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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Emergency Services

How can we help you?

Do you have questions about your oral health or your treatment recommendations? That is excellent, because you should ask questions about your health!

At Stanford Dental, we consider ourselves your partners, and we’re here to help you make the right decisions for your dental needs. We welcome any questions you have, and we’re happy to answer them.

We’ve gathered a list of some of the questions that we hear the most and provided the answers for you here. If you don’t see your question, we encourage you to call our office and talk with one of our knowledgeable staff members.

Emergency Services

At Stanford Dental, we strive to see our patients at their earliest convenience. In the case of dental emergencies, we promise to get our patients in either same-day or next-day if you are able to work around our schedule. We know that a tooth emergency is never convenient for anyone and always comes at the worst time. That is why we always make sure to have emergency slots available on the schedule, because we want to be there for you when you need us the most.

The last thing we would want is for an existing or new patient to have to wait days without being seen by a dentist. That is why we always make ourselves available to you.

Dr. Stanford’s philosophy has always been to not over-schedule his day with patients on top of each other, which would jeopardize your quality of care. Instead, we carefully protect our schedule to always reserve individual time and care for each of our patients, which helps ensure an excellent interaction every single time. We also consistently run on time, so that is why we are able to accommodate our emergency situations. If you’re willing to work within our schedule, then we are available to see you today!

Dr. Stanford is also always available to be reached by phone by all of his patients. Even during off hours he is able to provide advice and reassurance during emergency situations until you are able to be seen the next working day. We don’t want you to have to deal with that toothache, cracked tooth, or swollen jaw alone.

Treatment Plans Available

We can’t guarantee full treatment on the same day in every case, but we can guarantee peace of mind and a plan in place to treat you as soon as possible. After you have been treated by Dr. James Stanford, we would love to bring you back for a comprehensive dental exam to make sure that no more dental emergencies happen in your future. No matter what, we will always be there for you!


If you lose a filling, don't panic. At Stanford Dental, we see this type of emergency all the time and can see you typically same-day or next-day if needed. Our main recommendation is to call as soon as you're able to schedule an appointment.

There can be different reasons you lose a filling:

  • There could be decay underneath it
  • You could be grinding and clenching your teeth
  • You may have been chewing on something that loosened the bonding

The last thing we would want is for our patients to be in any sort of pain. If the broken filling is sharp or has a rough edge we recommend calling Dr. Stanford right away, so we can get you scheduled to relieve your discomfort. 

Even if it does not hurt, doesn't mean you should wait to call. There could be a bigger underlying issue hiding under the surface of your tooth, like decay. Decay that is not treated only grows bigger, every single time.


The biggest misconception in dentistry is that pain is the main indicator of an emergency. To the contrary, in most cases there is usually no pain until it is too late and the decay has entered the nerve. Remember, decay doesn't usually hurt. 


Our goal at Stanford Dental is to stop decay at its earliest stages of development. Doing this helps prevent our patients from potential future root canals or tooth loss. This is why Dr. Stanford practices Microdentistry at his office.

The philosophy of Microdentistry is to remove as little amount of natural tooth as possible for a patient. Dr. Stanford uses technology like loupes, dyes, air abrasion, the diagnodent, and tooth colored fillings to minimize the amount of natural tooth structure he has to remove to treat our patient's decay. This type of dentistry helps our patients keep their teeth for a lifetime. 


Learn more about Microdentistry here.

We Are Here to Help

If you lose a filling, Dr. James Stanford and the Stanford Dental team is here for you. Whether you live in Manchester, Ballwin, Ellisville, or the greater St. Louis area, we are available for your emergency care. Don't delay; call us today!

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