspending certain services, please remember that if you require any emergency dental procedures, you will be able to receive the care you need at our office. It is important that you receive the necessary care as oral health problems will worsen if left untreated.

You may not be able to anticipate when a dental emergency will happen; however, you can rest assured that you will receive swift expert emergency care when you call our office.

From all of us at the offices of Thomas L. Anderson, DDS and Associates, we would like to thank you all for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented situation. We will be keeping a close eye on the situation as it progresses.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office.

Contact us today to schedule your dental appointment and meet with our skilled dentists at one of our three conveniently located dental office locations within the Kansas City area, including Lee’s Summit / Independence, the Country Club Plaza and Downtown Kansas City. The gentle dentists and expert team at Thomas L. Anderson and Associates look forward to working with you to treat your dental emergency, achieve proper oral health and a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime. If you have any questions about your dental insurance benefits, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We are happy to review your policy! Please give us a call today to schedule an appointment and become part of our dental family.